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I’m Not Lost—Just Getting Directions from the Bible
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”
John 11:25–26 (emphasis mine)
Six blind men were told to feel an elephant and tell what they thought it was.
The first blind man felt the elephant’s ears and thought it was a fan.
The second blind man felt the elephant’s side and thought it was a wall.
The third blind man felt the elephant’s trunk and thought it was a rope.
The fourth blind man felt the elephant’s leg and thought it was a tree.
The fifth blind man felt the elephant’s tusk and thought it was a spear.
The sixth blind man felt the elephant’s tail and thought it was a snake.
This is how many people approach religious doctrine. All can look in the same book—the Bible—and see something different, often based on preconceived notions. Or, very much like the blind men, each sees only a portion of what’s in God’s Word and draws his own conclusions, usually erroneous, about the whole. The danger, of course, is that they come away basing their entire theology on one isolated Scripture instead of seeing the entirety of the written Word of God.
There are people in the church who feel the elephant and come away with a different idea of how their faith is to be expressed. They read the Bible and pick out sections they think pertain to them and follow that thought to the point of forming a new church. That is OK within a certain framework. Different church groups have different worship styles, different ways of governing themselves, and other differences.
But they all need to have one goal: To let people know that the only true way to heaven is to accept Jesus into your heart. He is the only way to God there is. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
You will never find a perfect church. Each church will have its negative aspects. If you aren’t going to church because you are looking for the perfect church, you will be looking forever.
You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.”
Try to stick to what the Bible says, and not what others say the Bible says. People can twist the wording of the Bible to mean what they think they want it to mean. The words will never change. People change.
Something to Ponder
Isn’t it funny how so many of the church members of today argue over what the right doctrine is, and yet they are all walking in the same direction?