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What didn't get said

Posted by Tim :: Ministry News

At the Rock last Friday, I talked about "Real Problems with the Bible". Well, at least apparently real. Without question, there are many in the academic institutions of the world that are taking the offensive against the Bible. They see it as restrictive and controlling. In reality, the restrictions of the Bible protect you and prolong your life, and it is they who are controlled.
In II Peter today, I read about false teachers. In chapter 2 verse 19 the Bible says, "They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves to sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you." It's amazing to me how appealing the lie is to both believers and unbelievers alike. It sounds so good, but after you bite into it you discover that it's got strings attached.
Anyway, to excuse their rebellious attitudes, false teachers will make themselves sound right by attacking the truth. As I mentioned in the quote by Aldus Huxley ("The philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in pure metaphysics, he is also concerned to prove that there is no valid reason why he personally should not do as he wants to do..."), if the motivation is there the end is inevitable. They don't want there to be a “meaning of life” for all. They don't want there to be any rules to follow. They don't want there to be a God.
They want to do what they want when they want and without any negative consequences. But such an existence denies reality. The world has been clearly designed for a purpose; it's guided by rules; and is governed by a Creator. To rebel against the obvious is to live in denial. A futile attempt to escape the harsh realities of a fallen world. But you only end up running deeper into the dungeon.
As we learned two weeks back at the Rock, freedom and life is found in embracing the pain and finding the amazing love of God in the midst of it. Truth has always been stranger than fiction.