What Truth Do You Tell Your Online Disciples?
August 15, 2011
Which of these phrases are in the Bible and which are from Shakespeare?
1) Apple of his eye.
2) Blind lead the blind.
3) City set on a hill.
4) Pluck out the heart.
5) Confess yourself to heaven.
6) Eat, drink, and be merry.
7) Get thee behind me, Satan.
8) Neither a borrower nor lender be.
9) Passing through nature to eternity.
10) The rest is silence.
Sometimes people say things that sound good and are convincing, but sometimes these things are wrong.
Recently the way that I approach scriptures has changed. I used to read the Bible according to other people’s perspective; I would determine the meaning of what I read based upon what I had been told. I would take what preachers preached, authors wrote, or friends spoke as the truth. They must have studied up, right? I’ve since realized that a lot of what I have been taught goes against what the Bible really says.
Have you ever heard “God helps those who help themselves” or “This too shall pass”? Those aren’t in the Bible. Have you ever told someone that all they have to do to become a Christian is to accept Jesus into their heart? You might want to run that by scriptures. Do you think sin has control over your life once you become a Christian? Check out Romans 6.
I have started to ask myself what Biblical truths I would believe in if no one had ever told me anything about it; if the Bible was the only book that I ever read. Would my life even look the same? I am grateful for all of the teaching that I have had in my lifetime, but I now recognize the importance of having my own understanding of the Bible as opposed to just taking on other people’s thinking.
You may have online disciples that only have the Bible to go by; they don’t have people teaching them about scriptures. Maybe your disciples haven’t been taught how to live or what is true. They have a unique and valuable perspective. As you communicate with these disciples encourage them to ask God to reveal Himself through His Word. Let them know that they shouldn’t be discouraged by their lack of knowledge, but instead intrigued. And lastly, I encourage you to look at the Bible through their eyes. Look at God’s Word with an open heart and a desire to know the truth.
-Amber Marshall (SVSP 2011 Intern)
P.S. In case you were wondering, 4, 5, 8, 9, and 10 were all Shakespeare.
P.P.S. This video by Francis Chan has been a wonderful challenge for me!