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Seeking Truth

Over the centuries since the apostles have passed, many teachers have taken to the pulpits to give their own personal ideas and interpretations of scripture. Some of these people were dead set on deceiving generations, and have done so with evil intentions in their heart. This has now created what I call traditions of personal interpretations.


In 2 Peter 1:20, we are told that prophecy is of no personal interpretation. Meaning that we are not to read a prophetic verse and say, “this is what it means to me”. Whatever a prophecy means to you is completely irrelevant. What is important is that we discover the intended meaning of the prophecy. We are to study to find ourselves approved of God, by rightly dividing the word, 2 Timothy 2:15.


Christ and his apostles told us many times to not be deceived. We were given this warning over false teachers, the company we keep, seeking wealth, thinking you are not a sinner, sin being a trap, Satan, prophesy, and many more. Yet, many think these things are not important. If they were not important, then why were we warned to not be deceived?


While many may not see these things as a direct salvation issue, the ones who spoke them obviously thought differently. They seen where the sheep could be led astray.


This brings me back to my teenage years when I had read the Bible through, and what I read did not match the world view I had been taught nor was it what I heard preached from the pulpits. I still believed in God and that Christ was the risen savior, but it was difficult for me to read the scriptures, because it was in opposition of the traditions of personal interpretations that I held to.


It was not until my early/mid 30s that I started researching and reading the word for myself, seeking out what God really meant. Once I erased the world views I had been taught from growing up and sitting in the pews in churches, and read the Bible as if I had never heard anything from it, the scriptures began to make perfect sense.

More and more, I am hearing and reading of others who have taken on the initiative to not just read the Bible, but to go in deep and study it. Those who through their prayers and long hours of searching one passage after another, making outlines, and seeking for what God intended when he spoke are coming to the same conclusions.


HOW TO STUDY

Pick a prophecy or a topic, and look up every scripture pertaining to it. Go back, look at the word that it was interpreted from. Seek out other information like archaeology finds, and then compare it to what the earliest Christians believed. Take notes, and make outlines. Most importantly, research to see where what you have been taught and where your current belief originated from; who taught it, what was their religion at the time, and why did they teach it?

Trust me, you will be surprised where some of these traditions of personal interpretations came from, interpretations that the early church seen as an abomination. And when you dig into the word to seek God's interpretation, you will understand why.

We all need to keep in mind that it does not matter what anyone's personal interpretation is. God's judgment will stand, the prophecy written will come to pass just as God meant for it to. God is who He said He is. Hell is a real place, whether you believe in it or not, and Satan will not want to be there either. Satan has no authority to throw you out of hell, or to send you to heaven, no matter how annoying you think you can be.


This is why we must find out what God was saying.


I feel that it is only a matter of time before our Bibles are taken from us and burned. Read them, study them, and hide the word in your hearts. Seek the truth, pray for eyes to see and ears to hear so that you are not deceived, because it was very important for us to be warned of the deceptions.




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