“You just ‘cherry pick’ verses to say what you want the Bible to say,” is a common complaint among anti-Christians these days. Sometimes their point is legit, but most of the time it is a ploy to silence the Christian. The counter challenge is for these people to check it out in their Bibles BEFORE spouting this modern “cliché.”
I try to check out the context of someone’s proof verse first to answer who is talking (the devil or a Jesus, for example)? Who are they talking to? (lost or saved people, Jews or Christians). Where is the event occurring (heaven, hell or on earth)? What is the topic being addressed (don’t make a doctrine where there isn’t one intended)?
“You know, you don’t have to have everyone look up the verse in the Bible when you preach.” A visitor to our church services told me. “I trust you.” That is great that he trusted me, but God wants us to use our Bibles, to get familiar with them, and to check things out on our own. The Bereans did this and God said they were “more noble” than some other Christians. He complimented them on their mindset and searching the scriptures.
When it doubt, check it out!
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11.
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