Certainly and Sincerely wrong!

Posted: August 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

There is a huge difference between being certain of something and being right. Being certain that something is true (or right) does not make it true.  Take Adolf Hitler, for example.  He was certain that killing more than 12,000,000 people (many of them Jews) was acceptable.  Joseph Stalin was certain that killing at least 18,000,000 Soviet dissidents was acceptable.   These men were all certain their belief was right, but they were wrong.  Some people are certain there is no God.  They are certain their belief is right, but they are wrong. Some people are certain there are many ways to be saved and that one way is just as good as another way.  They are certain their belief is right, but they are wrong.

There is also a huge difference between being sincere and being right. Being sincere in your belief does not make something true; you can be extremely sincere in what you believe and be sincerely wrong.  For example, when Saul was persecuting Christians, he sincerely thought he was serving God.  But when he encountered the Lord Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus, Saul realized he had been sincerely wrong.  Followers of Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam, and other religions  are very sincere in their beliefs, but they are sincerely wrong. And yes, even some Christians believe things sincerely, but they are sincerely wrong.  Instead of basing what they believe on the truth of the Bible, they base what they believe on other sources of information or their own feelings and experiences.

As we study the Bible, we need to be willing to bring what we believe into line with the Bible’s teaching — stop believing what we come to realize is false, and start believing what we come to realize is true.

 

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