I had someone tell me once I do not study the bible because if I don’t know it God will not hold me accountable. This isn’t true. There are many times in the bible God chose to hold those who willfully chose to be ignorant of his laws and would pick and choose what they wanted to believe accountable. Israel had been punished for that very thing. By picking and choosing what they wanted to believe they corrupted his word and smeared God’s good name. We should not assume someone is choosing to have an inaccurate knowledge of God or they choose to be ignorant. We also have to consider are we skipping scriptures because they may cause us discomfort? If they do we should ask ourselves why this is occurring and research the scriptures much more deeply. We need to be careful we are not holding on to a belief that is not a bible teaching. God’s own people got angry at his prophets and even killed some of them because they warned Israel they were not worshiping in truth. So we should be careful if someone delivers a message we may not like and we should carefully weight why they delivered the message and meditate on it. Because God has sent messengers out world wide who were very willing to teach people his word if they do not take in knowledge of him and Jesus for the most part it is most likely willful but there are still sheep out there desiring to know God and Jesus better. So not all are choosing to be willfully ignorant. If there were no sheep left to be found this system of things would have ended by now. So we still have work to do in finding those sheep and helping them to learn about the one true God. God not longer accepts ignorance as an excuse because Jesus clarified everything.
When Jesus was being temped, all he had to do was one act of worship to Satan, but Satan could not trick or deceive Jesus into doing an act of worship because Jesus had written God’s word on his heart and it guided all he did. So we need to seek our answers in God’s word and we should not lean on our own understanding.
God tolerated some of Israels disobedience caused by their ignorance in the past but Jesus clarified many matters when he was on earth in human form so God no longer tolerates ignorance especially willful ignorance. We cannot pick or choose what we want to believe.
Very soon all this will be gone and all we will have is our faith and our relationship with God to get us through the times that are coming. If we do not worship him with our whole heart and our whole soul then how will we make it through what is coming. There will not be wealth , and material possessions will not be able to provide the many things those who are faithful will need. Much of that will be gone. The bible even states they will throw the gold and silver in the streets indicating how worthless it will become.
Because many will be deceived they can be easily blinded and many who believe they are worshiping God in the way he would require will be blinded about the times we are in and even scoff at the mention of it. The one act of worship is all it takes for them to be blinded and be led off into destruction. We have to keep in mind that Satan and his people can appear as angels of light so some may have learned from the m and accept those teaching and because they do not research deeper they could be teaching teachings of man or teaching of demons and not realize it. We have to keep in mind this is a spiritual war and we are all involved and some will win by receiving Gods favor and some will be destroyed. So our lives depend on worshiping God in truth.
Some may have been taught things all their lives, maybe by family or at a very early age by someone they trusted. These things become deeply entrenched. So we should not judge if someone holds a belief that isn’t a bible teaching. We have to keep in mind Satan knows God’s word also and quoted it to Jesus when he tried to temp him. Those who hold onto beliefs that are not what the bible teaches may have had years of the scriptures being used in a misleading way so these beliefs may be deeply set in. If we see someone believes something that the bible does not teach we should hear them out. This gives us a better understanding of what they are feeling and what they are thinking so we can respond more effectively. When we notice someone has something deeply entrenched , they often times know their scriptures well but do not have a clear understanding. It isn’t necessary to flood a person with scriptures to show them what the true meaning is or what God wants us to believe. Jesus talked to them got to see what their understanding of the bible was. Then he used questions based on what he learned from talking to them to get them think deeper and more clearly. One of Satan’s biggest weapons was using the religious figures in Jesus day to get people to question what Jesus taught. We can be certain anything we teach someone Satan will send a messenger to undo what they have been taught. God knows their hearts and if they love God then Satan’s weapons will not work they will slowly take in and learn God’s word in truth. We are not fighting a battle with the person this is a spiritual battle and God’s world should not be used to beat someone but to get them to think and reason.
I will give an example of one belief that is deeply entrenched and knowledge a person may have but they have not meditated on those scriptures more deeply because of deeply entrenched beliefs. For example many believe Jesus is God. Jesus himself never equated himself to God and the bible even said we have to confess Jesus is God’s son. How can we state Jesus is God when that contradicts what the bible tells us to believe? Jesus even stated he did nothing on his own authority but he did the things God had instructed him to do. Also we are told after Jesus does the work God has given him to do when he seated him on the heavenly throne, Jesus will hand the kingdom back to God. If we get to know the person and understand what scriptures they have knowledge of we may be able to ask a question that would get them to think on those scriptures and it may help remove the things that are much more deeply entrenched. If we flood them with many scriptures we would seemingly be attacking them and they may have fond memories of the one who taught them those things. So we could be attacking a big part of their life. There are those who will still refuse to accept God’s word in truth. We know this because those ones killed Jesus because the things he said hurt their hearts. Once we share God’s world with someone it is between them and God. We need to learn from Jesus and try our best to imitate him in how we respond to others when we share his world with them. God knows his sheep and the bible tells us it is God who calls them sheep to Jesus.
For those who may be just learning God’s word, as you read it meditate on it considering God’s qualities and Jesus qualities and think would this be in agreement with the rest of God’s word. Is this something God would require, what does God require. How can I better imitate God and Jesus. How can I please God? How do I respond to a scripture that may not be stating what I have been taught? When I realize I have a belief that is not in agreement with God’s word or what God requires am I working to overcome that?
Things are winding down very quickly now. We need to draw close to God and to his only begotten son Jesus now more then ever.
(Acts 17:29-31) 29 “Therefore, since we are the children of God, we should not think that the Divine Being is like gold or silver or stone, like something sculptured by the art and design of humans. 30 True, God has overlooked the times of such ignorance; but now he is declaring to all people everywhere that they should repent. 31 Because he has set a day on which he purposes to judge the inhabited earth in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and he has provided a guarantee to all men by resurrecting him from the dead.. . .
(Matthew 4:8-11) 8 Again the Devil took him along to an unusually high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him: “All these things I will give you if you fall down and do an act of worship to me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him: “Go away, Satan! For it is written: ‘It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.’” 11 Then the Devil left him, and look! angels came and began to minister to him.
(Job 21:14, 15) 14 But they say to the true God, ‘Leave us alone! We have no desire to know your ways. 15 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? What would we gain by being acquainted with him?’
(Zechariah 7:11, 12) 11 But they kept refusing to pay attention, and they stubbornly turned their backs, and they stopped up their ears so as not to hear. 12 They made their heart like a diamond and would not obey the law and the words that Jehovah of armies sent by his spirit through the former prophets. So there came great indignation from Jehovah of armies.”
(Matthew 13:14-17) . . .. 15 For the heart of this people has grown unreceptive, and with their ears they have heard without response, and they have shut their eyes, so that they might never see with their eyes and hear with their ears and get the sense of it with their hearts and turn back and I heal them.’ 16 “However, happy are your eyes because they see and your ears because they hear. 17 For truly I say to you, many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things you are observing but did not see them, and to hear the things you are hearing but did not hear them.
(Romans 1:28-32) 28 Just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them over to a disapproved mental state, to do the things not fitting. 29 And they were filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, and badness, being full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice, being whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, schemers of what is harmful, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, false to agreements, having no natural affection, and merciless. 32 Although these know full well the righteous decree of God—that those practicing such things are deserving of death—they not only keep on doing them but also approve of those practicing them.
(1 Timothy 6:2-8) . . .Keep on teaching these things and giving these exhortations. 3 If any man teaches another doctrine and does not agree with the wholesome instruction, which is from our Lord Jesus Christ, nor with the teaching that is in harmony with godly devotion, 4 he is puffed up with pride and does not understand anything. He is obsessed with arguments and debates about words. These things give rise to envy, strife, slander, wicked suspicions, 5 constant disputes about minor matters by men who are corrupted in mind and deprived of the truth, thinking that godly devotion is a means of gain. 6 To be sure, there is great gain in godly devotion along with contentment. 7 For we have brought nothing into the world, and neither can we carry anything out. 8 So, having food and clothing, we will be content with these things.
(2 Peter 3:2-7) . . .. 3 First of all know this, that in the last days ridiculers will come with their ridicule, proceeding according to their own desires 4 and saying: “Where is this promised presence of his? Why, from the day our forefathers fell asleep in death, all things are continuing exactly as they were from creation’s beginning.” 5 For they deliberately ignore this fact, that long ago there were heavens and an earth standing firmly out of water and in the midst of water by the word of God; 6 and that by those means the world of that time suffered destruction when it was flooded with water. 7 But by the same word the heavens and the earth that now exist are reserved for fire and are being kept until the day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly people.
(2 Corinthians 11:12-15) 12 But what I am doing I will continue to do, in order to eliminate the pretext of those who are wanting a basis for being found equal to us in the things about which they boast. 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself keeps disguising himself as an angel of light. 15 It is therefore nothing extraordinary if his ministers also keep disguising themselves as ministers of righteousness. But their end will be according to their works.
(1 Timothy 4:1-5) 4 However, the inspired word clearly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired statements and teachings of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, whose conscience is seared as with a branding iron. 3 They forbid marriage and command people to abstain from foods that God created to be partaken of with thanksgiving by those who have faith and accurately know the truth. 4 For every creation of God is fine, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 for it is sanctified through God’s word and prayer over it.
(2 Corinthians 4:2-4) . . .. 3 If, in fact, the good news we declare is veiled, it is veiled among those who are perishing, 4 among whom the god of this system of things has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that the illumination of the glorious good news about the Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine through.
(Matthew 15:6-9) . . .. 7 You hypocrites, Isaiah aptly prophesied about you when he said: 8 ‘This people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far removed from me. 9 It is in vain that they keep worshipping me, for they teach commands of men as doctrines.’. . .
(2 Corinthians 10:3-6) 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not wage warfare according to what we are in the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but powerful by God for overturning strongly entrenched things. 5 For we are overturning reasonings and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are bringing every thought into captivity to make it obedient to the Christ; 6 and we are prepared to inflict punishment for every disobedience, as soon as your own obedience is complete.
(Luke 10:25-28) 25 Now look! a man versed in the Law stood up to test him and said: “Teacher, what do I need to do to inherit everlasting life?” 26 He said to him: “What is written in the Law? How do you read?” 27 In answer he said: “‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole strength and with your whole mind’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 He said to him: “You answered correctly; keep doing this and you will get life.”