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"SHOW me thy ways, O LORD; TEACH me thy
paths. LEAD me in thy TRUTH, and TEACH me..." "O send
out thy LIGHT and thy TRUTH: let them lead me..." (Psa 25:4-5, 43:3)
Jesus said, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). "...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). We certainly have more reason to fear UNTRUTH THAN TRUTH!
God wants us to be free of the commandments and restrictions of men, as well as to be free of degrading addictions. Ignorant teachers and false religions have placed many commandments and restrictions upon men, which God never intended. Jesus speaking of such said, "...teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." (Matt 15:9). Apostle Paul speaking of this said, "Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth." (1 Tim 4:3).
Although God's laws do not allow us to do everything we might want to do on the spur of the moment, yet the result of keeping His laws is life and freedom. It's the perfect law of liberty (James 1:25, 2:12)! Satan's freedom allows his followers to freely itch their poison ivy (degrading addictions) while God's freedom delivers His followers from the poison ivy.
God's commandments are not grievous (1 John 5:3). "For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly." (Psa 84:11). "The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing." (Psa 34:10). "...godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come". (1 Tim 4:8). God's freedom frees us from hate, envy and bitterness which tear a man down. Although Godliness and truth hold freedom and blessing for time and eternity, yet holding to Godliness and truth is a real challenge. Jesus said, "Strive to enter in at the strait gate... (Luke 13:24). Yet it's worth the fight. Apostle Paul close to his death said, "I have fought a good fight..." (2 Tim 4:7). May we do the same!
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This website is a compilation of many articles that were written over a period of approximately 18 years and largely before 2005. Some of the articles herein are quite concise and focused upon exposing particular crucial truths. Other articles on this site are very very extensive doctrinal writings. The extensive doctrinal writings on this site were written while very extensively studying a subject and trying to learn what the Bible truly teaches about the subject. Thousands of hours were put into the research and writing as appears on this site.
With regards to any subject (religious or non religious), one in doing an extensive study naturally should write down his finding and arrange them in a orderly manner for further study and to best understand the subject. To study a subject without having anything written down about it would be a quite limited and inadequate research. Sometimes I wonder why I researched and wrote about so many religious subjects, and then I remember it was because I had many questions about many subjects and wanted clear answers for myself, and often got into subjects very deeply as I endeavored to learn the truth about them. In my research I often was very shocked at what I learned.
Too often us humans in studying a religious subject, simply study the Bible to learn how it means what we have been taught it means or already know it means. If we merely study as such, it is very possible that we will erroneously make the Bible fit our belief rather then learn what the Bible really teaches. One in honestly studying a religious subject must build from the Bible foundation upward, rather then build from their belief downward as in trying to make the Bible foundation match their already certain belief. Although I some times in studying a subject wanted to find a quick and easy answer to evade extensive digging (as digging takes much time and effort), yet I repeatedly was required to dig clear to the bottom of the subject and start building from there. I in extensively studying a subject often encountered questions and issues that I never even thought of before, which yet needed to be honestly and carefully considered. Thus in this site you might find me seeking answers for questions and considering issues that you, like me, had never even thought of before. One dare never close his mind to honest questions and relevant issues but must be willing to consider all aspects in forming a conclusion. I at times even hesitated to extensively study a subject as I was almost afraid what I would learn in extensively studying the subject. I quite often had to change my views as I extensively studied a subject. I in my Biblical studies found in a new way that God has a good plan for man.
Some places in this site, and especially in some of my earlier articles, I too much merely advocated some of my personal beliefs which I had been taught and had thus adopted, without having or giving sufficient reason for what I was advocating. This I apologize for. Note, I do not expect or want anyone to adopt what I advocate unless I have good and Biblical reasons for what I advocate. In my later articles I tried to be more careful before advocating any particular belief. Too many people accept or reject teachings simply because of who said it, rather than the reasons that might be given for what is said.
Three Scriptures closely connect the fear of the Lord with wisdom and knowledge (Job 28:28, Pro 1:29, Pro 15:33) Three other Scriptures also distinctly state that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge (Psa 111:10, Pro 1:7, Pro 9:10). Often times when people study without the fear of the Lord their studies are unfruitful as Paul speaks of in 2 Tim 3:7 saying, "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." Without the fear of the Lord man's religious studies often lack diligence and honestly, and judgments are made exaggerating the issues and Scriptures that are liked and minimizing the Scriptures and issues that are not liked.
Erring Christians in rejecting truths that they don't like tend to find all kinds of problems, where their really is bountiful answers, and then turn around and find all kinds of so called answers where their really is mostly problems. Jesus speaking of those who exaggerate the issues they like, and minimize the issues they don't like as they try to believe what they want, called them blind guides “which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel” (Matt 23:24). May we speak the truth in our hearts rather than having an evil eye which will only fill us with darkness (Psa 15:2, Matt 6:22-23). May we not generate carnal answers to justify our beliefs or generate carnal accusations to degrade another's beliefs. We should consider that if we were as determined to defend another's beliefs as we are to defend our own beliefs we likely could find some positive points about his beliefs too. May we not complain about a mote (small object) in our brother's eye when behold we have a beam (large object) in our own eye (Matt 7:3-5). Jesus called the Holy Spirit the Spirit of Truth, and how can we have the Spirit of Truth while at the same time we are evading the truth? May we not evade the truth, but rather pray God to teach us truth, and it will make us free (John 8:32&36).
One should consider how the Scriptures teach that the fear of the Lord is only the beginning of wisdom and knowledge rather than the completion of wisdom and knowledge. May the fear of the Lord lead us into a greater and clearer understanding of the truth, and may we hunger and thirst after righteousness that we may be filled (Matt 5:6)! In closing this introduction the writer wishes the reader much courage and patience in his search for the truth. Remember only honest seekers find the truth. Wishing you courage in reading and best wishes!