Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1 NRSV)
A British biologist by the name of George Romanes, wrote a book designed to further the cause of atheism. He says, "I took it for granted that the Christian faith was played out." When, however, he saw that Christianity worked; that many eminent persons, some of the most illustrious in the fields of science, had ranged themselves on the side of the Gospel, he resolved to let the Bible speak for itself. As a result he wrote a book called THOUGHTS ON RELIGION, showing why, from a merely human point of view, everyone should be a Christian. He concluded, "Unbelief is usually due to indolence, often to prejudice, and never a thing to be proud of." For most of the world's people, there is certainty enough.

This is not to say that faith is to be accepted without careful thought. God gave us minds to protect us from gullibility to every silly idea that comes down the pike. We need to closely examine every new idea to which we are exposed, whether it comes from a preacher, a politician, a professor, a news publication or a TV pundit. God does not honor gullibility. God honors our true and Biblical faithfulness.

Lord Jesus, help me to be true to what is honorable in your kingdom. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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