I recently heard a Muslim evangelist
share with a Christian listener
numerous Bible verses
that appeared to be highly discrepant.
The Muslim man appeared highly intelligent,
and the Christian man appeared to be
totally absorbed by what the Muslim man said.
I could see the doubt
that began to show on the Christian man's face
when the Muslim man brought up
foolish inconsistencies in the Word of God.
It appeared like the Christian man’s faith
began to wane.
If I did not know the Word of the Lord
and had not read His book end to end,
over and and over again;
if I had not been given vision and dreams
that line up perfectly to God’s Holy Spirit;
if I had not experienced the Hand of Jesus
pulling me out of the pit
and lifting me up to place me on the boardwalk;
if I had not seen Jesus with my own eyes
opening the door of the heavenly divide,
then I also may have fallen for that Muslim man’s
You see, one of the ways
that man deceives himself,
is that he believes he is smarter than God!
The Muslim man appeared so proud
that he was able to twist the Word of God.
Unfortunately, there are many people
who actually believe that God’s Word
is full of lies.
They like to dig deep into the scripture
so they can pull out the knots
of what scripture says.
But what they do not understand
is that if their hearts are hard
and resistant to God,
then the truth of the Word
will not be opened to them.
Just like the Muslim evangelist,
they may think that God
did not know what He was doing
when He wrote the Holy Bible.
They may think the Bible was written
by foolish men who wrote down the words
all by themselves.
They may think that certain verses
are in opposition,
but it’s only because
they have not been given
spiritual eyes to see what the Word says.
Most of God’s Word
is read between the lines,
and the Holy Spirit serves as our guide.
Take for instance Matthew Chapter 5
and compare it to 2 John.
Some would say the laws were worthless,
because Jesus himself came to fulfill it.
Others would say
God’s laws were good because they help us to live
according to His plan.
So the question is - Is Jesus discrepant?
Is Jesus tripping over His own Word?
Are the prophets making most of it up?
Do we choose Jesus or the Law?
“Do not think that I have come
to abolish the Law or the Prophets;
I have not come to abolish them
but to fulfill them.
For truly, I say to you,
until heaven and earth pass away,
not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law
until all is accomplished.
Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least
of these commandments
and teaches others to do the same
will be called least in the kingdom of heaven,
but whoever does them and teaches them
will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
For I tell you, unless your righteousness
exceeds that of the scribes
and Pharisees, you will never
enter the kingdom of heaven.
If that is true,
then why does John say,
“My dear children, I am writing this to you
so that you will not sin.
But if anyone does sin,
we have an advocate
who pleads our case before the Father.
He is Jesus Christ,
the one who is truly righteous.
He himself is the sacrifice
that atones for our sins
and not only our sins
but the sins of all the world.”
2 John 1-3
Well, to know the answer one has to read on.
There is so much clarity in what comes next.
John also says,
“And we can be sure that we know him
if we obey his commandments.
If someone claims, “I know God,”
but does not obey God’s commandments,
that person is a liar
and is not living in the truth.
But those who obey God’s word
truly show how completely they love him.
That is how we know we are living in him.
Those who say they live in God
should live their lives as Jesus did.”
1 John 2:1-6
Jesus fulfilled every one
of God’s commandments
AND He believed every prophet
for what they said.
Jesus loved man despite their sin,
so much so that He came to die for them.
Jesus ate with sinners and submitted to kings;
He showed compassion
for those possessed by demons.
Jesus did not hide away in caves.
Jesus settled storms and walked on the waves.
Jesus loved Mary Magdalene,
and the Gentile woman who came to the well.
Jesus took the stones from the attackers hands,
not with force or power, but through His words
and the conviction that comes from the Holy Spirit.
Jesus overturned tables
when money was being exchanged
in His Father’s House.
Jesus went in and Jesus went out.
Jesus taught God’s Word
to anyone who would listen.
Jesus healed lepers,
conversed with tax collectors,
and made men who fished
fishermen of humans.
Jesus died to self
so that others could live.
My friends -
The Word of God
is the sword of His Spirit!
“The Word of God is alive and powerful.
It is sharper than the sharpest
cutting between soul and spirit,
between joint and marrow.
It exposes our innermost thoughts
and desires. Nothing in all creation
is hidden from God.
Everything is naked
and exposed before his eyes,
and he is the one
to whom we are accountable.”
Do not let anyone shake you!
There are millions of false prophets
walking among us!
It’s not just other religions that do this.
There are so many people
with hard hearts like the Muslim evangelist.
There is so much twisted truth
that has even infected the “church!”
If anyone tells you that a priest is needed,
because they are good and you are not -
that they alone can stand between you and God,
then they are a liar,
and fit into the category of a false prophet!
Do not believe them!
There is no such thing as worshipping a man.
There is no such thing as humans worshipping angels.
For goodness sake - Read Hebrews;
but first prepare your heart to hear from God.
Come to His altar and lay your life down.
Repent for the things that you have done wrong,
and choose for yourself who you want to serve.
IS NOT DISCREPANT!
JESUS IS THE REASON YOU STILL HAVE BREATH!