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By Curtis Pugh

            Each person shall stand before God as an individual and so each one must be free to believe what they will. The problem is that men think (and act) according to their fallen nature. Men love sin and so they think sinful thoughts. The Bible says “...the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be,” (Romans 8:7). The minds of men as they are naturally born cannot be subject to God and His law unless and until the Holy Spirit births such an individual into God's family.

            And so men think God is like themselves. God said, “...thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee...” (Psalm 50:21).  If you think God is like us, your thinking is wrong. You need reproving: you need to have your thinking straightened out. God is not anything like man. Adam was created in the image of God, but he fell by sinning and that image was ruined, corrupted and defiled to the point it is completely opposed to God's thinking and cannot remedy itself.

            God stated: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.   For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts,” (Isaiah 55:8-9). We may be sure that whatever men think about themselves, about God, sin, salvation, baptism, etc. - whatever they have figured out for themselves – is wrong!

            That is why God sent prophets to the Jews and why He revealed Himself in the Bible. Men and women need to be taught the Bible. Man may think he has things figured out, but he has them all wrong! Only by understanding the Bible and bringing our thoughts into line with that Book can we think God's thoughts after Him.

            But the Bible can be used in a dangerous way when men try to make it say what they want it to say. Peter wrote about Paul's writings and said, “ which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction,” (2 Peter 3:16). Peter warned of people who twist the Scriptures. To do so brings them not to the truth, but “unto their own destruction.” Men hate the idea of God being completely in control of all things and so they deny predestination, unconditional election, the security of the believer and other biblical teaching. They prefer to think they have a part in qualifying for God's grace. And so they preach that human initiated works will save the lost: the work of praying, of being baptized, or of making a decision, etc. But God speaks of the saved, saying: “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God,” (John 1:13).

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