“Oh that my people had hearkened [listened] unto me…” Psalm
Our brains interpret what our eyes are looking at. Many
“situations” have been misjudged by what
appeared to be the truth. In
courtrooms verdicts have
been handed down in error because someone
thought they saw or heard something that was
actually totally different from their
If you looked at this
line ___________ and called it a straight
line, I would have to disagree. If I look
at with my left eye, it is not straight, but
wavy. My eye has “wet macula” and requires
an injection every few weeks to prevent
further damage. So you see, your concept
would be different from mine. What appears
to be, may not be—like a mirage.
You might identify a sound and asked what I heard; you could
get a different opinion. I have a cochlear
implant and hear things somewhat differently
from someone who doesn’t have that device.
Just yesterday, I heard my cell phone and
assumed my sister called me. She didn’t; it
was an alarm I had set to remind me of
something! I have different sounds for
alarms set in my phone than for a call; but
from another room, I couldn’t distinguish
between the two. It is all in the way my
mind perceives sight and sound.
None of the myriad concepts of man can ever replace God nor
cause Him to alter who He is in any atom of
degree. He said of Himself that He will
“change not” (Malachi 3:6).
I don’t think I am remiss to say that the only absolutes are
God’s! He alone is totally Truth, totally
Light. This earth will pass away some day,
but His Word will never change. What He has
spoken will be, and we cannot change those
Truths. We cannot produce a shadow to hide
or diminish them.
Can you explain love? Can you touch it physically, see it
visually. It can only be experienced with
emotion as our mind conceives it. It can be
fickle; it can come; it can go. We can be
fooled by it if we perceive we are loved
when we are only being used by someone.
Only God has “pure” Love! He IS Love! His
Love is beyond our comprehension. It
reaches into eternity!
Do you remember the story from India, “The Six Blind Men and
the Elephant”? Wikipedia describes it this
way: “…six blind men were asked to
determine what an elephant looked like by
feeling different parts of the elephant's
body. The blind man who feels a leg says the
elephant is like a pillar; the one who feels
the tail says the elephant is like a rope;
the one who feels the trunk says the
elephant is like a tree branch; the one who
feels the ear says the elephant is like a
hand fan; the one who feels the belly says
the elephant is like a wall; and the one who
feels the tusk says the elephant is like a
No doubt each of the blind men was convinced that he
had the correct concept of what an elephant
was like. It was a matter of what each mind
Are you getting the picture? No wonder the Bible says we
“walk by faith, not by sight.” (2
Corinthians 5:7). The first verse of the
“faith chapter” defines faith as “the
substance of things hoped for, the evidence
of things not seen” (Hebrews 11).
Can you see gravity, the wind? Sight, hearing
and physical sensations are not the
basis for our faith; it has to be based on
Truth. Jesus is Truth; His Word is Truth.
Deviation from these evidences could result in a
lie. We can’t rely on what we think we see and hear
and feel. These things are unreliable proofs
that what we are exposed to with our eyes
and ears and experience is absolute Truth.
Cults and false religions may sound totally reasonable to the
natural mind. They might even produce
a "tingling" sensation to the senses.
Do you want to be a god someday? Who
wouldn’t want to be so
Wouldn’t it be nice to be so exclusive to God that you could
be one of the 144,000?
The awesome earth and its contents—could they be god around
us and in us?
What about a god that you can control yourself?
Make-it-yourself god! You control what you
want your god to be to you as you control
your own life and destiny.
There are gods you can touch and feel with your hands and
your mind. You have control of what they
demand and expect of you.
when you think about it, if we worship a god
that we have designed, we are actually
worshipping ourselves, aren't we? If I
designed it, it would be in my likeness,
based on my personal preferences not Jehovah
God's. If a god created by someone
else appealed to me and I chose it instead
of our Creator, it would still represent me
and what my human nature desired. I
would be a self-worshipper. Think of
Ah, but these are fantasies! Products of someone’s wishful
imagination and propagated to others of like
mind. Satan has “scouts” on the lookout for
vulnerable and culpable prospects to deceive
into believing “reasonable” false religions.
worldly knowledge, scientific discoveries
and man’s curious search for truth will not
bring us closer to our Creator. He has
given us His very Word to search (John 5:39)
and His Holy Spirit to verify its veracity,
and to reject it and/or replace it with
man’s conclusions is heresy and will lead to
confusion and destruction. The litmus
test of every doctrine about God is--does it
agree with the Bible, God's Word. Not
God's Word plus something else, but God's
Word alone. If that test fails, run away
from the doctrine!
It is not
mysterious nor is it past finding out.
Jesus said all that came to Him would be
accepted (not cast out, John 6:37). It
is not hidden; it is “Light” itself. Not only is
Jesus “the Light,” but His followers will
have that Light so that others may follow
In answer to Pilate’s question, Jesus replied that everyone
that is of the truth heard His voice. He
had already testified,
“I am the light of
the world: he that followeth me shall not
walk in darkness, but shall have the light
of life” (John 8:12).
person will stand before God without excuse.
We don’t have to learn mantras, go through
earthly temples, or learn exercises of some
sort to get God’s attention. We just
need to walk in the “Light that leads to
Truth” and everlasting life.
“Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the
life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by
me” (John 14:6). “…him that cometh to me I
will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).
What could be simpler and easier understood? God wants us to
know He is accessible and desirous of our
approach. He purposefully offers blessings,
peace, joy, security; He seeks and enjoys fellowship
May we allow the Holy Spirit to guide our minds always into
the Truth and the Light and not be led
astray and deceived by the perception of
what we see and hear and feel, but “…be renewed in
the spirit of your mind” (Ephesians 4:23).
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary; and they
shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
light of Christ always direct your path