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Home The Light Articles from 2006 Truth Is Fallen In the Street

Truth Is Fallen In the Street

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by Frank Garner
Recently, the Dallas Morning News ran a simple block in its "Religion" sec­tion border. It quoted a Gallup Poll finding stating that 28% of people polled said they believe the Bible is literally true. (Conversely, that means 72% of the people polled indicated they did not believe the Bible to be literally true.) That percentage was down from 38% thirty years ago.
Since we do not know the parame­ters of the survey or the question asked, we should not make this statement say more than it does. However, one thing the statistic does say is that belief in the Bible as the literal, inspired Word of God is declining. To believers, this find­ing is no surprise. Sadly, our times are like the times of Isaiah when he uttered, "The truth is fallen in the street..." (Isaiah 59:14).
I sense that the statistic quoted hinted at man's belief about the origin of man. Either a person believes that God spoke creation into existence as recorded in Genesis 1, or a person does not be­lieve it. That belief is fundamentally important. A person believes the Bible is the accurate record of God's revelation to man, or a person does not believe it.
The same worldly logic and reason­ing that denies "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" can systematically deny any other point in God's divine law. If one can doubt Gen­esis 1, then one can doubt Revelation 22 and everything in between.
If we do not believe Genesis 1, it is easy to doubt the divine birth of Jesus. If we do not believe Genesis 1, we can doubt that Jesus is the Son of God. If we do not believe Genesis 1, we can also doubt the resurrection of Christ. We can doubt the existence of heaven and hell. We can doubt the proclaimed truths concerning the church that Jesus prom­ised to build (Matthew 16:18). We can­not pick and choose what to believe at our personal whims. God's Word is not a cafeteria line of divine law.
Remember, the first to deny God's Word was Satan (Genesis 3:4-5). Satan is the father of lies, not the father of truth. "When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it" (John 8:44).
Jesus told us what is true. When praying to God in John 17, he said, "Thy word is truth." Earlier, he had said, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:31-32).
Do we choose to believe the Bible is God's inspired Word? Do we believe that his Word is truth? Do we continue in his Word? Or, do we choose to be­lieve the lies that Satan so skillfully places in front of us? Are we free from the lies of Satan?
It is, then, a matter of our choice to believe the words of truth or the lies of Satan. Please, choose to believe the Word of God "which liveth and abideth forever" (1 Peter 1:23). -P0 Box 861, Princeton, TX 75407


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