I want to first begin by saying that we realize that the title of this article is very inflammatory/provocative, but please give us a few minutes to explain this position. You may be surprised...
Far too many people who are professed believers only read the Bible as opposed to studying it, and one of the best ways to study any given text is to analyze it in its original language. In the case of the Bible, that language would primarily be Aramaic Hebrew. Learning to read and speak Hebrew is not an absolute must in order to read the Scriptures, but it is necessary in order adequately comprehend what is written. The majority of English Bibles are translations and not transliterations, and therefore, much of what is written is comprehended from a modern-western perspective as opposed to an ancient-eastern perspective. Expressions such as poems, songs, and novels can be easily misinterpreted when not studied properly. It can take a great deal of effort to understand the writings of a novelist like William Faulkner without sufficient training. In order understand Faulkner we have to become familiar with his influences and consider the time period in which he wrote. Likewise, the proper tools are needed to analyze writings that date back thousands of years. Of course, this takes time and effort, but the reality is there is no easy access to the Father’s kingdom; much work is required in order to find the straight and narrow Way.
- Matthew 7:14
“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Few find ‘The Way’ because only few are willing to put in the necessary effort.
From personal observations, most Christians simply read the Bible as a book of religious philosophy, and often times the end result is a temporary moment of uplifting inspiration. When reading the Bible it is re-emphasized that the objective is to apply the knowledge being acquired, and applied knowledge essentially equates to wisdom; which brings us to our next point.
The Bible actually defines wisdom as observing and living according to the Father’s instructions.
- Deuteronomy 4:5-6
“5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the Lord my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.
6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”
The biggest downfall of the Christian faith is the adoption of the belief that there is no purpose in living according to the instructions the Father gave us from the very beginning. According to the words of our Messiah the law (instructions) are not destroyed or done away with.
- Matthew 5:17
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”
To fulfil means to ‘do’ something; as to fulfill an obligation. The Messiah fulfilled living according to the commandments/instructions that are given; He Himself never signed off us not doing the same.
In our flesh, many of us may prefer not to follow His instructions so when someone of “authority”, i.e. a Pastor, tells us, “we don’t have to keep the commandments because Jesus paid it all!”, the natural tendency seems to be to accept it because they’re telling us what we want to hear. Christians worldwide have accepted this falsehood despite the words of the Messiah and His disciples:
- John 14:15
"If ye love me, keep my commandments."
- John 2:3-4
"And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
The Word itself states that we must worship Him in spirit and truth. Walking in truth is far more than just a religion, it’s a complete culture of righteousness that governs everything we do.
- 3 John 1:4
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
In closing, let’s allow the scriptures to define truth.
"Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your law (instructions) is the truth."