ReligionWritten by Joyce C. Lock
Mahatma Gandhi once said, "I believe in fundamental truth of all great religions of world. I believe that they are all God-given and I believe that they were necessary for people to whom these religions were revealed. And I believe that if only we could all of us read scriptures of different faiths from standpoints of followers of these faiths, we should find that they were at bottom all one and were all helpful to one another."
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is head of body, church: who is beginning, firstborn from dead; that in all things he might have preeminence, Co. 1:16-18.
There is at least some truth in every religion and things that are not true about all religions. Religion changes with every generation. And, with huge multitude of religions, it seems absurd for anyone to think they have all answers.
Many churches have become any of following: cold, dead, legal, stuffy, and or a social club. Often, they are so very educated that they no longer get their instruction from God (acting like they are God).
And, even some of most spiritual churches appear as if they know everything God believes, everything He thinks. They don't even have to ask Him, as they already know all rules. They decide who is worthy to serve, who is right gender, and who has all right stuff.
Knowing Them By Their Fruit...Written by Joyce C. Lock
A prophet is to be proclaiming things heard from God. Whenever God speaks, scripture supports it ... though probably not where someone points, "Thus saith Lord," stealing God's words (running when He didn't send them).
Prophets guide people through their wilderness. You'll know them by their fruit, as God reserves spiritual gifts for those who have heart for it.
Within Bible is God's definition for most every word of significance given in scripture. God is His own best commentator. Teachers forgot to teach themselves.
If you're interested in God's intent, ask Him. Search scriptures. If you seek God with your whole heart, He'll reveal himself to you. And when His Spirit writes words upon your heart (which is truth, as He cannot lie), you'll come to 'know' God in newfound ways. The words of His mouth are our necessary food.
Some teach, if you pick just one verse, you're taking it out of context. How, on earth could you have taken it out of context if God spoke it to your heart? However God speaks to your need, that word is infallible. Though, it might be true if you're selecting a verse to support your thinking (telling God what He believes).