Saturday, January 11, 2014

Partial Truth is More Dangerous

When the Devil tempted Eve in the Garden, he began with a partial truth to distract her.
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" (Genesis 3.1)
As Eve “tried” to explain, God never said she couldn’t eat of EVERY tree, but by that time she was already distracted from God’s original commandment. The Devil tricked Eve into a dialogue that would eventually end up in destruction.

God’s commandment to love one another does not rest is the treatment of others, but the love of God. Our love for others radiates from our love for God. In fact all of God’s commandments originate in loving God, and desiring to live in communion with Him.
“If you love Me, keep my commandments.” (John 14.15)
Many people obey the commandments of God without loving Him first. Many people feed the hungry, cloth the naked, visit the sick, and give the thirsty a drink, without loving God. So there must be something deeper than just treating others with respect.

Don’t be distracted by partial truths about God’s love. Focus on LOVING God and be willing to do whatever it takes to live in communion with Him. One of the most dangerous partial truths, is, “God loves all people, no matter what.” While this is true, it is almost always used to defend a certain behavior in which God doesn’t want us to engage. God also says, “Sin no more,” (John 5.14 & 8.11) to the paralytic and the adulterous woman.

Just as between Eve and the serpent, accepting a partial truth creates a false premise which never leads back to truth. Be wary when someone begins a discussion with such statements as defense for a certain behavior, as it might lead to destruction.

Want a real truth?

God love you, and He wants you to love Him more than ANYONE else, including yourself! Try that truth on for size.

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