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Question: Another reader asked the question “why did God allow other religions?”. It provoked me to ask “how do I know that I am following the correct Christian teachings?” I have Christian friends at work and everyone of them asks me to come to their church. Every one thinks they are getting the right message from their wonderful pastor. I’ve asked our Father for guidance but I am not getting an answer as to not how many religions there are but to which Christians I am to be with in my journey. Can you shed some biblical light on this?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Brian.
Let me first say it is a wonderful thing to have other Christians around you who care enough about you that they invited you to their church home. However, as I can tell from your question, you are not convinced by the teachings of those churches and I certainly do not blame you for that. Unfortunately, many Christians today get caught up in a fancy church building or a good sounding band or maybe a swift talking pastor. That is all great, but what did you learn when you were in God’s so called house? How much time did the church spend in the actual Word? Did swifty and the band take center stage or did God?
You can know if you are following the correct Christian teachings by verifying those teachings in His Word. You always want to ensure you are given documentation when you are told of a spiritual truth. Then you need to ensure that you read within context the subject. If I gave you a verse in the middle of the chapter, it would be wise to go back and read several verses before hand, if not the entire chapter all together.
We know from Revelation 2-3 Christ was only happy with two of the seven churches due to what they taught, teaching of course about the children of Satan. Think about that. Only two of seven churches! Imagine what He thinks of the churches today.
Please turn your Bible with me to,
2 Timothy 2:15
15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
This is how we ensure we are following the correct Christian teachings. We study. Study what? God’s Word the Bible which is The Textbook of Life.
What else should we do? We should be as the Bereans…
11 “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
The Bereans not only listened to the Word, but they cracked the book and looked to see if what they were told was true. If more of us did that today there would be very little false teaching taking place in the world.
To close out your question, there is nothing wrong with fellowship between other Christians. You never know, maybe you can help another Christian in their spiritual walk or help them through a weak time in their life. You do want to ensure that false beliefs, if they exist between those you are fellowshipping with and/or their church do not rub off on you. I have seen this happen many times in my life. Stay strong in the Word and do not accept anything as a Biblical truth until you can document it for yourself in the Word.
Question: In this article your opening verse is Mark 13:23 which happens to be my favorite, because I believe just as Jesus stated and that this verse speaks to us now concerning ALL things. My question comes though as I shared this article and a friend wrote
“When I read Mark 13:23 in context, it is speaking specifically to the Apostles, and specifically about telling them of the signs before Christ’s return so that they would be aware of all of the signs…if Jesus were actually saying that we can know all things, then it would be contradicting verse 32 in that same chapter where He says, “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
In the very next verse, 33, He repeats His intention for telling them about all of the signs…”Be on guard, keep awake.a For you do not know when the time will come.” I would be careful of any who take verses out of context, because it can lead to a misinterpretation of God’s divine meaning and a deceptive application.
I would certainly say that we should seek God in prayer, and in His Word, for all of the answers we need in this life, but with a heart to discover His meaning and not to read our own meanings into His Word. There are also questions that will not be answered now, but we can always know that we should simply trust Him and walk as He walked here. Now we can only discern things from a distance, that is why there is still error in the world. Consider 1 Corinthians 13 verse 12, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” The hope is that we can look forward to a full understanding that can be applied apart from sin.”
I responded “We won’t know all things it’s impossible. However God’s word is truth and will never change. Only we change. He tells us that we won’t know the day nor the hour. So was he not telling us exactly what we would know? He answered that for us. His word tells us everything we need to know and it is through our personal walk with Jesus that we get the answers needed for us and only we can account for our lives and relationship with him. We aren’t capable of the full knowledge as you can read his word everyday of your life and still be learning from it can you not?”
After a few more comments back and forth, I don’t think that I was clearly able to explain how this statement is true. Are you able to show in God’s word how this statement by Jesus is true when it comes to God’s letter he left for us?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Stephanie, thank you for the question. I hope you and your family are well.
It sounds like your friend misquoted Mark 13:23 which her whole position was based on. Please turn your Bible with me to,
23 “But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.”
Christ did not say we would know all things. He was not saying that He taught us advanced mathematics, though that would have been nice! He said, “I have foretold you all things.” Foretold us what? Through the scriptures, He taught us what it is we need to know on our Christian walk with Him. Christ told us everything we needed to know and you are absolutely right when you said, “He tells us that, we won’t know the day, nor the hour. So was he not telling us exactly what we would know“.
God’s Word never contradicts itself, never, not even once. If we find a contradiction then it means either we have made an error in our understanding of the Word or there could be a translation error which we can note in Genesis 1:2. No big deal, but we need to ensure we understand this.
Concerning the last paragraph of your friends comment. I am not sure to what extent she is discussing ‘not understanding the Word‘. I will say far too often I feel Christians throw their hands up in the air when they cannot find a scriptural answer for something and they simple say, “well, we cannot know everything. How can we hope to understand God?”
I feel that is giving up. God sent us the Word so we could understand if we put in the work. If we diligently seek out the scriptures they most certainly will be revealed to you. That does not mean it will happen over night, it takes time, years even, through diligent study and prayer on our part. When Christ said “I have foretold you all things” He meant it. However, it is up to us to ask Him, then seek and finally find the answer to our question in His Word (Matthew 7:7-8).
Question: I recently read one of your Bible studies on Satan and the mark of the beast. Scripture says the mark on your hand or forehead being that you believe in Satan’s system and do works for his system. My question is what do you think of the implementation of microchips in the hand that are being used in some countries to store all medical and financial documents. Does this somehow relate to the beast system and do you advise staying away from it? Thank you and God bless.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Josh.
The important thing to comprehend when considering the Mark of the Beast is to understand God is not trying to trick anyone. You are not going to mistakenly or accidentally accept the Mark of the Beast.
The Tribulation will be test time for us all. It will be God’s ultimate test for mankind to see who read The Textbook of Life, to see who will ace the test of life by standing by Him.
Chips have been on Christians mind since the dawn of the computer age and chips are becoming bigger than ever. They are in everything and could even dictate how you shop one day. Does that mean you are accepting the Mark of the Beast? Of course not. In 2004 the FDA approved of implantable chips for medical records. That was already 12 years ago and Satan still has not shown his face.
To answer your question, if someone wants to place a chip in their arm for whatever reason that is certainly their choice to do so. However, it has nothing to do with scripture and the individual would not be accepting any mark. Some people have electronic pace makers to keep them alive, is that accepting a mark? Not a chance. How about the electronic banking system we use today? We all have chips in our credit cards and now our cell phones can even be used to purchase items with a tap. That is not the Mark of the Beast.
As these technologies become more prevalent there is no doubt in my mind they will be used by Satan’s beast government. It will be at that time when those who do not pledge allegiance to Satan will be locked out of these systems. There will be great division between the people in those days as we discussed in The Mark of the Beast study.
Would I insert a chip into my body for medical records? No. My reasoning is not based on any scriptural belief, but I do feel technology has its places and inside my body for that purpose is not one of them.
Additional Reading: Preparing Our Households for the Tribulation
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