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2 Peter 2:2
2 And [kai] many [polus] shall follow [exakoloutheo]
their [autos] pernicious ways [apoleia]; by reason of [dia] whom [hos] the way [hodos] of truth [aletheia] shall be evil spoken of [blasphemeo]. KJV-Interlinear
2 And many will follow their
sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;NASB
Believers in Christ can
be the worst representatives for Christianity.Most believers do not pursue their spiritual life, and therefore, they
lack wisdom, foresight, discernment and such in their souls.
This makes them no
better than, and certainly more similar to, unbelievers.However unbelievers don t spend much time
criticizing one another, when they have Christians to criticize for their Christian
This is the devils
world, and Satan does not gain much by targeting non-Christians.His target is God and therefore Christians
get caught up in his crosshairs too.
Prior to the Cross,
Satan s target was the line of Christ, in order to prevent the Cross from
occurring.From Adam to Joseph and Mary,
Satan tried to destroy humanity first, in the pre-flood era, and then the line
of the Patriarchs subsequent to that period, and then the nation of Israel subsequent
Once the Cross had
occurred, then all believers in Christ became the target. To prevent the gospel
from getting to people in general, and to prevent doctrine from allowing them
to grow after salvation, has been Satan s objective all along.
After the Rapture, his
only course of action will be to destroy all Christians, so that there will be
no one for Christ to return to in His second advent, to rescue.And failing that, Satan will attempt to
destroy all of humanity in the Armageddon war.
Satan is good at what
But humanity helps him
along with their own sin natures.
In this world, there
are those who deceive, and those who are deceived.The leaders and the followers.Both are equally guilty of their respective
versions of sin.
The leaders are guilty
for their lustful pursuits for power and such, and the followers are guilty for
their believing that the promises of the leaders will get them something better
in life, or better stated, so they can get something for nothing, something for
no responsibility, something for no accountability.
In every case, all are sentencing
themselves to doom.
Those believers who
adopt this attitude, only make things worse for others who may be observing
them.Believers who boast Christianity on
the one hand, and then pursue lascivious or ascetic habits on the other hand,
only make a bad name for Christianity.
People should view the Bible
for its own merits, and not the people who boast of its practice.People lie. People are hypocrites.People are users or opportunists when they
have the attention of others.
You cannot judge God,
Christ, the Bible, doctrine, or the spiritual life, by the actions or
lifestyles or tendencies of people.People are the worst of examples.
Your role model is
Christ and doctrine, not people.There will
be lots of folks who try to make people of history, or even people of
contemporary times, as heroes.
If you are impressed by
firemen, astronauts, rich or successful people, athletes, celebrities and so
forth, then your observations are in error.
No living or dead
person, is worthy of being a role model.People are dust, made into life and given all of their attributes from
God, and from no other source.
God created life. God
saved life.God originated the plan for
the perpetuation of life and everything associated with it.People do nothing.
You cannot earn or
deserve anything in life.
Everything comes to you
courtesy of the grace of God, and from no other source.Certainly not from yourself.
When you have your eyes
on people, than you will have a tendency of being critical, judgmental, and
otherwise distracted by human standards.
When you get your eyes
on God, then none of the people stuff, will matter.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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