Posted by: biblestudyseattle | September 5, 2016

Sowing Doubt

Recently I was researching a subject on the internet that I knew little about.  It dawned on me that there are certain signs that can tip you off toward who has the more truthful argument.  I was reading a criticism of an author.  They started out agreeing with the author.  But then the tone turned harsh.  They started almost mocking his credentials.  Using the ‘all the important people got their degree from…’ argument.  Kind of like:

“They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee.”  John 7:52

An honest person will stick to points, not mocking another.  Disagreement is fine, mocking is not.  The other thing disingenuous people do is sow doubt into the truth:

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”  Genesis 3:1

And of course,  bad people lie.  The trouble here is, if you don’t know the subject well.  “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.”  Genesis 3:4

This is probably the most successful lie of all time.  Most people believe it to this day; it is the doctrine that souls are immortal.  As if God cannot destroy a soul.  Yet:

“Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die.”  Ezekiel 18:4

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