“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in Me.” (John 14:1 NLT)
Trusting in the words of God alone can heal, help, and unify. Trusting in the words of men alone can hurt, damage, and divide. How do you know what to believe? It must be measured by what is true.
Chuck Colson wrote: “The task of this generation—as it will be in every generation—is to understand Christianity as a complete view of the world and humankind’s place in it, that is, as the truth. If Christianity is not the truth, it is nothing, and our faith mere sentimentality.”
What’s prompting all this concern to seek out and know the truth? Because in these last days there are numerous people who profess to speak truth, which in fact, is their understanding of truth at best. At worst, it’s the enemy in disguise deliberately seeking to get you to believe a lie.
It doesn’t matter if something sounds good. That’s not the point. Is it true? Does it line up with what the Bible teaches? And yes, of course, that’s subject to opinion, and you ultimately have to decide whose opinion you’re going to trust. But do your own research. Find tools that will enable you to understand what the Bible is saying.
In Matthew 7:22-23 are some of the most frightening words in the Bible. Jesus said: “On judgment day many will say to Me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied (preached) in Your name and cast out demons in Your name and performed many miracles in Your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from Me, you who break God’s laws.’”
To which “laws” is He referring? Jesus said in Mark 12:29-30: “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all you mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”
My goal as a believer in Jesus is to fulfill these commands to the best of my ability and understanding. The plot thickens when God’s heart is for His family, the Body of Christ, the Church, to dwell in unity and love, but when we love our beliefs, our doctrines more than we love our brothers and sisters, there’s a problem. What do I mean?
If I’m so busy seeking to “correct” my brother or sister because they don’t believe like me, I’m not going to embrace them, I’m going to push them away. Why? What are we making the basis of our unity? Our beliefs, not Jesus.
Friends, please hear my heart. We can’t build our oneness on doctrine – on the sinking sand of what we believe is true. We must build our unity on Truth alone – on JESUS, the Rock! How do we do that? By focusing on what we know to be true about Him. He is God! He came to live a perfect, sinless life on earth in order to be a suitable sacrifice for our sin, because sin demands a payment.
He died on the Cross, not because He deserved to be there, but because His love demanded a sacrifice for our sin to be paid. He arose from the tomb to give us victory over sin and death. We can have our sins forgiven and be given a new life in Him. We walk with Him by faith and grow in our faith as we invest ourselves in His eternal Kingdom. There are others, but hopefully you get the point.
There’s so much we have to agree on, we don’t have to argue and separate because we don’t agree on every single issue. I don’t expect everyone to believe like me. God gave me an insight a long time ago that has guided me as I’ve learned to walk more closely with my Savior. He told me that it’s no accident that there are people who are a lot smarter than me who believe differently than I do. He told me to listen to what they say, see if it is consistent with Scripture, then decide if I might need to shift what I believe about Him.
It’s not simply a matter of who’s right or who’s wrong. It’s more a matter of who’s understanding is most in line with what the Bible teaches. And, honestly, we won’t get that exactly right until Jesus returns or calls us home.
Here’s my takeaway. I’m going to love you as a brother or sister in Christ, not based on that upon which we disagree, but upon that about which we do agree – JESUS! He’s the focal point. If we miss Him, we’ve missed everything.
Does Truth divide? No. People do when we think what we believe is the only way to see the Truth.
Food for thought.
Blessings, Ed 😊
4 thoughts on “Does Truth Divide?”
Truth does divide, it is meant to. We are to divide between truth and error. We are to separate from those who do not teach true doctrine, Paul writes that. Jesus said it. The Sword of Truth will bring about divison, and it is meant too.
We are too separate from those who preach the truth, but do not walk in it, nor obey it.
Truth will cause us to not have any evil association’swith those who compromise the Gospel, who walk in their own ways, and not that of the Lord. Truth will reveal what represents the True Body of Christ from the false Anti-Christ system church.
God’s Word is a two-edged sword, meant to bring division. It reveals those who walk in Spirit of the Word, and those who walk in the flesh. Those who are born from above through the Power of the Holy Spirit, or a self-willed salvation.
Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Mat 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Mat 10:36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
Mat 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Luk 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
Luk 12:52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
Luk 12:53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Eph_6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Heb_4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
So I do have to disagree with your view, it is not from a Holy Spirit teaching….
The Lord bless you…..
I understand and agree with everything you said, but the context of my post was seeking to distinguish between what divides believers and what should hold us together. The Truth of who Jesus is should hold us together, but the ideas of men about the Truth often drive us apart. I appreciate what you wrote and affirm with you that it’s true. Thanks for your well thought through response. Blessings, Ed
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Okay, I appoligize for any misunderstanding I may had.
May I ask then in what specific context are you meaning, when you state: ” context of my post was seeking to distinguish between what divides believers and what should hold us together.”
Is it possible you can give some examples concerning those ideas of men have that drive “us apart”. Just so I can have a clearer picture, of what they are, that would be greatly appreciated. Biblical specific’s can assist in “mis-understandings”.
Thank you for your time.
The Lord bless you….
In His Love
No need for apologies, brother, I actually thought I should apologize to you for not being clearer in my post. What I was trying to get at was it is certainly God’s will for us to be One, as Jesus prayed in John 17. Unity in the Body of Christ gives illustration to the unity of the triune Godhead – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The greater our unity the greater our witness for Christ. As long as our source of oneness is Jesus, we stand together and can become much more effective in the accomplishment of our individual and corporate mission to spread the Good News. Division happens when we give our allegiance to our particular “brand” of Christianity. For example, If I’m a Baptist, or Presbyterian, Nazarene, Pentecostal, etc. If I have a stronger allegiance to my denominational preference, that can become divisive. Personally, I don’t care what your theological preferences are. I understand that this side of eternity none of us will get it exactly right. I believe when we get to heaven, each of us will gasp at how simple the Truth is and be amazed that we misunderstood some aspects of it. I love you, not because of the things we may not see exactly the same. I love and appreciate you because of your allegiance to our Savior. Keep up the good fight of faith, my brother. Blessings, Ed