A Forbes article stated that “upwards of 60% of links shared on social media were posted without the sharer reading the article first.” Facebook is now tracking how long users look at posts as they look to control what they term fake news. https://seenthis.net/messages/561034
I’ve seen people make comments on social media links that had nothing to do with the content, just a knee-jerk reaction. The 60% figure is not surprising, therefore.
One wonders if people do similar things in God’s kingdom.
Do some saints recommend people and works that aren’t true to Scripture? Do they approve of things that have no basis in the Bible? Do congregations support efforts they really don’t know much about?
Are we ourselves guilty of giving a stamp of approval to false doctrine and teachers? 2 Jn 1.
“But examine all things; hold fast to what is good. Stay away from every form of evil” 1 Thes 5.21-22.
If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
Carl Jung, Swiss founder of analytical psychology (1875-1961)
Which person’s encounter with Jesus impresses me the most? Thomas in John 20. Thomas had not been with the assembly of disciples when Jesus first appeared to them after His resurrection (John 20:19-23), so he needed the same proof that the rest of the disciples needed and received.
We’ve mistakenly called Thomas, “doubting Thomas” for many years. However, Thomas was not of a “doubting” mindset, but rather an “investigative” mindset – he required evidence, and Jesus provided him that evidence. When the disciples told him how they had seen the Lord, Thomas wanted proof positive – face-to-face evidence that Jesus was who He said He was. When he saw the Lord’s hands and touched his side, he got the proof he so desperately wanted and needed to confirm his faith (John 20:27-29).
The moral of this story: God doesn’t want anyone to take the Bible at face value. Rather God wants everyone to “investigate”, “investigate”, and “investigate” until they acquire the required evidence (cf. John 7:17; Romans 12:2; Malachi 3:10; 1 John 4:1-6). We then need to test the evidence; examine the facts, and then like Thomas, be not faithless but believing (John 20:27).
When folks are honestly and sincerely wanting to gather and weigh the evidence, regarding Bible truth, they will come to the same conclusion that Thomas came to – that Jesus is Who He says He is – The Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16; John 20:28).