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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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January 13, 2012 - Deception Prevention

By William E. Richardson

“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32, NKJV).

We can’t believe everything we hear. Nor can we believe everything we read. To learn the truth about anything, we should check the original source.

Beginning in the Garden of Eden, the devil has constantly persuaded people to believe things that aren’t true. Jesus called the devil the father of all lies (John 8:44).

That deceiver keeps us humans promoting and repeating false information. One of his favorite schemes is distorting the Word of God.

While growing up, I recall hearing a Bible prophecy that was really not a Bible prophecy. I was told the Bible said that in the last days, you won’t be able to tell one season from another.

A quick fact-check says the opposite. God promised Noah, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night, shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22).

The devil keeps half-truths and untruths about the Bible on the lips of as many people as possible. He keeps alive a massive amount of scriptural misinformation by duping people to accept verses out of context.

We need deception prevention. For anything reported to be in the Bible, we should turn to the original source. We should discover the actual words on the pages for ourselves.

A helpful Bible reading plan is to “focus and find.” Focus on the meaning of the entire chapter to find the full meaning of a verse or two. Focus on cross-references and notes in your Bible’s margins to find how the ideas in those verses connect with the rest of the Bible.

Deception prevention comes from staying in touch with the original source. When that source is the Bible, the result is spiritual freedom.

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God.

 

 

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