I Researched My Reality, Have You Done Yours?
Posted by Rod Neufeld on October 2, 2017
“Don’t judge my God based on me, HE is so immensely better than me.”
We read that faith is the evidence of things not seen:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)
This speaks to the fact that not all we believe can be explained by just words or a demonstration. What we believe and know to be true is not always easily explained or described, therefore many will dismiss it as bogus. To quote an old preacher “I have never seen the wind, I have seen the effects of the wind. The same goes for electricity, unless its shooting through the air.
I am going to go in a slightly different direction here with this statement though. Many people see me on a daily basis and see me at my best and my worst. It is safe to say I mess up quite regularly. I get into the wrong conversations, I say the wrong things and make some bad choices. I quickly regret these things, but that is between me and God. Unless, of course, you are one of the many people waiting to catch me and exact your judgement upon me.
It seems that everyone has some kind of idea of what I believe and they want to judge me based on that. Of course, they say I am out of line if I were to judge them by what I believe or even what they think I believe. This is the duplicitous nature of the unbeliever, always wanting to discredit what I believe by holding my feet to the fire, while denying the God by whom they want to judge me.
I still get upset at times because it is frustrating. I need to remind myself that they judge me based on their lack of understanding. The world does not know or understand what I believe, therefore the judgement they use is in error. Can you tell people that? Most times the answer is, “no.” I have concluded that the world in general is hostile and intolerant of the truth of Christ. It’s funny because Jesus told us that, yet we still seem to find ourselves trying to prove His truths instead of accepting them.
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. Matthew 24:9 (NKJV)
This also helps me conclude we are most likely in the last generations before Christ’s return. He did say after we were handed over for tribulation and persecution the following as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew:
Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:11-14 (NKJV)
If you are wondering why it appears I have changed direction, well I haven’t. Please note the comment about false prophets.
You see, this is what I believe to some degree is one of God’s judgements on our generation. He is allowing people to pervert His truth, not so we all fail and end up in hell, but so that we may learn to discern the truth of God from the lies of man. People continue to create their own realities based on fragments of scripture taken out of context.
Reality is based on God’s truth, not man’s. My faith is not always easily seen or understood unless of course if you take the time to understand it. Many won’t, some will and those that do will be amazed once the truth is revealed to them. Those that won’t will unfortunately suffer a great loss as the things they worship will all fade and rust.
I want to conclude here with the reason I chose the title I did. I am often loud and opinionated thus bringing on debate and heated discussion. It’s my fault, I bring it out of people. What I have noticed though is the majority of people that get into it with me, don’t actually completely understand what they believe. It seems we are surrounded these days with “YouTube experts” that dispense sound bite wisdom. The reason I can so confidently speak of this is because I see it in the church as well. Many people take minute pieces of scripture and build a reality out of it that is completely out of context. In many cases these are the false prophets spoken of in the scripture reference.
With that in mind, believe what you will. But, know what you believe. If you are not willing to put in the effort then don’t condemn my faith when you don’t even truly understand your own.
With this I close with the words with which I began: “Don’t judge my God based on me, HE is so immensely better than me.”