Few weeks ago while having a conversation with a friend, he said something which I wasn’t convinced was the truth cause I had a prior knowledge of the subject matter, albeit patchy. I didn’t refute it totally but I did air my own thoughts which led him to say he wasn’t certain too. Oh wow, what a nice twist. Apparently, that was the information he had received.
I went back to check the ever willing google and found the correct information in no time. You might also wish he did that too before passing it on to me, right?
Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.Romans 17:10-11
In the scripture above, we learn of the brethren in Berea who were said to be fair-minded because they readily received the word of God. But beyond that they went back to search daily, diligently if I might add.
They didn’t just take everything in hook, line and sinker. They went back to search the word of God. It is however saddening today that we believers further propagate the false doctrines we’ve been fed because we didn’t take time to search the scriptures for confirmation- just like I would have done if I didn’t also confirm like my friend. We go around with false doctrines because we’ve failed in our duty to search, confirm and test that which we’ve heard.
But test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.1 Thessalonians 5:21(NLT)
We are to test all things that are said to us and then hold on to the good. This we then can fully give ourselves to and propagate.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.1 John 4:1
Beloved, the scriptures has instructed us to test even spirits because we have false prophets in the world parading themselves the real deal. Therefore, it is of great importance that we do not believe every doctrine we come across without first testing them.
As believers, we must learn the berean way. We must be noble enough to receive the word with readiness and yet go back to search the scriptures wherein lies the truth. The word of God is available to us, easily assesible even. Let us not be lazy but be diligent to learn of God so as not to be deceived.
We receive grace to give ourselves to the study of God’s word. Amen.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.2 Timothy 2:15