Sometimes it is often so hard to tell the difference between the genuine article and the a fake. Though hopefully it is not hard to tell that these are fake snails, metal copies.) I know when watching the Antiques road show and they have a bit of furniture, that seems to be old they often end up either turning it upside down or taking out all the draws, so the expert can see how it is put together.
The construction of the joints often seems to be a key, or even what type of screws that has been used.
The same applies to religious leaders – Sadly sometimes they can be false teachers, often being driven by greed to get hold of your money. This is not a new thing, but one that has been around for thousands of years. The Apostle Peter talks about this in his letter of 2 Peter Chapter 2 which can be found here In this passgae Peter is very clear as to what will happen to such false teachers – God will destroy them. (He even mentioning Balaam famous for his speaking donkey). Peter goes into this in some detail including giving advice as to how to recognise false teachers –As listeners we are not to take what they say for granted, we are to question it and test it to make sure that it is the genuine article.
This chapter including more information on the donkey was the recent subject of our Bible studies and the notes can be found from these studies here
It has often been said to me that one of the ways to God is by looking for the god in you and developing that relationship through self discovery.
Well sadly I believe that such thoughts are wrong. I believe that there is only one way to God, and that is through Jesus.
The idea of finding God through knowledge and self discovery is not a new one, but one that has been around for centuries. The Apostle Peter spoke about it in his second letter. Here Peter is putting the various qualities of life in sequential order >. Faith >> Goodness >> Knowledge etc.
Being a Christian is all about knowing God personally, it is not about having an academic knowledge of God. You can read more from the notes of our recent study on 2 Peter 1 here, where we found some of the key lessons from the chapter were: -
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