Friday, September 9, 2016

John 12:9-11

John 12:9-11
Contemporary English Version (CEV)

 What happens when a position you hold dear is threatened?
  If you close your ears and defend it with all your heart, attacking the opposing position and anyone who holds it, it can be a troubling signal of a lack of humility.
  If, instead, you listen carefully and engage with those who oppose you, willing to be challenged and trusting that Truth wins in the end, this is the kind of life God calls us to.  I don't fear someone proving that Christianity isn't true, and so I'm willing to listen to any and all challengers.  It helps me grow, and I gain a better understanding of both why I believe and what others believe.  People have been attacking Christianity for centuries, and it still holds true.  The Bible has been tested for authenticity more than any other book in human history, and it's been found reliable every time.  God has never failed on his promise.  Jesus Christ has been examined this way and that, and he's still risen from the dead, still Lord of all.
  So don't fear those who will attack the faith.  Be humble and listen, and pray for the Spirit to guide the conversation.  Christ is the way, the truth and the life, and he always shall be.

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