In a world that seems to be stuck in a million shades of gray, it can be difficult to distinguish right from wrong. Sometimes it feels more like we’re trying to choose between maybe right and maybe right, instead of right and wrong. I mean, there are some things that do have a million possible fine options. But some things are life-and-death-style black and white. Good vs. Evil. The confusion comes when we let the world around us influence us instead of being influenced by the author of good Himself. Thankfully, we have a tool that has the power to turn our shades of gray into a black-and-white portrait. This tool is powerful because it contains absolute truth. It contains the knowledge and wisdom to help us see what God says is right and separate that from what the world says is right. By the way, this tool is the Bible. And we need its truth today more than ever. Don’t believe me? Let’s try playing two truths and a lie. Let’s see how much we’ve been influenced by the world (Google searches, our friends, etc.) instead of God’s Word.
Two Truths and a Lie About God and Life
- Drinking occasionally is okay as long as your conscience is clear about it, you’re old enough, and you don’t get drunk.
- Drinking in moderation (when you’re of age) can be acceptable, even for Christians.
- Drinking only affects you, not anybody else.
- God wants us to have sex if we want to and we’re married.
- Hooking up is okay as long as you’re practicing safer sex.
- Sex is only okay for married people.
- You are who people think you are.
- You are a child of God.
- You are carefully created, unique, and irreplaceable.
- God remembers all of our sins.
- God loves all people.
- God is always with us.
Want to know the answers? Sorry, you’ll have to wait just a little longer. First, let’s talk about what we should do when we encounter an important topic or question that we need an answer to.
Here are 6 ways to find the best answer to your question.
- Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you to discern the truth. Before we begin to look for the answer, we must first make sure that our vision is not impaired (Matthew 7:1-5) and that our mind is not clouded (Romans 12:1-2).
- Look in the Bible. The Bible is God’s Word. It is full of absolute truth about a variety of different issues. People in Bible times faced issues that are very similar to what we face. No, they didn’t have to worry about their iPhone screen cracking. However, their issues were largely the issues that we face today. They faced anxiety, insecurity, arrogance, apathy, identity issues, jealousy, and lust. Try doing a search for a word or a Bible Plan on one of those topics in The Bible App.
- Look in the Bible again. The Bible is full of perfect truth. However, as readers, we tend to dilute or twist the actual meaning of biblical passages when we take them out of context. When you find an answer in the Bible, compare it to other similar passages to determine if you are interpreting the passage correctly.
- Pray. I know. You already prayed once. However, when we’re seeking to understand God’s heart and His message to us, it’s helpful to ask Him for His help. After all, He definitely understands His words better than we do.
- Seek out the wisdom of Christians who are strong in their faith and have more life experience than you. This is so important, when we seek it out in the proper order. We tend to seek out answers from the internet, then from people, and finally from the Bible. We know that the Bible is the best source of answers, but seeking out the wisdom of strong believers can help us to better understand what we’re learning, clarify what we think we are hearing, to receive wisdom from somebody who has been around a little longer than we have.
- Pray again. After receiving all this information and advice, it is important to ask God to help you sort out the knowledge you have received. (1 John 4:1-6) The knowledge is great by itself, but God’s wisdom will help you to apply what you’ve learned as you become a more fully devoted follower of Christ.
Oh yeah, there’s one more thing I haven’t covered yet … the answers to our two truths and a lie game!
- Lie: Drinking only affects you, not anybody else. True, you are the only one who gets drunk when you drink too much, but your drunk actions affect other people.
- Lie: Hooking up is okay as long as you’re practicing safer sex. The biggest problem with having sex isn’t that you’re going to make a baby you weren’t ready to raise. The biggest problem isn’t that you could get a disease. The problem is that you’re having sex in the wrong type of relationship. God is looking out for your heart, mind, and spirit—not just your body. God created sex to be enjoyed, but only in the context of a marriage between one man and one woman. It’s not that He doesn’t want you to have fun; He doesn’t want you to have to carry baggage from past relationships into new relationships.
- Lie: You are who people think you are. Nope. Not even close. People look only at what they can see and understand. God sees our hearts. He understands our thoughts. He knows who we are and who He’s created us to be. He knows that better than we do ourselves, so He certainly knows who we are (and who we’re meant to be) much more accurately than any human being.
- Lie: God remembers all of our sins. Actually, as Christians, God doesn’t remember our sins after we have repented of them. When we repent, ask for forgiveness, and turn back to God, we no longer remain in sin. The blood of Christ covers us and washes away our sins. God no longer sees our sins; He sees Jesus. The Bible actually says that God will remember our sins no more once we have repented and asked for forgiveness.
Next time you’re faced with a tough question, turn away from Google and turn toward the Bible. It’s the best influence our lives can ever hope to find.