Does It Matter What One Believes? 

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Does it really matter what you believe as long as you are honest and sincere? We hear this sentiment, either stated or implied, over and over again. People offer this as justification for practices and convictions for which they have no other justification. But such actually flies in the face of the revelation of God. It makes subjective determination the standard of belief in serving God, and effectively undermines the idea of any true standard of authority. The last thing we need today is the rejection of God’s standard found in His inspired Word. Our country and society, as well as religion, is growing increasingly corrupt, because people no longer believe in any uniform code of ethics or morality. And the cry continues: “It doesn’t matter what you believe just as long as you’re honest and sincere.” Such a sentiment can be translated as “I’ll do what I want to do” dressed in ecclesiastical garb! 

Suppose a person mistakenly boards the wrong airplane. We all know his honesty and sincerity will not guarantee that he will go where he wants to go. Examples of like nature can be multiplied. As long as there is true and false, a genuine and a counterfeit, it WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE what we believe. First John 4: 1 says: “Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they be of God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” Hebrews 13: 9 says: Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings.” Colossians 2: 8 tells us to “beware lest anyone take you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men.” 

Dear friend, does it make a difference what you believe? Yes indeed! It not only makes a difference what you believe, but it makes an ETERNAL difference! Think on these things. 

Dennis Abernathy 

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