I have mentioned before that I love to garden, as not only a past time, but also a source of food for my family. This year I chose a round variety of zucchini that is proving to be a prolific producer. We have now made several dishes using this variety of zucchini as the base. Blueberry Zucchini Bread, Fried Zucchini Cakes (A SavoryDish), & Banana Zucchini Bread.
Zucchini reminds me of the way the sound Biblical Doctrine has been “fixed” in a variety of new ways. Jesus, like the zucchini, is added to different recipes that suit the persons personal pallet for religious seasoning. Instead of seeking truth, people seek a Gospel that fits their beliefs instead of conforming their beliefs to the One True Gospel. Strong, firm, foundational doctrine is ever so important. Knowing what the Bible actually says is so important.
I have personally witnessed the boom of the Information Age in my lifetime. I am 41. There are many advantages to information being at our fingertips, but I am witnessing a blasphemous tweaking of the doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ at light speed. As a Christian make sure you know the truth, not just “what feels right to you”. There is a wise saying that says; there is your side, their side, and then there is the truth. Which means the truth is truth regardless of our perception of it.
We must earnestly seek out the truth. The truth that was before we ever were. Because the truth does not exist on a personal individual interpretation of it, if that were so, there would be no truth without our existence. Truth is truth, even without yours or mines validation. Seek truth. Not just what we would like to be truth with a little bit of Jesus sprinkled on top for flavor.
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”
1 Timothy 4:1 KJV
“Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”
1 Timothy 4:13-16 KJV
“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”
2 John 1:9 KJV
“Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.”
Matthew 16:12 KJV
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.”
Romans 16:17 KJV
“And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:”
Matthew 7:28 KJV