Don’t Believe Everything You Hear about the Bible
by Carey Bryant
I turned on the TV one night and saw an older preacher being carried out to the pulpit by a man on each side. I have never seen someone alive look so dead. He claimed that God told him to fast for 40 days so that people could look at him while he preached and know that God was behind his sermon. I thought, “Wow, that man is so godly! That must be what biblical fasting looks like!”
Then one day I read Matthew 6:16 where Jesus said “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.” Perhaps God did not tell him to fast after all.
Paul was an apostle who God used to bring his message to the Gentiles. When a group of Bereans heard Paul’s teaching, they didn’t just take his word for it. Instead, “they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so” (Acts 17:11b).
All Christians should be like the Bereans. Don’t believe everything you hear about the Bible, even from your own preacher or a dear friend. Instead, take everything you hear and compare it to what you read in Scripture.
Unfortunately, many Christians believe things that aren’t found anywhere in Scripture. Let’s look at a few examples to see if you know which of these things are in the Bible and which aren’t…