In Monday’s post, I urged you not to read Scripture like you read Facebook—not simply to look at a headline or some strange idea and accept it as truth. Investigation, truth-seeking, and self-reflection should be the hallmarks of Bible study.
But, honestly, I think in some ways we need to read Scripture just like some people read the Internet. Let me explain.
There’s a heart-wrenching photograph of a little boy who has just had major surgery; the post says that if you share the picture Facebook will donate $1.00 to the boy’s medical expenses. Another picture shows Bill Gates and promises that, if you share the picture, Gates will share some of his fortune with you—yes, you! And, of course, there are the pictures of Jesus that promise blessings for “likes” or shares.
I never cease to be amazed at how many people fall for these hoaxes. Smart people. Good people. People who mean so very well but become beguiled by the simplest of trickery. Hoaxes on the Internet are so rampant that unless something comes from a news website or one ending in .edu, I’m unlikely to believe the story (there’s always snopes.com to authenticate stories—but can I be certain they always get it right?).
Believing everything you read on Facebook isn’t always the wisest course of action. But, believing every word of the Bible makes sense and can save your soul.
- “Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD” (Deuteronomy 8:3).
- “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever” (Psalms 119:160).
- “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him” (Proverbs 30:5).
Do you believe everything you read? Maybe you should!