Tuesday, March 17, 2009

1 John 4:1-6 "The Truth"

Read 1 John 4:1-6.

"This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God...." NIV
It's interesting how history does repeat itself. John had Gnosticism to contend with and we have relativism. They take different paths, but end up at the same conclusion. They desire a religion that works for them rather than a relationship that is based on Truth. And John very clearly shows us how to recognize them. The Divinity of Christ is the key. I know many people who believe Jesus existed. They even admire Him and want to emulate His life. But that He is God and the only way to salvation? No way. That's where they reveal their true love -- self. The way of the cross is easily gained, but difficult to walk. It requires self-denial, sacrifice. It's a place for humility, not boasting. 

Relativism picks and chooses the parts of a spiritual life that appeal to them. God says that the path to Him is narrow and we must walk it if we are to live by His Spirit.

Dear Lord, open eyes so they can see the real Truth.

Further Thoughts:
  1. What does Jesus say about the path of righteousness? List specific passages.
  2. Is Christianity supposed to be easy? Explain and support with Scripture.
  3. In what way did Judas and the Pharisees choose relativism?
  4. Do you have someone you know trapped in the falsehood of relativism? Pray for them and share from your heart when the opportunities arise. There is hope.

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