These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:11
I suppose an alternate title to this post could be "Are you gullible?" So often, especially in today's times, we are advised or instructed to do things that may or may not line up with what God really intends for our lives. Have you ever been in a situation where you were told or read something that you thought "just couldn't be right?" Did you check it out with what the bible says to see whether or not it was true or trustworthy?
Admittedly, I don't always check out every bible reference in a book or blog to make sure that what the teacher is saying is true. I do though, know enough about the bible to know when something is way out of wack. However, any of us can be misled if we allow ourselves to become complacent. Just look at the "man of God" in 1 Kings 13. This man was a prophet and was known for his testimony - yet, he still disobeyed God and met an untimely demise after he was deceived. First, he did a little truth-telling to King Jeroboam based on what God had told him. when King J asked him in for dinner, the man of God said:
...If you were to give me half your house, I would not go in with you; nor would I eat bread nor drink water in this place. For so it was commanded me by the word of the LORD, saying, 'You shall not eat bread, nor drink water, nor return by the same way you came.' (1 Kings 13:8-9 NKJV)
Now there's some conviction and obedience, huh? So good, so far. But an old prophet found out about the man of God's deeds, tracked him down and asked him to eat bread with him. The man of God's answer was still the same. "No, God told me not to". (my paraphrase). So what happened then? Take a look from 1 Kings 13:18-22.
18 He said to him, "I too am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, 'Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water,'" (He was lying to him.)
19 So he went back with him , and ate bread in his house, and drank water.
20 Now it happened, as they sat at the table, that the word of the LORD came to the prophet who had brought him back; 21 and he cried out to the man of God who came from Judah, saying, "Thus says the LORD: 'Because you have disobeyed the word of the LORD, and have not kept the commandment which the LORD your God commanded you, 22 but you came back, ate bread, and drank water in the place of which the LORD said to you, "Eat no bread and drink no water," your corpse shall not come to the tomb of your fathers.'"
To make a long story short, on his way home, the man of God was killed by a lion. The man of God was deceived by a prophet with a hidden agenda. What a shame. The bottom line here is that if God tells you through His word what you are supposed to do or how you are to live, don't let something or someone sway you from the truth that you know. Likewise, if you are teaching someone truths from the bible, always encourage them to check you out for themselves to ensure what you are teaching is right. Readers, please do that with what you read on blogs, or books or whatever you hear as teaching. Please do it with this blog, and please let me know if something I say doesn't line up with the teaching of God's word. Be like the Bereans Paul wrote about in Acts 17 and you can know what is or isn't "so".