Truth Or Tradition?

 

Our aim and hope is that you will prayerfully study this subject for yourself, and if you do then you will see the Bible open up in a new and beautiful light.

The aim of this study is to show where the trinity doctrine originated and to see how it has permeated most modern day churches, and to show the importance it has for your salvation. There is always room to doubt, but we must go by the weight of Bible evidence.

A wise man will stick to revelation from God which includes scripture. A foolish man will conceive all kinds of vain imaginations with his own mind, from his own spirit, and will try to create God in an image that fits his limited understanding.

As you read this study, try to take all preconceived ideas from your mind. The purpose of this study is to examine what the word of God says. We need to read what it actually says, not what we think it should say, or might be saying, not what we have been taught it says, and not what tradition has handed down to us.

The Bible is divinely inspired, it is God's book, His word, so we must be careful not to alter His word in any way. In the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation, God gives us a serious warning. His final words in the Bible are:

Revelation 22:18-19 "18 For I testify unto every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."

This is a solemn warning, and one not to be taken lightly. You see the human race is fickle, we are sinful, we have faults and weaknesses, no matter who we are. The Bible tells us in Jeremiah 17:

Jeremiah 17:9 "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"

God knew that error would come to His people, because this is Satan's plan, it's what he wants. Satan wants us to have a distorted picture of God and of God's love for us, and what better way to do that than to mix truth with error - this is the way Satan always works. The Bible tells us this in John 8...

John 8:44 "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it."

You see there is a Great Controversy being played out. On one side there is Satan, who is determined that each of us will be lost with him. On the other side there is God, who wants us saved and with Him in His kingdom, offering each one of us a crown of gold and eternal life.

And this is why God gave us His book, the Bible, that we may know without a doubt who God is and how He would have us follow and worship Him, so that we may attain eternal life. But so often we think we know better, or we are too lazy to study for ourselves, so we prefer to listen to men and preachers and not delve into the word of God for ourselves. But God would have each of us study His word for ourselves. He wants to be our Teacher. In 2 Timothy it says...

2 Timothy 2:15 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

 

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