There was a time in my life when I could not honestly say I was a truth-seeker. I didn't know what I didn't know because I thought I knew it all. I eventually figured out that only when we admit we don't know everything are we open to learning new things. A very wise man once said, "Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need." ŚMatthew 5:3
In July of 1934 I was born to God-fearing parents who prided themselves on their Bible affiliations. I was constantly being reminded that my great-uncle on my mother's side was Dwight L. Moody, founder of the Moody Bible Institute. As Baptists go, I guess we were as hard-shell as they come. I grew up going to Sunday School and it seems I was reciting Bible verses in front of the class as soon as I was able to talk. One of my favorites was "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth."
Unfortunately, my church taught that if I accepted Jesus as my personal savior I would go to heaven forever, whereas if I rejected him I'd burn in hell forever. As for the earth, that was to be burnt-up and destroyed. Once I was old enough to see the inconsistency in these two thoughts I got up the nerve to ask my pastor, "Who are "the meek," and what will they do with a burnt-up cinder?"
The answer I got was very enlightening: "There are some things we shouldn't question," I was told. All I had to do was "believe in the Lord Jesus Christ" and I would be saved.
I guess that was good enough for me back then; I stopped asking questions. So, I grew into my teens fully believing I knew all there was to know about the Bible.
In the years that followed other questions began to puzzle me. For example:
WHAT IS TRUTH? My inquiring mind wanted to know. In August of 1963, at the age of 29, I answered a knock at my door and was soon on my way to becoming a full-fledged truth-seeker. The answers I was shown, in my own Bible, to these and many other questions that I hadn't even thought of convinced me that what I didn't know about the Bible would fill volumes.
I gratefully accepted a free home Bible Study from the Jehovah's Witness who came to my door on that day in August and, in the fifty years since then, I've personally knocked on thousands of doors in my own search for other would-be truth-seekers. I've found less than 100. Am I surprised? No.
In light of Jesus' words at Matthew 24:37-39, I guess people are just too busy doing their own thing to check into what God is doing. Look it up and let me know if you agree. Or, if you have any questions about the Bible, or about life, feel free to email me. firstname.lastname@example.org -wd
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