God really care how we worship him?
to Truth Seekers
said many things on the subject of truth. By examining some of these
we can better appreciate the importance he placed on it.
being interrogated by the Roman governor of Judea Jesus revealed his
strong feelings for the truth:
18:37) Therefore Pilate said to him: “Well,
then, are you a king?” Jesus answered: “You yourself are saying
that I am a king. For this I have been born, and
for this I have come into the
world, that I should bear witness to the truth.
Everyone that is on the side of the truth listens
to my voice.”
speaking with a group of Jews who were listening to him he said:
8:32) and YOU will
know the truth, and
the truth will set YOU free.”
speaking with a Samaritan woman he met at Jacob's well he told her
4:23-24) Nevertheless, the hour is coming,
and it is now, when the
worship the Father with
spirit and truth,
for, indeed, the
Father is looking for suchlike ones to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit, and those
worshiping him must worship with spirit and
his enemies recognized his love of the truth:
22:15-16) Then the
Pharisees went their way and took counsel together
in order to trap him in his speech. 16 So they
dispatched to him their disciples, together with party followers
of Herod, saying: “Teacher,
we know you are truthful and teach the way of God in truth,
and you do not care for
anybody, for you do not look upon men’s outward appearance
Notice how he described himself:
14:6) Jesus said to him:
“I am the way and the
truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
Paul, in his letters, took the importance of knowing the truth a
step further by drawing a distinction between knowledge
and accurate knowledge
former Jewish Pharisee he described the Jews this way:
10:2-3) For I bear them witness that they
have a zeal for God;
but not according to accurate knowledge;
3 for, because of not knowing the
righteousness of God but seeking to establish their own, they
did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.
How important is
accurate knowledge of truth to God?
- (1 Timothy
2:3-5) This is fine and acceptable in the sight of our
Savior, God, 4 whose
will is that all sorts of men should be saved and come to
an accurate knowledge of truth.
5 For there is one
God, and one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus,
teach with this as their goal:
- (2 Timothy
2:25) instructing with mildness those not favorably
disposed; as perhaps
God may give them repentance
an accurate knowledge of truth,
Of course there will be those who are...
Timothy 3:7) always learning and yet
never able to
come to an accurate knowledge of truth.
What precarious position are
- (Hebrews 10:26)
For if we practice sin willfully
after having received the accurate knowledge of the truth,
there is no longer any sacrifice for sins left,
God allows them this choice:
And just as they
did not approve of holding God in accurate knowledge,
God gave them up to a disapproved mental state, to do the things
—See also Titus
1:1; Ephesians 1:17; Philippians 1:9; Colossians 1:10; Colossians
there so many different religions?