Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. –Psalm 25:5 NIV
Sincere but Wrong
We have the freedom to choose what we believe in, but we do not get to choose the consequences of those beliefs. They are written in stone, and many of the consequences are just the result of the rules of our natural world.
When I was a kid, I believed that if I jumped off of my cousin’s garage roof with an umbrella, I could fly like Mary Poppins did in her movie. However, I couldn’t fly. I also believed my cousin when she told me that the mud pies we’d just made tasted like chocolate. They didn’t. The consequences from what I believed weren’t very pleasant. My beliefs were sincere, but they were sincerely wrong.
We should consider the truth behind our beliefs, because if we’re wrong, they might have eternal consequences that we can’t undo. We should question what we believe, and determine if it lines up with Scripture. Is it what God said or what a person said? Will the consequences of our beliefs bring life or death?
Are we willing to admit that we could be wrong? Are we willing to search the Scriptures to find the answer? We must choose our beliefs wisely, refuse to let pride keep us from admitting that we’re wrong, and always search the Scriptures for the real truth. God will lead us to the truth.
Don’t be afraid to examine your beliefs. Do they line up with the Word? Pray for wisdom to know the truth.
Are your beliefs from the Word or from people? Have you searched out the truth? Do you know why you believe what you believe?