The news has been full of recent stories concerning a number of religious leaders who say that to be kind and not hurt others they will tell people it is all right to ignore what the Bible teaches about various struggles people have. They seem to be saying, “Don’t worry. God didn’t mean what he said about sin and about hell.” Is that kindness? Suppose these religious leaders are wrong? Suppose God does mean what He says? Then what? Remember, Jesus, who said more about hell than anyone else, said “I am the truth” and in his prayer to God said “Thy Word is truth”. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
John 8:32, 14:6; 10:35; 17:17
“Whether you realize it or not, truth is the most important issue in your life. It is more important than what you do for a living, who you are married to, or what you earn. I am convinced that truth is the bottom line of life.” [Chris Thurman, The Truths We Must Believe, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991), p. 11-12]
“…Dedication to knowing and doing the truth is the most important requirement for emotional health.
“Truth is our road map for negotiating the difficult challenges of life. Without truth, we have no way of knowing how to view the things that happen to us or how to successfully move beyond them. Without truth to guide us, we get lost and develop emotional problems, which are the signs that tell us we are lost.
“Unfortunately, knowing and doing the truth are far greater challenges than most of us realize…. Understanding the truth and acting on it takes tremendous determination and courage, and most of us just aren’t that committed. It is human nature to avoid a difficult challenge, particularly when an easy way out is available.” [Thurman, The Truths We Must Believe, p. 8-9]
“Truth is the only road to emotional health. There is no other path. If you are interested in taking the difficult path of truth through life, there is good news…. Truth, when understood and applied, produces life in full, liberty from unnecessary suffering and pain, and happiness in the form of peace and contentment no matter how your life may be going. In other words, the hard work of being a person dedicated to the truth pays off handsomely.
“So we don’t ever need to ask, ‘Can I be an emotionally healthy, mature, content, self-controlled, happy, and stable person?’ The answer is a resounding, ‘Yes!’ The more honest and difficult question we need to ask ourselves is, ‘Do I really want to be an emotionally healthy person badly enough to pay the price for it?’” [Thurman, The Truths We Must Believe, p. 11]
“There is no choice in the matter; emotional health is obtained via certain truths. Without these truths fully understood, accepted, and put to use, there is no emotional health.” [Thurman, The Truths We Must Believe, p. xiii-xiv]