by Eddie Snipes

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Simple and Accurate Bible Interpretations (12 of 18)
Series: Simple Faith
Eddie Snipes

It has been said that the Bible can be interpreted many ways by many people. The world is filled with cults, pseudo Christian groups, and various organizations. Each claims to have the truth and many claim to have discovered hidden truths that give them the inside angle on spiritual enlightenment.
You can know the truth. Most have heard, the truth shall make you free, but that begins with how to know the truth. Look at this passage in John 8:31-32
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

If you abide in the word - learning and obeying the word - you'll be a disciple indeed. And then you have the promise that you shall know the truth. You shall know the truth. That promise is to those who abide in the word. A disciple indeed will discover how to accurately interpret and how to avoid misconceptions and recognize deceptions from misapplied scripture.
Avoiding Deception
How do we know who holds the truth since every group makes this claim? Let's begin by looking at the words of 1 John 4:1
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Jesus made the comment, "I have not come in my own name and you did not receive Me, but if one comes in his own name, you will receive him.96"
This is a strong clue for us to know who to be on guard against. Any who present themselves as the source of knowledge or claim to hold a secret for knowing God or finding enlightenment, that's a banner revealing their true motives.
A true teacher from God will point to Christ, and seek to grow you into spiritual maturity. Those who make followers dependent upon themselves as the teacher have strayed from God's plan. Teachers who point to themselves are not of God ...

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