Opinion Vs Truth-article

Even though my articles are several years old, the same basic truth still holds fast in all of them. The events may have changed, but everything still remains the same. We could now take this article and apply it to the Zimmerman case. Do any of us truly know the whole story and the motives of what happened that fateful night? Only God knows that answer and I can not or will not base the outcome of this trial as fair or unjust based on my opinion of it. The rest of the story is now between Mr. Zimmerman and God. His true fate and freedom will lie in the fact of surrendering to the Lord if he hasn’t already done that. We are not the judges, that is God’s job. As with the scandal about Paula Deene. Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. That surely leaves me out of it.
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Opinion Vs Truth

By Vivian Gordon
Expert Author Vivian Gordon

This upcoming election in 2008 seems to be based heavily on faith, religion and moral beliefs more than political or economic issues. It has almost divided this country that once boasted of being undivided in these areas. Now, more than ever we have encountered new religious beliefs and ideology about what’s right and what’s wrong. Without wanting to offend anyone, the most peaceful conclusion for this mass confusion in the 21st century is to quietly say, “Let’s agree to disagree.” No one wants to be proven wrong in their personal opinions. I understand that we can all form a true opinion, but does that necessarily make it truth?

I also think I can safely assume that everyone believes Webster’s Dictionary or Roget’s Thesaurus when it comes to the meanings of words. It’s not my opinion, it’s the truth. Opinion as described in the Thesaurus means to be persuaded or convinced. To be persuaded means to be enticed, allured, captivated or seduced. Is it just my opinion or do these words describe the works of Satan? Doesn’t he manipulate our minds? Doesn’t he entice us by things we see? The Strong’s Concordance uses the Hebrew word, “Yada” for Opinion. It means to ascertain by seeing. The Bible says we must walk by faith…not by sight. Satan used sight when he seduced Eve in the Garden. In her opinion, she was convinced that surely she would not die if she ate the fruit. But, we all know how that ended up. Her opinion was not trustworthy. Are our opinions any different?

In the book of Job, after his grueling encounter with his 3 so-called friends who just knew that Job’s suffering was a result of some unconfessed sin, they all offered their personal opinion on the matter. They prided themselves on their knowledge due to age. They only succeeded in making Job’s situation worse. Job didn’t agree with their opinions. It’s a good thing because God corrected all of them in the end. There was one young man who stood back and just quietly listened to the other three’s arguments. When all the debating was over, the young Elihu stepped forward. Since he was younger and did not wish to be disrespectful of those who were considered wise because of age, he spoke not his opinion, but God’s truth. (Job 32)

“I thought age should speak, and increased years should teach wisdom. But it is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding. The abundant in years may not be wise, nor may elders understand justice. So I say, Listen to me and I will tell what I think.” Job 32:7-10

Elihu wasn’t merely giving his personal opinion, he was speaking truth by inspiration of God. In order to speak truth by divine inspiration, we need the help of the Holy Spirit. This is the key ingredient when it comes to opinion versus truth. Unless you are a person that lives by the spirit, the truth will seem foolish. It can’t be understood and therefore a personal opinion will be formed, even though it may not be correct.

“But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” 1 Corinthians 2:14

An unbeliever is able to find fault and quickly see the shortcomings of Christians, simply based on personal opinions. They can not recognize their true nature as a spiritual person who’s main priority is to serve God. They have been enticed by the world or Satan to be convinced that they are their own god or deserve favor from God by their good works.

You might be thinking that this is just my opinion. Actually this is truth. Roget’s Thesaurus describes true as gospel, authentic, and precise. The Strong’s Concordance uses the Greek word Ale-theuo which means to be true in doctrine and profession. It is speaking or telling. Unlike an opinion, it’s not based on seeing in order to believe. Actually the meaning for gospel given in Roget’s Thesaurus is certainty, surety, absolute, solid, unerring, official etc. But the one word I find particularly interesting is “moral”.

Just what is the Gospel? It is the Good News of Jesus Christ Who was perfect in moral standards because He was the only man without sin. We read this Gospel in the Bible. What is the Bible? Paul the Apostle describes it this way.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.”
2 Timothy 3:16

To be ‘inspired’ literally means to be breathed by God. God is the Author, He IS absolute, official, solid and the Bible is unerring. This is not based on opinion, it is based on truth! God’s authoritative Word is moral and righteous.

It can be one person’s opinion to accept someone else’s beliefs as well and good and let the chips fall where they may. But this reaction from a true Born Again Christian is not what God says is right. The truth is that God gives the same guidelines for every person of every race, creed, religion and in every nation. It is we who have made a mess of this one basic truth simply by forming our own opinions.

A true Born Again Christian is considered bigoted and narrow minded. Our beliefs of only one way into heaven doesn’t make sense to others. In the opinion of many there are more than one way to heaven. Why is Christ the only way? Because it’s God’s inerrant Word. This was His plan for the salvation of people everywhere. It’s a perfect plan and still works in today’s world…IF they aren’t opinionated about the subject. God gave us the right to choose, but He also gave us the guidelines in making the right choices. If the right choice is ignored, God also gives us the consequences for that choice. God has moral and righteous standards and unless we follow and obey them, our opinions can take us straight to hell.

Christianity is not a narrow-minded religion. It is the completion of God’s perfect plan for all mankind. He doesn’t have an elite chosen few, no His invitation goes out to “whosoever” accepts His Son and calls upon His name shall be saved. There are basically three steps to follow. Unlike religions that are made up of many rules, things to DO or not to d… a relationship with Christ eliminates all this because He has DONE it for us. It’s only by Christ’s righteousness that a man can be saved. Why is this the only way? Because God said so.

“Since ALL men have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.” Romans 3:23

No one is worthy on his own. Every person, no matter how good, is a sinner in God’s presence. We simply can’t pass the test of God’s righteousness.

“For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Since we are all sinners, we all deserve death. But through a relationship with Christ, God now gives us a free, unmerited gift of eternal life by His grace. How is this done?

“Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person IS BORN AGAIN (anew, from above), can never see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of heaven.” John 3:3

Why is Jesus the ONLY way to salvation?

“Jesus said to him, I AM THE WAY and The TRUTH and THE LIFE; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.”
John 14:6

He is the only way to heaven. Aside from Him, NO ONE can enter in. These are God’s rules, not my opinion. How then do we achieve this salvation? As I mentioned earlier, there are 3 steps to follow.

1. Acknowledge your sins and confess them with your mouth. (Romans 10:9)

2. Repent by believing that Christ lived and died to save you. (Romans 10:10)

3. Accept God’s solution by trusting Him. Trust that Christ paid your penalty of death on the cross. (Romans 10:11)

Once these steps are followed, Christ will come and quicken your spirit (Revelation 3:20.) You will then see the dangers of having opinions as opposed to the truth. His Truth will illuminate and set you free (John 8:32). You are now on your way to heaven!

Read the Bible to be wise, believe it to be safe and practice it to be holy.

All Scripture taken from the Amplified version.

Vivian Gordon writes inspirational and spiritual articles in which to help strengthen the Believer’s walk in Christ. They are often taken from today’s point of view and used in conjunction with what God says about certain situations and how we are to handle them. There is always an answer for every problem. These articles are not all about asking God “why?” but in finding the answers.

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