Friday, 28 March 2014

DANGER OF HALF-TRUTHS

A half-truth is a partial revelation. It can give us a wrong or false impression that's all there is to be said of a subject whereas there are other facets worth considering. 

Fullness of revelation only comes when all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle are put in place. 

This blog, PORRIDGE FOR THE SOUL, does not believe in sharing with you half-truths but the whole truth.

To illustrate what I mean by half truths, let's consider the subject of FEAR.


                                                                      

                                                  PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR
                                        Does it mean we do not have to fear God anymore?


Many point out that perfect love casts out fear, citing 1 John 4:18. Does it mean then that we do not have to fear God anymore?

Well, it is true to a certain extent that we need not fear as God loves us. But we also have to consider the other side of the coin. We need to have reverential fear of God. For more, check out Is Fear Positive Or Negative?http://bit.ly/1iFjeql

While 'perfect love casts out fear' is true, it is not a full revelation. We also need to consider reverential fear of God.

The Bible also reminds us repeatedly “Do not fear when we face trials and adversity because God will not forsake us. For more, check out Fear Not, Stand Firm: http://bit.ly/1jc5Nxu

So there are negative as well as positive aspects of fear.

In summary, a full biblical understanding of fear is something like this: 

We are exhorted not to fear because God loves us and will deliver us in times of trouble. But we also need to have reverential fear of God, which keeps us on our toes, spiritually speaking.

                                                                         
           

By now, you would have realised that half-truths are not valid and can be misleading. Like Paul, we must uphold and share the whole truth.  “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27).

Assumptions based on half-truths provide fertile ground for deception to thrive. Or to put in another way, deception is often based on half-truths.

That’s why Tozer warns, "Heresy is not so much rejecting as selecting.” By examining the whole Bible, we do not dwell on half-truths or emphasise one truth at the expense of another equally fundamental truth.

When we pit the whole counsel of God against false teaching, the latter collapses like a house of cards. That is why it is important to be diligent in studying the Wordnot only part of it but the whole Word.

Do check out whether the following premises in red are valid or merely based on half-truths:


  • Once we are saved, we will remain saved (OSAS, once saved always saved, eternal security). http://bit.ly/GM5Srz




  • There is no need to confess sin as we merely need to rest in the imputed righteousness of Christ.  http://bit.ly/19yBzuD


  • We can afford to banish sin consciousness from our lives as the sin issue is a  thing of the past, being settled once and for all when we believed in Jesus. http://bit.ly/GDv4QL




RELATED POSTS

CHERRY PICKING
When we select portions of scripture which are attractive and agreeable to us, we are distorting the truth.

THE DIVINE MAKEOVER
Harbouring an image of God that is attractive and agreeable has its dangers.

TRUTH HAS WINGS
Let us dwell on the whole truth, not half-truths. 

UNPALATABLE TRUTHS
Minimising the significance of harsh truths has its dangers

Footnotes: *

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love” (1 John 4:18).

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