By Shane Kastler
We all grapple with what we believe. This is not only true of Biblical issues but also other issues. We weigh the options when listening to political leaders. And ultimately we go with what sounds the most reasonable to us. We often do the same with the Bible, but it might surprise you to know that this isn't your ultimate goal. At least it's not your goal. You goal is not to find that which makes the most sense to you. You goal is to find that which is true. And the only way to find truth is to ask the question, “What do the Scriptures say?”
Hopefully what makes sense to you and what is true will be the same thing. But even if a passage of Scripture is confusing to you, it is no less true because of your fuzziness. Jesus's disciples were frequently flummoxed by some of the doctrines he taught. Their understanding was limited, as all people's understanding is. But truth exists independent of your understanding of it. You might hear a word of truth and reject it saying, “It doesn't feel right to me.” Your feelings can be wrong. But truth never is. Right is never wrong. People frequently are.
Jesus defined truth rather succinctly when he declared to God the Father, “Thy word is truth.” (John 17:17) Truth is whatever God says it is. Your job is to find that truth and embrace it, even when it's difficult to understand.
Many doctrines in the Bible are hard to understand. What person has ever studied God's electing grace and his predestination of some individuals unto salvation and not come away scratching their head? Yet Scripture is clear that for believers, “God chose us in Him before the foundation of the world.” (Ephesians 1:4) Many reject this because they don't like how it sounds. But rejecting certain passages that don't tickle your personal fancy can be a deadly practice to adhere to. Instead, let us embrace the truth and ask God to help us understand it better. Let us always remember that he knows better than we do. And he knows more than we do. Don't be afraid to be baffled by God's word. But be very afraid of rejecting it out of hand. Seek the Lord while he may be found and submit to Jesus the Son of God and submit to the word of God. Your feelings might be important but they don't trump truth. God's word is truth. Accept it and then pray your feelings follow suit.