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From: Forthright Magazine <ba@...>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 13:23:44 -0500
Forthright Magazine
Straight to the Cross

COLUMN: Fidelity

by Mike Benson

My fellow students and I learned the
multiplication tables back in the fourth grade.
When different answers arose as we studied the
same math problem, the teacher did not say, "You
all understand -- you just understand in different
ways." Why not? Because some of the children
obviously did not comprehend the truth -- they
misunderstood. Our answers were not unified. Four
times four (4 x 4) could not equal 16 AND 18. Any
answer other than 16 was not acceptable because it
was not correct.

Likewise, when we encounter differences in
religious teaching today, it is not that we all
understand God's Word, only in different ways.
Rather, people have either chosen to disregard
what the Bible says, or they have misunderstood
what it teaches. When one person says a verse
means one thing, and another says it means
something else entirely, both cannot be right.

In Ephesians 5:17 the Bible says, "Therefore do
not be unwise, but understand what the will of the
Lord is." Can four times four equal 16 and 18?

Think about it.

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