In this life we have troubles, and we get down. We need something, someone to help us out of it!
Sometimes we come across a poem or a word of inspiration that we instantly connect with. We say, "Yes, that's exactly how I feel! And how did this person come out of it? Like that? Oh, then I want to do that!" Because, we all want to be happy. We all want to experience peace and happiness.
But, as you're reading those words of inspiration, do you ever get a check in your spirit? Do you ever think, "Hmmm ... something doesn't seem right about this!"
And you feel like you should dig deeper into the motivation behind the person spilling forth all of that inspiration.
So you dig.
And then you see a link to another website. And it's called dianetics.org. And you wonder, "What's that?" So you follow the link.
And what you see there is a reference to L. Ron Hubbard. And you think, "Huh, that name sounds familiar."
So you Google it.
And you learn that L. Ron Hubbard is the leader of the Scientology movement.
Scientologists do not believe that Jesus Christ is God's only begotten Son. They do not believe that he died on the cross for our sins and rose on the third day to sit at the right hand of God. They do not believe that He is coming again to take believers home to their Father. Their followers are Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, Kirstie Alley, and millions of others.
L. Ron Hubbard is a false prophet.
But, his words and his followers make us feel so good. They seem to give us all the answers we seek for true happiness.
And they will lead us straight to hell when this life is over.
I am a Jesus-following, Savior proclaiming Christian! I must be ever-mindful of the falsities that are out there, even the ones that make me feel good and happy and complete, even the ones that totally "get me" and give me "the answers I seek."
We need something, someone to help us out of it! And that Someone is Jesus. And only Jesus. He does have the answers we seek. We just have to be willing to seek them. And it can't be as easy as browsing through the internet (although I do believe there are God-fearing Christians out there who are doing an awesome job of spreading the Gospel on the internet.)
Pick up your Bible today. If you have troubles, if you have sadness, if you just have questions, Pick It Up! Don't know where to start? Just open it up and start reading.
If you seek Him, He will be found by you. ~ 1 Chronicles 28:9
That is a promise from God Himself! Test Him on it! He will not allow Himself to be made a liar or a fool.
*The events in this post happened to me. It was an innocent and random thing. I wasn't even searching for anything. I just happened upon a poem on another blog and it lead me down this path.
Be careful, my friends.
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. ~ 1 Peter 5:8