During my research of different Biblical topics I began to notice a pattern, just about every topic surrounding Christianity has a debate attached to it! These constant debates can make a believer sway back and forth in their faith not quite sure what to believe.
Because there is so much information available, it has become extremely necessary for you to know Biblical truths for yourself.
The first time I faced a controversial teaching I was filled with fear. Fear that what I was taught by a trusted Pastor was not true, leading to the fear I was following a lie in Christianity. That is when I decided to search out and know for sure what I believed about Jesus was true and not base my opinion on what someone else believed was true.
Now before you start thinking you are not qualified in Biblical studies, remember it is God who gives insight into His word, not other people. He has given each of us His Holy Spirit in our heart which enables us to know the truth for ourselves.
1 Corinthians 2:12-13 states, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.”
Studying controversial subjects helps to build the foundation of your faith in Jesus and our Heavenly Father. Because each side of a controversy has reasonable points, questioning these points will lead you to discover the truth of God’s word.
While seeking to understand the truth it is important not to get hurried with God, thinking He is not answering. I have found that God takes His time to answer, not because He is trying to be mean, but because He is waiting for the perfect time to reveal it to you in order to build your faith in Him.
My favorite is the time I waited weeks for Jesus to tell me why He would allow Judas to carry the money knowing he was a thief. When He did answer, it was at a time when I was having a money issue of my own and His answer continued to build my faith. He said He allowed Judas to carry the money because He had complete trust in His Father to take care of Him, not trust in money!
Look at this famous verse in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to show yourself approved to God a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”
Why was Paul saying this? Looking at verses 16-18 we see that two people were spreading rumors that the resurrection had taken place making some upset in their faith. These were upset because they were taught that Jesus would come back and get them at the end of the age. The men were saying the end of the age had already taken place and they were left behind.
Paul was telling Timothy to remind them to be diligent in their studies, not listening to rumors, and the same is true for us. If we know the truth of the word all these empty controversial questions will not upset our faith.
I chose this passage because there is a controversy surrounding it as well. Even today there are people who believe the resurrection has already taken place and we are now living in the 1,000 year reign of Jesus Christ, mentioned in Revelation 20:7-9.
Now, immediately you formed an opinion, saying yes, this is true or no, this is not true. Is your reaction based on what you know to be true? or based on what someone else has taught you to be true?
Father, help us to be diligent to study your Bible to know the truth for ourself, giving us a sure foundation in our Christianity. In the name of Jesus, amen