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Missing The Point

By Don Loftis | 02.01.12

During Jesus’ day, one of the groups of the Jews was known as the Sadducees.  Though they did not believe in a resurrection after death, one day they posed Jesus a hypothetical question.  If a woman married a sequence of seven men, each of whom died before the next wedding, who would she be married to in the after-life?

Jesus certainly understood that they were attempting to trap or stump Him with the question.  He simply responded, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God”  (Matthew 22:29).

Many of our struggles, anxieties, and doubts arise from the same two issues — ignorance and lack of faith.  Today, many people talk about the Bible, but they fail to read it with any depth or regularity.  Positive thinking and eclectic reasoning have replaced divine directives.  The fact is that many who suggest that the Bible is too hard to understand have really not read much of the Bible.  Even those who claim the Bible to be God’s inspired message, study it quite infrequently.

Too many in our culture “miss the point” because they have minimized or neglected the power of God.  A person needs help to defeat an addiction or rebuild a damaged relationship.  That help is available from an all powerful God.  The apostle Paul echoed that faith in the famous words of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”  Our health may falter and science may disappoint, but the power of the Lord will still be there.

 


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