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, our teacher did not say, “All of you understand – you just understand in different ways.”
Obviously some of the children did not comprehend the truth.
They misunderstood; our answers were not unified.
Four times four could not equal both 16 and 18.
Any answer other than 16 was not acceptable because it was not correct.
Likewise, when we encounter differences today in in terms of the interpretation of the Scriptures, it’s not that we all understand God’s Word, only in different ways.
Rather, people have either chose to disregard what the Bible says, or they have misunderstood what it teaches (cf. Mat. 19:4; 22:31; Mark 7:9; John 12:48; 2 Pet. 3:16).
When one person says a verse means one thing and another says that it means something else, both cannot be right.
They both can be wrong, but they both can’t be right.
Truth is consistent.
It cannot contradict or conflict with itself.
But truth is also exclusive.
When something is true, everything that conflicts with that truth must be false.
4 x 4 = 16.
The Bible says, “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph. 5:17; cf. Psa. 119:160; John 17:17).
Think about it.
“God loves you and I love you and that’s the way it’s gonna be!” – Mike