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The Problem With Presupposition

The Problem With Presupposition
When People Make Conclusions Before Knowing All The Facts

And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, "Who do the crowds say that I am?"  So they answered and said, "John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again."  He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"  Peter answered and said, "The Christ of God." Luke 9:18-20 (NKJV)

Have you ever developed an opinion of someone you have never met?  It could be a person that someone has spoken of negatively, and as a result you have conjured up an image of what you believe him or her to be like, and have determined you want nothing to do with him or her.  I think we all have done this at some point, and we justify it simply by listening to others rather than investigating or finding it for ourselves.  This is presupposition - our making an assumption of something in advance.

I think this is one of the biggest reasons for people not wanting to know about Christianity or Christ for that matter.  It's as if they are saying, "I've made up my mind, don't confuse me with the facts."  But is this a fair assessment of who Jesus really is?  I think not, but then again I took the time to seek and find Him, and the time to get to know Him.  

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 (NKJV)

I guess my point is this; if people want to really know about Christ and Christianity then perhaps they should get to know the Biblical story about Jesus - about what history has recorded about Him according to those who knew Him best.  Only then can a person really know the truth and make an educated choice as to who they believe He is.  

You see, if we really want to know the truth about someone, then we need to talk to those who are nearest to them their family and friends.  When we look at the books within the Holy Bible written by those who followed Christ, we can get just such a look.  These 12 disciples of Jesus spent virtually 24 hours a day with Jesus for 3 years - thus, they would know Him better than anyone.  So by looking at what they recorded, we can learn so much about the One God chose to send to redeem the world.  

Now this principle works the same way with you and I.  For instance, some people know me from my work in the motorcycle industry, and some from my work in ministry - each has an opinion of me based on their perceptions.  Others may have only heard of me from somebody else and their perceptions may not match up to who I really am.  So I guess if someone really wanted to know the truth about me, then they should talk to my wife or kids -  after all, they know me better than anyone.  Look at what the Apostle John wrote of Jesus in the opening of the Book of John.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. John 1:1-4 (NKJV)

From these few opening lines, we can see that Jesus was "The Word." We can see that from the very beginning Jesus was "with God," and we can see that He in fact, "was God."  And we can see that "All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made."  This is an amazing testimony of who Jesus is.  And the enemy has been trying to distort and pervert the truth ever since then.  One only need to look at the New World Translation as an example of this distortion.  In this very same verse of the NWT translation, they twist the original Greek Text to read, and the Word was a god.  This was done to change scripture to align with their cultish beliefs, and it attacks the very deity of Christ and His place of the divine Trinity - that of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

I often wonder if those people who are making the assumptions about Christ or Christianity really want to know the truth.  Is it easier to camp out with their speculations than to seek the truth?  God has made the promise in His Word, that if we seek Him, we will find Him (See Prov. 8:17).  And we are also told that God is a rewarder for those who diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6).  But for those who choose to listen and believe the enemy's lies about Jesus and not seek Him - those who choose not to know Him but instead they choose to forsake Him, they are given another promise - they will be forsaken (2 Chron. 15:2).

Hey Christian, let's not become presumptuous about anything.  Let's get all the facts before we claim to believe anything.  Let's not take any man's opinion as fact, but instead be resolved to check it out in our Bibles (not the NWT).  Satan would love to feed you if you are willing to swallow it, hook, line and sinker.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about Jesus from the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you bring your Bible to church and open it to study along with the sermon the Pastor is preaching?  Do you read God's Word daily so you can better answer those who come to your door bringing a perverted version of Christ?

APPLICATION: Don't hate those who come door-to-door trying to share a magazine or another book of Jesus with you, but be ready to give a defense of the Gospel message and defend who Jesus really is - God!

Father, thank You for giving me Your Word to guide me and lead me in all understanding.  Father, I pray for those who are being blinded by the enemy and his attacks on who Jesus is.  Father, open the eyes of those who have been blinded to Your Truth.  Allow them to see that these false religions are causing them to deny Jesus' rightful place as God.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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