Good News in the Midst of Fake News


     The old advice of “Believe nothing that you hear and only half of what you see” seems quite wise in an age that is saturated with fake news.  On several occasions in His earthly ministry, Jesus warned of the possibility of a discrepancy between what appears to be true with what is actually true (see Matthew 7:21-23, 15:8-9, 23:3 for examples).

In a world that is engulfed in fake news, is it not refreshing to know that there is a resource that never has to be taken with the proverbial “grain of salt”?  What a blessing is the oasis located in Psalm 12:6-7!  How it slakes the parched and thirsty soul!  “The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.  You shall keep them, O Lord,
You shall preserve them from this generation forever.”

     The word of God is pure.  It is as pure as silver that has been through the furnace of refinement seven times!  It is completely free from the alloys of error, impurity, and inaccuracy.  It does not need to be “de-mythologized” as Rudolf Bultmann advocated; it has no chaff of error that needs to be separated from the wheat of truth.  The holy God via His Holy Spirit’s revelation and inspiration used holy men to write the Holy Scriptures.  It is the perfect law of liberty (James 1:25).

     The word of God is enduring.  Because of its purity, God’s word will ever endure.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but God’s word will by no means pass away (Matthew 24:35).  Like Jesus Christ (Hebrews 13:8), the Scriptures are the same yesterday, today, and forever.

     What good news in the midst of fake news!

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Author: jchowning

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