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"Opinions are like noses. Everybody has one." Or so the old saying goes.

And it's true. Regardless of the topic (sports, politics, even the weather), everyone seems more than willing to offer his or her personal wisdom and insight on the subject.

This holds true in spiritual things as well. Varying opinions about heaven, hell and salvation abound.

Now, adopting someone else's opinion on who's going to the Super Bowl is generally harmless. But when it comes to matters of life, death, and eternity, you'd better have something more substantial than some mere mortal's opinion.

Tragically, many people don't.

What's Your Source Of Truth?
Far too many individuals are staking their eternal destiny on what their parents, professors, or denomination told them was necessary to enter heaven.

Others aren't quite sure how they came to their conclusions about God and His kingdom. They just shrug their shoulders and say, "I've always believed this way."

The truth is, there exists only one reliable source of truth concerning matters of the soul and spirit. The Bible.

The Holy Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God. Yet millions of people today assume that their ill-founded opinions are good enough to answer eternal questions. The tragic result in each case is an unfulfilled life here on earth and an awful eternity in hell.

Going To The Source
Consider for a moment what God's Word says in 2 Timothy:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
(2 Tim. 3:16-17)
The Greek word translated "inspiration" in this passage of scripture literally means "God-breathed." All scripture is breathed from the very mouth of God Himself.

God cannot lie. Therefore you can rely on the Bible as an infallible source. Notice what else this passage says about scripture.
  1. It is profitable for doctrine—meaning it provides the basic tenants of the Christian faith.
  2. It is profitable for reproof and correction—meaning it tells us what we should not do.
  3. It is profitable for instruction in righteousness—meaning it tells us what we should do to live a godly life.
Finally, verse 17 tells us the end result of all these things. "That the man of God may be perfect (mature, complete), thoroughly furnished unto all good works."

Therefore, I encourage you to open the Word of God and see what this trustworthy source has to say about the most important question you'll ever face. Namely, what does it mean to be born again and filled with God's Spirit?

These are the most basic of life and death issues. Yet your human mind alone will never comprehend the secret of life. And try as they might, scientists will never unlock the mystery of the spark of life or see beyond the veil of death.

Only the Word of God penetrates the cloak of mystery that envelopes these questions. Read the Word today and see for yourself.


Source: Water, Wind & Fire by Mac Hammond
Excerpt permission granted by Mac Hammond Ministries

Author Biography

Mac Hammond
Web site: Mac Hammond
 
Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a large and growing church in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. He is the host of the Winner’s Way broadcast and author of several internationally distributed books. Mac is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living.
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