December 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

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I'm Confused!

Have you ever had someone say those words to you when you are discussing scripture? I have, many times.

Many people believe that scripture is "riddled" with contradictions, and these "contradictions" will cause confusion unless there is someone like a   priest or preacher to explain it all.

Is this true? What is confusion, anyway?

Webster's Definition:
"A confusing or being confused. Specifically, a) Disorder. b) Bewilderment. c) Embarrassment. d) Failure to distinguish between things."

To Confuse means:
"1: To mix up; jumble together; put into disorder."
"2: To mix up mentally; specifically; a) to bewilder; perplex. b) to embarrass; disconcert; abash. c) to fail to distinguish between; mistake the identity of."

That covers quite a lot of things.

My definition, for discussions only about scripture is this: "Confusion is a state of mind resulting from someone giving equal status and authority, in their own mind, to two opposing thoughts or ideas "

To me it is, as my dad used to say, "being caught between a rock and a hard place."

Two opposing thoughts or ideas cannot have equal status. It is simply not possible, since they are directly opposed to one another.

This, then, is what happens when someone tries to equate what some preacher, or church, teaches when it is in direct opposition with what scripture says. When we are taught something supposedly from scripture by someone we trust, and it is contrary to what scripture actually says, we have confusion created in our minds. Things pertaining to God are "mixed up and jumbled together." We become "bewildered and perplexed" and at times "embarrassed" when we cannot "distinguish between" what man says and what scripture says!

Yes it is disconcerting! Scriptures we THINK we know, and have read straight from God's Word, have had doubt cast upon them in our minds.

When that happens, one SHOULD make God the authority and decide that whoever is teaching something opposite to that has a great misunderstanding!

Scripture says:

Romans 3:4 "God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. "

No matter how much we respect, trust and love someone, if they are teaching something that is opposite of God's Word, we MUST reject that teaching!! That doesn't mean we quit loving and respecting that person. We just need to check out what they teach. Does that make them our enemy? No, of course not! They simply don't understand The Word.

We are commanded many places in scripture to be very careful what we believe and from whom we get our beliefs. God condemns man's TRADITIONS unless those traditions are directly from the Word of God!!

There are so many widely held beliefs that have come from mankind's teachings that are VERY confusing when compared to what God's Word really says.

Let me take a very widely accepted belief as an example, that of "Going to Heaven or Hell at death." God's Word is very plain on this subject, but if someone wants an INSTANT argument all they need to do is quote the following scripture.

Jesus said, "And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven." John 3:13.

Almost all people who claim to be Christian will immediatly jump on the bandwagon with an argument against this scripture!

Well, let's see......Jesus said this long after the death of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, and many others. Did they "go to heaven?" It would seem that if ANYONE went to heaven at death, it would AT LEAST have been King David.

God called David a man after His own Heart. If David was this close to God Himself, SURELY David would have "gone to heaven," wouldn't he? And yet we read in the Book of Acts this statement:

"Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried , and his sepulchre is with us unto this day." Acts 2:29
"For David is not ascended into the heavens:..." Acts 2:34

Hmmm....David is "dead and buried" and his "sepulchre" (or grave) was with them at that time. As you know, a grave is not a grave unless a body is in it. Otherwise it is just a hole in the ground, right?

Then the writer nails it down that "David is NOT ASCENDED into the heavens".

That is a SOLID statement straight out of the bible, but since the "accepted" teaching is "going to heaven" that scripture can't be right!! There MUST be another explanation because it doesn't mean what it says, they will tell you.

My reply to that statement is, "Then please tell me what it DOES MEAN!" Invariable the answer will be, "Well, I don't know, but it doesn't mean THAT!"

Yep....they don't know what it means, but they KNOW it doesn't mean what it says!

That is the kind of confusion I am talking about. A person in that situation has accepted what they HAVE BEEN TOLD by some man (or woman, or church) and made it GOSPEL to themselves. Then they CANNOT push it away because it has become THEIR BELIEF and they have based their WHOLE SALVATION upon that belief!

Does the Bible teach "going to Heaven when a 'christian' dies?" No, it does not! In fact, it teaches JUST THE OPPOSITE!!

Scriptures teach that ALL people go to "hell" and wait for the resurrection. That word hell is from the Greek word "hades" which simply means "the grave." A hole in the ground where they place a body.

In time past, people talked about putting their potatoes "in hell for the winter." They would simple bury them in the ground and dig them up in the spring (or whenever they needed them).

This knowledge that the grave is 'hell' and that everyone goes there before being resurrected has led to the idea of 'purgatory' which most Catholics believe.

When scripture teaches about the Beast and False prophet being cast into "the lake of fire," it is talking about an ACTUAL fire that is just outside Jerusalem and is used for burning refuse and garbage. It IS NOT that "ever-burning hell" that people have accepted into their thinking without balancing the text of the whole bible!!

Then why all this confusion?

Because of Satan the devil and what he taught Eve in the Garden of Eden.

When he confronted Eve, he said,

"... Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" Gen. 3:1

And, of course, Eve corrected him saying they could eat of all the trees of the garden except the tree in the "midst." Satan then proceeded to explain that eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil would make them like God, knowing good and evil.

He insinuated that God was jealous and didn't want them to "know as much as He did," and was hiding the truth from them.

Thus started the first confusing statement. What was stated here was not only the beginning of confusion because it directly opposed what God had said, it also started the belief about "the immortal soul" in mankind when Satan said, "Ye shall NOT surely die!"

From this one statement has come a host of beliefs held my millions of people down through the ages that death is not death, but just separation from God.

People will NOT accept the fact that death is THE CESSATION OF LIFE, when all through scripture it is explained that death and life are two opposites.

They just won't understand that people must be RESURRECTED FROM DEATH in order to have that IMMORTAL LIFE that God has promised!

Far too many people, who mean well,  just don't understand, or WON'T understand, that LIFE and DEATH are two OPPOSITES!!

People....God MEANS what He says!

Ezekiel 18:20 "The soul (person, being) that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him."

That scripture not only shows why people have confusion when they believe they have an "immortal soul," it also destroys another cherished confused belief about the "original sin."

Humans DIE! They don't just live "apart from God."

Humans also bear their OWN iniquity (sin), not the sin of their fathers, which includes ADAM and EVE. God is righteous to not impute sin to someone who has not committed sin.

It is also very plain FROM SCRIPTURE that a baby, at birth, is NOT a sinner. They LEARN TO SIN from parents and others, being taught the WRONG WAY OF LIFE!!

Romans 9:11 "(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)"

Sin is an act done by an individual that is against what God commands, and the penalty of that sin is NOT put upon any descendant.

However, the results of sins by parents can affect the lives of their children later since it does bring on penalties that must be paid. It is also the fact that parents teach children ways that are opposed to what God commands and thus the children, as they get older, begin to sin because they don't know "THE WAY OF GOD."

It has never been taught to them.

This is what was passed from Eve to her children. Especially Cain, because he began a line of people that disobeyed God and taught their children to disobey God. You can learn more about that in our ARCHIVED ARTICLE entitled, "The Seed of Satan." Why don't you read it through with your Bible open and see what we are talking about?

Confusion, then, is placing human teachings and traditions on the SAME LEVEL and authority as God, or even giving them PRE-IMMINENCE over God's truth!!

How can one overcome confusion?

So many of us are loaded down with the heavy baggage that we have learned from some church or preacher (or more than one), and that baggage needs to be UNLOADED!

Begin to read and study YOUR BIBLE and try to put out ALL human teachings, letting God (through His inspired Word) teach you the truth about Him and Jesus. 

Begin on your knees, asking God to OPEN YOUR MIND to HIS UNDERSTANDING. Tell Him you don't want man's understanding....you want HIS. Then EXPECT Him to open your mind and teach you His TRUTH!

You will literally be amazed at what you learn and begin to understand when you "take God at His Word."

It isn't impossible! People do it all the time!

The hardest parts are these: Don't expect to be able to unload all your baggage at once, and don't expect to be able to learn ALL THE TRUTH all at once. It takes time!

Remember.....God WANTS to give you His Truth! He wants children in His Family.

If you need help after you begin your individual study, then write and ask. We will do all we can to help edify you and will NEVER knowingly tell you any UNTRUTH about God.

It's YOUR CHOICE, you know! You NEED TO MAKE the right one!!

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