It always boils down to "Did God really say _________". . . .
The "shining one"--Lucifer . . . the serpent . . . the "light bearer" as his devotees like to call him . . . rushed to subvert the new creation, jealous of God and of man . . . caught Eve alone and seduced her into questioning God. So has the battle been going ever since. "Did God really say . . . ie., that sinners will go to Hell? . . . or, that homosexual sex is an abomination? . . . or, that woman should not be pastors, teaching over men? . . . or, that while many are called only a few are chosen? . . . or, that the heart of mankind is deceitfully wicked? . . . or, that there are none that do good, no, not a single one!? . . . or, that God grants repentance? . . . or, that marriage is sanctioned only to be between one man and one woman? . . . or, only by grace are you saved-- not of works, lest you should boast? . . . or, that Jesus did not pray for the whole world but only for those the Father gave Him? . . . or, that all those who cry, "lord, lord" will not necessarily be saved? . . . or, that liars will have their part in the lake of fire?. . . . . .
Since Eve hearkened to the serpent, questioned God and disobeyed . . . and then Adam followed her, abdicating his role as spiritual leader, the whole history of the world has been one of humanity questioning and rebelling against God through a multitude of clever parsings and dissemblings and rationalizations; always finding comfort in numbers rather than in God.
The crowd, the mob is all going together against God and they each within find solace in looking over at their fellow rebels, thinking, "it must not be sooo wrong what we are proposing and doing--look how many of us there are! Surely God has to recognize our great numbers--we who disagree with His plan and ways! Surely He must respect our position, for look at all the respectable folk, the titled, the credentialed who are in our cause, while it seems that only the lowly, the foolish, the naive keep following a literal and backwards adherence to the so-called "Word"! There must be safety in numbers! And look, the whole society is going this way. . . . Soon there will only be a motley, pathetic handful of "fundamentalists" . . . "extremists" who insist on believing old myths and uneducated superstitions! We, the "enlightened" are prevailing!"
Yet, the Believing Ones . . . will continue, despite all odds and numbers against them . . . to find comfort in the truth, in His Word, against which the very gates of Hell will not prevail, and they know this and are granted faith to persevere!
"I will worship toward your holy temple, and praise your name for your loving kindness and for your truth: for you have magnified your word above all your name." Psalm 138:2
As precious and powerful is the name of God . . . He has magnified His WORD even above that! Some so-called believers are horrified to blaspheme the name of the Lord and look down upon all those who do, yet these same dissemblers think nothing of discounting certain parts of God's Word, denying whole portions or twisting it to suit their pet theories and particular biases. . . .
In these times of great, global deception, where even the huge cult of the Pope is now throwing in with "progressive" culture, abandoning hard Biblical positions for political expediency like never before . . . the rock, the anchor, the sanctuary of sanity, comfort clarity, truth . . . must be, for the true believer, the Word of God . . . which stands fast regardless of the fickle and shifting winds of mob-rule!
God bless you in this.....