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How do we know things?

There are some things that I know about and others I do not. That is meant as a broad statement over broad subjects because we all must agree there are things we don’t know. As I read and listen each day, I find that this is becoming more profound daily. When I hear about things going on our country, our denomination (Elaine and I are Southern Baptist), even our family, there are things I know and things I don’t.

How do we know things? Well, certainly by being a part of something personally. We are also knowledgeable because of what we have learned from reliable sources. Just from these two simple ways, we are able to make decisions, empathize, assist and pray for others and the things of life.

With this in mind, we respond to things based upon a lifetime of experience. Relating circumstances and events in a manner which helps us cope with all that goes on around us. Personally, that is where I am at right now. I recognize there are so many things I just don’t know. I read and I listen to information concerning things that cause me to wonder what in the world is going on. Quite often I find myself remembering truth is stranger than fiction. I have read some truly great fictional stories and have said many times that could never happen in real life, then something even worse happens and the truth was stranger than fiction.

For the life on me, I just don’t know what is happening. Even so come quickly Lord Jesus. That was more for me than for you, but I hope you understand the sentiment. If we just stay within our own borders as a country or a denomination we have to ask, “what is going on?”.

I have attempted to stay away from much of these things that are happening as I blog or post on social media. Someone will not like what I think and I don’t want to hurt anyone. Although, I have learned in this life that you can’t please all the people all the time. I have always tried but learned that not everyone will understand or even appreciate what I believe or say. For me the idea that we can disagree but we don’t have to be disagreeable works every time. So if this or anything I ever say or write is something you disagree with please don’t be disagreeable.

This is the greatest example of what I just said. I believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. I believe that Jesus is God’s Son and that acceptance of Him assures my salvation and eternal life through his death, burial and resurrection by faith. I hope you know Him as your Savior and Lord. Then when we all get to Heaven, we will learn everything that will finally answer a lot of these crazy questions that we all have.

Now, there are other things that I believe such as the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message. That marriage is one man and one woman. That all men, as a general word used to describe the human race, are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness as declared in the Declaration of Independence. I agree with our Constitution as these United States that We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. I agree with the Bill of Rights, the Articles of and the Amendments to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights.

Now, whether in Scripture or our nation‘s founding documents there are things I don’t understand or I may not even agree with it is incumbent upon me to live by, with and through those things. That seems to be the great difficultly for many today. They can’t live with truth so they are changing truth into whatever better fits what they think they believe. This is changing the natural course of life to meet a supposed idea of what life should be in their mind. Is it delusional? Absolutely, as it meets the definition of insanity. I’ll let you look that up for yourself if you don’t know the definition.

There is one thing I know for sure. God loves me and sent His Son to be my Savior. I have believed in Him and accepted by faith His free gift of eternal life. Now, everything else I have to admit I have my doubts about, but as to this truth that Paul spoke of in 2 Timothy 1:I2 when he said that “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.”

A thought to ponder,

Elbert Nasworthy

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