A World of Five-Legged Cows

Author: Pastor Troy Bassham

“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3-5

Abraham Lincoln once made a comment about the number of legs a cow possesses. Now obviously a standard cow comes with four legs. While arguing with a political opponent, Lincoln asked how many legs a cow would have if you additionally labeled the tail as a leg. Five, his opponent answered confidently. “Now that’s where you’re wrong,” Lincoln replied, “calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.”

Sometimes I think we live in a society of five-legged cows. More and more people have rejected objective truth and have exchanged it for mere feelings and mislabeled data. These days more and more people are clinging to what feels right instead of that which is actually real. This is especially so in regard to faith. There is an ever predominant belief that faith is a personal choice, that it is an opinion statement. In this view, persons should find the faith system that fits them best, being able to pick and choose.

Of course this flies directly in the face of Holy Scripture which states that God can be known and that he has revealed himself in his Holy Word. It contradicts Christ’s own words when he told the woman at the well, “God is spirit and his worshippers must worship him in spirit and intruth(emphasis added).”

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.” Whether truth is important to society or not, it is certainly important to God. Even if the world does not recognize the truth, it still exists. We cannot afford to be ignorant. If we do not know God’s true revelation we will be confused and tossed about by a world that is constantly changing its message.

As believers we need to be firmly grounded in God’s revelation. We need to go to the Creator to understand His creation, graciously revealed in the Bible. Without a working knowledge of Scripture we are apt to be led astray by other voices in the crowd. Knowing God (and His commandments) are paramount to living life well and in a manner pleasing to Him.

This is not a small issue. The battle is raging around us whether we realize it or not. It is a battle for our minds and hearts. What we think and believe about God affects every area of our lives.

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