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Approaching All Things Biblically

I am a firm believe that in every area we are to approach it biblically.  In other words, whatever the issue may be whether religious or social or even sports, we should approach the subject biblically.  What does the Bible say is the driving question for the disciple of Christ.  Not what does culture think on the subject or what is the opinion of this person or that but what does the Bible say.  That is not always an easy question to answer and it requires a diligent study of the Bible and it requires that we hide God’s Word in our hearts so that we can answer those who question us (1 Peter 3:15-16).

However, one hallmark for a true disciple of Jesus is to abide in His teachings.  John 8:31-32 reads:

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

To abide in His teachings is to abide in His Word.  His Word (the Bible) is His teachings.  2 John 9 shows another hallmark for the disciple of Jesus:

Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.

The duty of the disciple of Jesus is to abide in His teachings (to know His Word and remain faithful to Him).

As we abide in His Word, the Bible sets the course for us.  It reveals the heart of God.  As we abide in His teachings, the Word leads us to godly discernment (Proverbs 2:3).  The Word guides us and it renews our minds so that our minds are inclined toward God’s ways (Romans 12:1-2).  How can we ever begin to know the voice of God (John 10:27) if in fact we are not hearing His voice speaking in His Word?  How can answer a world that rejects God if in fact we are trying to reason with them using their logic apart from the Word of God?  We must resound to the world with the Word.  This is the biblical approach to all things.

My approach then to all issues is to answer with biblical texts.  One could reason that the unbelieving world would reject the Word and they will but this does not change the fact that God has spoken and we must speak His words to the world.  We must engage the world with the Word.  We must examine all things biblically and through the lenses of the one true source for the mind of God: His inerrant and infallible Word (Hebrews 4:12-13).  We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) because we have His Word.  Let us answer all things by using His mind.

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