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What the World Says vs. What the Word Says, #2.

As Christians, our beliefs and values are rooted in the teachings of the Bible. Therefore, it is essential to align our thoughts and actions with God's word rather than the ideas and trends of the world. To do this, we must compare unbiblical views to what the Bible says and discern what is true and correct.

One standard unbiblical view is that positive thinking about oneself is necessary for success and fulfillment. While it is essential to have a healthy self-image, our ultimate identity should be grounded in our relationship with Christ. John 15:4-5 reminds us that we can do nothing apart from Him, and Philippians 3:7-14 encourages us to consider everything as loss compared to the value of knowing Christ.

Another unbiblical view is that we should only speak of uplifting and positive messages and avoid discussing sin, hell, or eternal separation from God. However, as Ezekiel 33:8-9 tells us, we must warn others of the consequences of sin and urge them to turn towards God. Luke 3:7 and 12:5 also show us that John the Baptist and Jesus preached about repentance and judgment, not just messages of comfort and positivity.

A third unbiblical view is that we must forgive ourselves to find peace and fulfillment in life. This disregards that true peace and satisfaction can only come from God and our Salvation through His grace. Additionally, forgiveness is not something that we can earn or give to ourselves but rather something that we receive through Christ's sacrifice on the Cross. As John 16:33 reminds us, we will face trials and tribulations in this world, but e will have eternal victory through Christ. I Corinthians 1:18-21, 2:14, and Colossians 2:8-14 also emphasize the importance of trusting God's wisdom and power rather than relying on human understanding or efforts.

Let us remain steadfast in our commitment to God's truth and seek to discern His will in all areas of life. May we always look to the Bible as our guide and source of wisdom and align our thoughts and actions with His perfect love and grace.

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