ARE YOU TRUSTING GOD OR TEMPTING HIM?
MATTHEW 22:16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.
17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, WHY TEMPT YE ME, ye hypocrites?
MARK 8:11 And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, TEMPTING HIM.
Written by Bruce Shaulis
Sometimes there is a thin line between trusting God and TEMPTING Him. When you TRUST God you accept EVERY Word that He spoke WITHOUT QUESTION. You accept it as a matter of fact and there can be NO DOUBT.
MARK 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and SHALL NOT DOUBT IN HIS HEART, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
This is what PURE FAITH is. This is what Jesus meant when He said
MARK 10:15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as A LITTLE CHILD, he shall not enter therein.
A child accepts what His father says with NO DOUBT. No one can tell him that what his father said is wrong. Paul told the Galatians that if anyone comes bringing any OTHER gospel other than the one they had ALREADY preached, let them be accursed. Even an angel from Heaven. If we accept by faith that the Apostles, who were handpicked by our Lord and were the first to receive the Holy Ghost, were simply conduits of the VERY WORDS of Christ then we cannot CHALLENGE (test or tempt) those words without crossing the line from TRUSTING GOD to TEMPTING GOD.
If the Word of God tells us that He is ONE LORD then He is ONE LORD and we must not TEST OR CHALLENGE HIS WORD. We must simply BELIEVE it. Jesus promised that He would return and take us to be where He is.
JOHN 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
The only thing we should do with this verse is ACCEPT what it clearly says. It is not our place to test or challenge it. TRUSTING God's Word is simply believing it in your heart without any need to be able to explain it or dissect it and develop some doctrine that was extrapolated from it. The WORD of GOD is the DOCTRINE OF GOD. He is able to say what He means and mean what He says without the help of man to interpret it. To TRUST the Word of God is to simply BELIEVE it in your heart without a doubt, even if you don't truly understand it. Jesus said when you do this you can move mountains.
MODERN BIBLE TRANSLATIONS
The majority of the modern bible translations follow the method called eclecticism which simply means to derive ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources:(http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/)
Brothers and sisters, is the Word of God something that is arbitrary? Is it something that we can pick and choose the parts that we feel good about or is it concrete and unchangeable as it claims. The scripture is CLEAR that God's Word was Breathed by Him though the prophets and the apostles. To question this is to TEMPT God and not take Him at His Word. To add to or take away is dangerous.
REVELATION 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Jesus Christ)
King James and the men he ordained to translate the Word of God into English was quite aware of this. They believed that the Word of God was delivered EXACTLY as God had intended and sought to provide a translation that was as close as possible to the original manuscripts so as not to violate the warning given by Jesus.
NEW WORLD ORDER/THE BEAST
Today we are seeing the rise of the first beast of REVELATION 13. A worldwide kingdom that will take over the whole world as DANIEL 7 explains. We are witnessing the corruption of the bible and the churches. Most people that claim Christianity today are TEMPTING God by not taking Him at His word but changing it as if God is not a good communicator. This falls right into the plans of the BEAST, however, because they claim they are all serving the same god but they all use different names. This is why we see the name of JESUS being removed from our bibles, music, political speeches, courtrooms, schools, etc. People today are TEMPTING God and not accepting His CLEARLY revealed Word. God forgive them.
Brothers and sisters, it is imperative that you accept God at His Word. Do not add to or take away from it. Do not doubt it. Do not change it. SIMPLY BELIEVE IT. Lest you be found to TEMPT God.
Praise the Lord God Almighty Jesus Christ.