I definitely have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. On the one hand, I love having the ability to quickly get in touch with old friends, new friends and family. On the other hand, I am not a fan of the endless boxes of sayings causing Facebook to now look like a field of billboards.
However, the thing that drives me silly crazy at times, are posts that are continually re-posted as fact and are fiction. Rather than take the time to dig a little and see if the things are true, people just mindlessly repeat what they have been told by another. Below are a couple of examples, but I won’t put the whole post to save space.
- To all my FB friends, I want to stay PRIVATELY connected with you. However, with the recent changes in FB, the public can now see all activities in any wall. This happens when our friend hits “like” or “comment”, automatically, their friends would see our posts too. Unfortunately, we cannot change this setting ourselves because Facebook has configured it this way. Only you can do this!!! …. FALSE
- EVERYBODY SHOULD READ THIS!!!!!!!!! WARNING: Some knew about the red light on cars, but not Dialing 112. If an UNMARKED police car pulled up behind her and put his lights on dial 112 to check authenticity. I never knew about the 112 Cell Phone feature. Speaking to a service representative at Bell Mobility confirmed that 112 was a direct link to State trooper info. So, now it’s your turn to let your friends know about “Dialing, 112… NOT TRUE and might actually cost you valuable time or harm. In the USA you must dial 911.
I could go on and on with amber alerts, toxins in your refrigerator, posts about the First Lady, etc. The interesting thing is that once in a while the claims are true. So how do we know what is true and what is not? It simply takes a little digging.
This so translates over to the Christian realm. Over and over phrases, words and slogans are passed off as truth from God’s word and they aren’t truth at all. We are living in serious times and we need to know what the Bible says. How do we separate truth from fiction? It takes a little digging ON OUR OWN and not just repeat what a preacher or friend said.
Romans 10:9-If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Philippians 4:19-And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:37-39-No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
How do I know these words to be truth? Because I did a little digging and found that God Himself had the words penned for my benefit and my victorious living. Stop depending on others to break it down for you. Yes, there is a time to listen to a sermon, read a devotion or read a book, but that must never replace digging for truth ourselves.
In the above reference about dialing 112, the sad thing is if a person is in danger and they follow this, it could cost them valuable time or even their lives – all because people continue to repeat what is not true. Too often we believe the lie rather than dig a little to find the truth.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6 SELAH