Luke 10:1 says: “After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go;” (NKJV) or “After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.” (NIV) Other versions of the Bible are similar to either of these renditions. Why is this so? Did Jesus send out ‘Seventy,‘ or he sent out ‘Seventy-two;’ which of them is really the case? Does it even matter (or does it not really matter) whether it is ‘Seventy‘ or ‘Seventy-two.‘? So which of the Bible versions is most authentic, and thus, most suitable for use? Another example…
What does 3 John 1:2 really say, and what does it really mean? Oops! It depends on which version of the Bible you consult, and that in itself presents the first issue that leads to misinterpretation and misapplication! Then, there is the strong – almost unyielding – influence of what you might have already heard said about the scripture (even if you heard that during your childhood – Children’s Service/Sunday School – stage) and finally, the lack of effective (diligent and Holy-Spirit-led) comprehension and interpretation skills. Other factors may also apply.
Further to the above, I have heard many ‘men and women of God’ preach what could best be described as their opinion of (or commentary on) the Word of God. Unfortunately many Christians accept whatever is preached by a ‘man or woman of God;’ they seem to swallow everything – hook, line, and sinker – as though what the ‘men or women of God’ preach/teach are exactly what God or Jesus himself is personally saying to them – verbatim – and so they usually do not bother to cross-check! This appears noble, but it could be dangerous, and there is every indication that this attitude has already caused more harm than good. Christians of today should take a cue from the zeal of the earlier brethren in Berea. “These Jewish brethren who gathered at the synagogues to hear the messages/preachings of Paul and Silas were more fair-minded (noble) than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. ” (Acts 17:11 NKJV) It is said that, The greatest risk in life is to wait for and depend on others for your security;” the brethren in Berea literally lived it, when it came to the security of the truth of God’s word. Do Christians of today search the scriptures daily for truth? No! Of course many Christians do their ‘Quiet Time‘ or Daily Devotional reading of the Bible (as a Christian traditional requirement – even if just to satisfy one’s conscience – or an attempt to please God for favours) but essentially not ‘a search;’ as in Bible Studies – to unearth the truth of God’s word.
A Reality Check:
A lot of the things you believe in, or believe about Christianity may lack sound biblical foundation or sound biblical basis, and in some cases, they may be utterly false. For instance, How many disciples did Jesus have? What maximum number of years has God prescribed for man to live on earth? How many were the wise men who visited Jesus at birth, and presented gifts? How many gifts did the wise men who visited Jesus at birth present? Do you notice that Christians dress so heavily to Church; why do you think this is so? Just click here to take this survey, and you will be amazed how much truth you will unearth; based on verifiable scriptures from the Holy Bible! Well, if you have/had no idea what the correct/exact answer is/was, that’s pardonable; because as a human being you are not expected to know everything, and definitely, you cannot know everything. But to give a definite answer you are so sure of; only for it to turn out to be wrong is problematic! By extension, to hold on strongly to a belief, or a practice you think is Christian and biblical, only for it to turn out not to have any sound biblical basis for your application, is problematic, and we should avoid that. And that’s the whole point I seek to make in this article.