Don’t Play “Telephone” With Your Faith
When I was a kid, we used to play a game called “Telephone.” Someone would think of a message and whisper it in a friend’s ear. That person would pass it on by whispering what they heard to the next person. Finally, the last one to receive the message would relay the words heard out loud for all to hear. It was a funny game because, by the end, the original message had been outrageously distorted after being passed through so many.
There is a significant lesson in that game: The best way to accurately receive a message is to hear it straight from the source. This is a vital truth for those of us that claim the title “Christian.”
How do we know what it is to follow Christ? How should we live? How do we discern what is true?
Colossians 2:6-8 says, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to the human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.”
To answer the questions above, we must go directly to the Source – our Bible.
One reason so many are led away by Satan’s prettily packaged lies is because truth is not known. Many settle for a watered down, misquoted version of Jesus and what it is to follow Him. We are easily swayed and accepting of what sounds good, popular teachings, or we want to hear. This is often due to the fact that we have no idea what God says or the context in which He said it. Just like in the game “Telephone,” it only takes a few errors to completely alter the original message. We cannot afford to play telephone with our faith. We need to know Christ, who is the Word, firsthand.
But, friends, don’t take my word for it…. open your Bible and read what God says for yourself! John 1 is a great place to start!
“So Jesus said to the twelve, ‘Do you want to go away as well? Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life…” John 6:67-68.