DAILY BIBLE STUDIES FROM 2 TIMOTHY 2:14-19 provides a short devotional thought that is easy to read and apply to the Christian life.">
Daily Bible Study From 2 Timothy 2:14-19
Facing Faulty Thinking With the Word of God 2 Timothy 2:14-19
We are constantly being bombarded with faulty thinking—thinking that just doesn’t add up. The television set is full of it, and bookstores are full of it. Take for example The DaVinci Code written by Dan Brown—a book that suggests that Jesus and Mary Magdalene had a child. A book that suggests that the Holy Grail was not the cup of the Last Supper after all but a royal bloodline composed of the descendants of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.
Although this is a fictional work, nevertheless, there is just enough reality in the book to give the whole thing an aura of truth. No doubt some people even believe this stuff. Even some Christians have wondered if this might call into question everything they believe. How do you deal with that? How do you deal with faulty thinking dressed up as truth?
Our television sets are constantly filling our minds with faulty thinking. Take for example Stargate SG1. This show continually reinforces the fact that we are not alone in the universe—that aliens visited us in antiquity and were the gods of history. You might say, “It’s obvious the show is fictional. Anyone in their right mind would see that the storyline just doesn’t add up.” In a sense, that’s true. However, the storyline is believable enough to make you wonder if this could ‘really’ happen. How do you deal with that when you constantly watch something that contradicts your beliefs?
You might think this is a modern phenomenon. However, young Timothy faced similar issues in the church at Ephesus. In fact, Timothy had people in his church who had faulty thinking. Therefore, the apostle Paul encouraged Timothy to face faulty thinking with the word of God. By continually reminding people of the word of God, by studying the word of God, and by building confidence in the word of God, people will spot faulty thinking. May God ground us in His word so that we can spot faulty thinking!