Thursday, February 11, 2021

Fact Checkers

"These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
Acts 17:11 (NKJV)

Getting the right information is vitally important.  Today, there is a lot of information coming at us from so many different places that it can be challenging to know what is true and what is false.  Someone can claim something is true, and someone else can check those facts and say that it is not true, but how can we know who is right and who is wrong?  It could be that the person who first presented the information and the "Fact Checkers" were both wrong and the truth could be in the middle of those two positions.

One of my favorite examples in the Bible is about the people in the city of Berea.  These people were biblical fact checkers as they searched the Word daily to see if what they were hearing was correct.  What is really amazing to me is that it was Paul and Silas who came to speak to the Bereans.  Paul and Silas were not just some recent converts or people who had never done anything before, they were well established ministers of the Gospel, and still the people in Berea checked what Paul and Silas had to say.

It can be easy, and a little dangerous, to just assume that what we are hearing is the truth because of who we hear it from.  Just because what we hear comes from a well-known speaker, an "expert", or some "trusted" source, does not mean we should automatically accept what we are told as the truth.  We need to be biblical fact checkers who examine everything we hear in light of God's Word to see if it is truth we need to embrace or something we need to reject as false.

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