Man's Greatest Challenge (Part 1)
The Foundation of Belief
Given 24-Sep-05; Sermon #739; 72 minutes
By Mr. Richard T. Ritenbaugh Click Here to Listen/Download MP3
Description:Reflecting on Michael Crichton's observations about the difficulty of distinguishing truth from error, Richard Ritenbaugh concurs that it is almost impossible to make sense out of this world if we try to process the voluminous information available in these days of exploding knowledge. What goes into our minds (good or bad) ultimately dictates what we believe. We desperately need to learn to collect and process information from God's perspective, unlike Pilate, who could not recognize truth even when it stared him in the face (John 18:33). Ancient Israel failed to process the truth, bringing hideous curses on themselves. All of humanity has been blinded by the god of this world. The key to knowing the truth of God is to recognize the true nature and character of God, and from this understanding all doctrine flows. Only God's Spirit, given to those who obey Him (Acts 5:32), can remove the blindness of false doctrine, such as ever-burning hell or eternal security.
Topics:Belief Blindness Bias Chrichton, Michael Chosen Character Christ coming in the flesh Docetism Doctrine Error Eternal security Ever- burning hell Fact Fantasy Fiction Faith explosion Information Israel's blindness Knowing God Nature of God Permission Pilate Propaganda Reality Revelation Truth understanding