It is Written: Consider the Source

Do you know someone who believes everything they read in the New York Times written by a certain columnist? Some believe anything published on the internet to be absolute truth. An acquaintance says that if it is written in Oprah Magazine, it must be a fact. Is authority given to a body of work simply because it gets published? There should be a veracity test for written content. Four term U.S. senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan is quoted as saying, “ You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.” Information should be screened before accepting content as life advice or a basis for decision making. What is the organization’s mission statement? What values are embraced by the writer? What is the worldview of the  organization or the author? Worldview is a framework of ideas and attitudes through which we see and understand the world, especially regarding politics, philosophy and religion. Having a Biblical worldview is an example. With a Biblical worldview, we would examine written content in comparison to what the Bible has to say. In Matthew 4:4 Jesus defeated the devil with these words: It is written “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” In 2 Timothy 3:16 Paul tells Timothy this: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. Influencers  today say there is no right or wrong . If  truth can change and evolve, we become gullible and confused. No reliable source for absolute truth can be found except God’s written word ,the Bible. With the Holy  Spirit’s help to understand the content and His help to apply it to our lives, we can be confident in the outcome.