by Randy Chambers, 2016-09-09
1 Corinthians 51-52, NIV: Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not
all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at
the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised
imperishable, and we will be changed.
"We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed.” I will never forget the
time I saw these words posted on the door of the church nursery. It just goes to
show how putting words in a different context can take on an entirely different
meaning than what was originally intended. All kidding aside, scripture is often
taken out of context—sometimes with the best intentions—sometimes not. Since the
beginning, Satan has twisted the scriptural text to deceive and distort. He did
so in the Garden of Eden. He did so in the wilderness with Christ (to no avail).
And he does so today. Jesus was able to withstand Satan’s snares because of His
own understanding of the scriptures. But many have fallen for the devil’s
deceptions, mostly due to a lack of scriptural knowledge. For whatever reason,
there are too many people today twisting the scripture to accommodate personal
viewpoints. It is crucial we understand the Bible in context, so not to be led
astray by those who twist the Word of God for their own desires.