“All roads lead to Rome.” Some take that pithy statement about the Roman Empire and apply it to matters spiritual, but do all roads really lead to God? Look below at what John the Apostle, an author with works in the Bible, says.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1–ESV)
“Do not believe” is how he starts the next section. “Huh?” Usually, we conceive of the scriptures as admonishing us to believe in this or that, but here John turns us about from the typical. “Spirits,” he said, “are present around us which are not from God.” They have infused the world, and from their niches, they dangle attractive, albeit false, beliefs.
“Have some skepticism,” says John. Do not automatically accept each wind-chime of belief, but test them. “See if they are from God,” John says, strongly implying that some spirits are not from God. There are real spirits in the world which are from Satan. Beliefs are no laughing matter imperiling those who buy the dangles. [Read more…]