So You're Absolutely Sure?
We've all made mistakes. You've probably had that experience where you were absolutely sure about something and later found out that you had been wrong. From time to time, there are things that I have believed for a very long time, maybe all my life, which are found to be false. Most of the time, this involves things that are not so very important. My life is not changed by finding out the truth about this thing, but my mind is boggled because I thought I knew the truth.
Here is a very funny poem about just such an experience. See if you can relate to this woman:
THE COOKIE THIEF
A woman was waiting at an airport one night
with several long hours before her flight.
She hunted for a book in the airport shop,
bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.
She was engrossed in her book but happened to see
that the man beside her, as bold as could be,
grabbed a cookie or two from the bag between
which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.
She munched cookies and watched the clock
as the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock.
She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by
thinking, "If I wasn't so nice I'd blacken his eye."
With each cookie she took, he took one too!
When only one was left, she wondered what he'd do.
With a smile on his face and a nervous laugh,
he took the last cookie and broke it in half.
He offered her half as he ate the other,
She snatched it from him and thought, "OH Brother!"
This guy has some nerve and he's also rude.
Why, he didn't even show any gratitude.
She had never known when she had been so galled
And sighed with relief when her flight was called.
She gathered her belongings and headed to the gate
refusing to look back at that thieving ingrate.
She boarded the plane and sank in her seat
then sought her book which was almost complete.
As she reached in her baggage she gasped with surprise
there was her bag of cookies in front of her eyes.
If mine are here she moaned with despair,
then the others were his and he tried to share.
Too late to apologize, she realized with grief,
that she was the rude one, the ingrate, and the thief.
Sometimes we are so sure about what we believe. Seemingly nothing can convince us that we are wrong about something, but this little poem, at the very least, should challenge us to rethink our religious beliefs and make sure that they are based on the teachings of God's Word. Do we believe a doctrine because it's plainly taught in the Bible? Or do we accept it as being the "gospel truth" because that's the way we've done things all our lives?
We are counseled in the Scriptures to study to show our own selves approved unto God. It is very dangerous to accept a doctrine, based on someone else's study. There are many honest souls who will not accept what the Bible says because they are following their preacher, teacher, parents, church, or society. BUT we are to study the Word to see if those things are so. I pray that you will determine in your experience to live by "every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God," so that you will not be ashamed on that last great day.