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Part three

By Keith Bellamy

While I was out at the prison making visits in the High Security Section, an inmate asked me a question about all the End of Time Theology he was hearing and from some of the publications he was reading. He wanted to know about some of the predictions some preachers and writers were making.

I asked him to read Deuteronomy 18:20-22, that says, “But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death. You may say to yourselves, ‘How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?’ If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.”(NIV)

Then I asked him what that passage said. He said most of what he was hearing wasn’t going to happen because some of these religious experts had made predictions that had not come to pass.

Why could he understand that, and the average person on the street could not? It was because he read the passage for himself.

So just because he said, or she said, or they said does not make it true. Before you believe any allegation, you had better check it out. It may not be the truth. Before you believe anything…check it out for yourself. What you heard or read may not be the truth!

My dad was a wise man! I would use the phrase They said. He asked me who They were. That really got me to thinking. “Don’t believe everything you hear or read!”

What do you think?

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