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Keeping People In The Dark

Keeping People In The Dark

by Keith Bellamy

Have you ever been kept in the dark about something? By that, I mean you may be part of an organization and the finances of that organization as to actually what was available are kept secret from those who contribute.

Years ago, we were supporting a certain project and we could not get an exact figure on the finances of that particular organization. The leaders of that organization had a mind-set to keep everyone in the dark about how much money was actually available. Some people were asking questions and certain leaders blew off their questions. The leaders didn't want the truth out.

Someone said, “Ignorance is bliss.” But’s it’s not.

Sometimes there are those who have been kept in the dark as far as the Word of God is concerned. There are those who don’t want you to understand the Bible. And we live in a society today that plays on ignorance.

Some are told that only the clergy or church decide what the Bible says. I have read commentaries that have marked out references to a certain scripture.

Many years ago, some student preachers were discussing 1 Peter 3:21. The lady they were visiting made the comment that passage wasn’t in her Bible. And it wasn’t! She had cut it out! However, the passage still says, “Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (NASV).

I have read many passages that so many try to explain away. However, I must insist that the Bible be my guide.

You and I are being bombarded by political messages that tell us the government can fix our problems. If you believe that, then maybe we need to see what happened to the children of Israel, who bought into that message.

Only God can fix our problems. He has made salvation possible through His Son, Jesus Christ.

God doesn’t keep us in the dark. His Son was the light. And we must follow Him to stay out of the darkness.

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