What's Right and What's Wrong
In 1 Tim 1:3-7 Paul is very clear in the preaching of false doctrine. Verse 3-4 Paul is making a point that the teaching of false doctrine will cause controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work. You may or may not see this in the world today, but it is out there and in plain sight. There are many many versions of the Bible from King James to the NIV and The Message just to name a few. There is also separation between church groups (denominations). Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Catholic and so on. Everyone teaching in their own translations, traditions, and believes.
Now I’m not saying that any one of these examples are right or wrong. I myself go to a Baptist church, in fact a “southern” baptist church, just one of many “Baptist denominations. My primary choice of bible is the New King James. There are times I have questions or concerns over what is taught and what I hear.
Instead of settling and coming to a quick conclusion that he (pastor, teacher, etc…) is right and my concern is pointless, I read over and over again what was taught. I compare it to other times I have heard this topic or topics like it brought up. If I notice something odd, different, maybe I read it differently the first time, I dig deeper. Depending on how large or small my concern/question is, it could take a couple hours or a couple weeks til I come to a conclusion.
I’ll pull out 3 or 4 different versions of the Bible and compare translations. I’ve even gone to Hebrew or Greek and done my own translation. I pray A LOT trying to get a better understanding and clarity. I ask others what they think. I study and research.
There are some who will believe every word spoken and shame any other who question it. That is where verses 6-7 come into play.
6-7: Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.
What is Paul saying in these verses? Well there can be many different translations, but if you put it word for word instead of speculating, he is saying some believe what others say and teach the same to others without study and without prayer. The only way to truly know what is right and wrong is to pray to God for clarity. Allow God, the one who is the Word, show you the truth. Open up your Bible, read and study what was shared with you and not only have a better understanding, but make sure that what was spoken to you is what you see in it. You might come to the same conclusion, you might come to a different. Ask others, communicate your concerns, share what you have studied.
Don’t be afraid to ask the person teaching the Bible. Be it the Pastor, bible study leader, or Sunday school teacher. Find out where they learned what they are teaching and share with them your questions and concerns.
Matt 15:7-9 “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.”