1 Timothy 2:1-8
First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers,
petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone,
for kings and for all in authority,
that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life
in all devotion and dignity.
This is good and pleasing to God our savior,
who wills everyone to be saved
and to come to knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God.
There is also one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus,
who gave himself as ransom for all.
This was the testimony at the proper time.
For this I was appointed preacher and Apostle
(I am speaking the truth, I am not lying),
teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
It is my wish, then, that in every place the men should pray,
lifting up holy hands, without anger or argument.
I don’t know a single person that likes to be lied to. And yet, I don’t know a single person that hasn’t told a lie at least once in their life (with the exception of Jesus of course). Humans have a desire to get to the bottom of things. A desire to know what’s going on. A longing for understanding how things work. A thirst for the truth in everything. I once heard someone say that “Those who don’t seek the truth, are hiding from it”. God want’s us to be saved and know the truth. It’s through the truth of Jesus Christ that we can be saved. The go hand in hand. As Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life’. He also says, “Know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”
So why is it that we are content with only believing what is comfortable for us? Why are we so ready to attach something we don’t understand? I have come across many anti-Catholic individuals over the years in the comments box. There isn’t anything they can throw at me that I can’t refute from the Bible that I haven’t heard before. They tend to attack what they don’t understand because they never took the time to investigate for themselves, to study themselves what the Catholic Church teaches, believes and professes. Many refuse to take it straight from the “horses mouth” but rather will go to a source that doesn’t understand it any better. In the end, these debates almost always end the same way. It’s either a “bait and switch” to another topic, or they will start judging my salvation or resort to personal attacks Like Paul says today, “It is my wish, then that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger or argument.”
Someone I know likes to say that disagreement and argument is the work of the devil. I can’t say I agree with that. Jesus disagreed and stated His case to the pharisees often didn’t He? Yes it would be nice if all Christians could live in peace and harmony. Yes it would be great if Christians would not fight among each other because this places divisions in the Body of Christ. Some people say it doesn’t matter what you believe or what church you go to as long as you believe in Jesus. Well with over 30,000 denominations out there, It’s safe to say that some of them are not exactly on the up and up. With that many differing views on Jesus, someone is going to be wrong, and not everyone is going to be right or else they’d be unified. This is where looking for the truth comes into play. Before my return to the Catholic Church in 2009, I studied different denominations from their own publications. I wanted to hear it straight from the “horses mouth” and not from someone with an ax to grind.
Jesus desires us all to be one. He is the one mediator between God and man. He is the Word made flesh who dwelt among us. He want’s us to be with Him forever and we are only going to get there through Him, with Him and in Him. That kind of communion comes through seeking and finding the truth that He taught us 2000 years ago. Fact that we seem to forget.
Thought for the day: Am I seeking the truth or living in my own comfort zone? Do I blindly attack other churches without truly understanding what it is they teach, profess and believe? God calls us to know the truth, to seek it, to find it. Are we looking in the right place?