Would You Want To Know The Painful Truth?

“Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.
They have mouths, but they do not speak;
eyes they have, but they do not see;
they have ears, but they do not hear;
noses they have, but they do not smell;”
Psalm 115:4-6

When I was a child, I got up one night in the middle of the night and I went to the dresser and took down every statue I had there, and put them face down. I wasn’t dreaming, it was very real, very vivid, I remember it as though it were yesterday. In the morning when I woke up I was appalled at what I had done, and very distressed at the insult to “the blessed virgin Mary.” Little did I know that that was a prophetic event showing that someday I would be led out of idolatry. At that time, I did not know the Word of God except for bits and pieces that I heard during the mass all those years. My church did not allow us to read the Bible, claiming that it was too difficult to understand and that an order of priests (the Jesuits, no less!) was given the responsibility to read and interpret it. Thus Satan kept us from the Word of God.

When I read the Bible for the first time, I was shocked at what I didn’t know, and that what I had been taught was all wrong. My journey through the Word of God was something I could never have imagined, so eye-opening was it, it changed my whole life.

I did not know when I took those statues down, that they were in direct violation of the second commandment of God. Clearly, he states that to bow before statues is idolatry. ONLY God is to be bowed before. ONLY God is to be worshiped. ONLY God is to be consulted.

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image,
any likeness of anything that is in heaven above,
or that is in the earth beneath,
or that is in the water under the earth;
you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.”
Exodus 20:4-5

Years later, I was in a car and we were driving to Canada on vacation. The next morning when we left the motel and started out, I said a prayer to Saint Christopher because he was the patron saint of travel. I wore a Saint Christopher medal around my neck trusting in it to keep me safe. We hadn’t driven far when a car sped through a red light and crashed into us. I was injured, covered in bruises from my neck to my ankles, and had a broken bone. As we got out of the car in a daze, all I could think of was my shock that my prayer had not protected me, and my medal had not kept me from harm. The police came and offered to take us to a hospital, but I said no, my mind was just somewhere else, my mind was on my shock at the lack of protection and at the accident that occurred right after my prayer. Again, I later would realized these things were all prophetic of the huge transformation that would come when I would read the Bible for the first time.

Reading the Bible for the first time, I could hardly believe the many passages that spoke the opposite from what I had been taught. This would lead to a crisis of faith, because I saw that what my religion taught contradicted what the Bible taught. They couldn’t both be right, and one of them had to be very wrong. It eventually led to the point where I was forced to choose one and leave the other.

I began to look at everything through the eyes of what the Word of God said. According to the second commandment which said not to bow before any image, any statue, it occurred to me that something must be wrong with the apparitions of “the blessed virgin Mary,” because the apparitions told those who saw them that they were to have a shrine built to her, and that they were to make medals of her. I wore three “scapulars,” which were cloths one wore around the neck with images of “the blessed virgin Mary” on them, plus I wore the “Miraculous Medal” which was another medal of her which the apparition commanded to be worn, and then also the medal to Saint Christopher. After reading the Word of God, I knew those had to go, and I also knew the apparitions seen by many were not “the blessed virgin Mary,” because the mother of Jesus would not have commanded that images of her be made and bowed before. Clearly the apparitions were not someone from heaven.

As I progressed through the Word of God I learned that ONLY God is “omni-present.” That means that ONLY the Spirit of God is everywhere and available to us. Mary is not “omni-present.” She is NOT everywhere. She is in heaven and there she stays, and she does NOT hear the prayers of the people, because she is NOT everywhere. Neither are any of the so-called “saints.”

Friends, God created mankind and placed us on this earth. He did not then leave us saying, “So long, hope you make it.” No, he has given us his Word. His Word ALONE contains the truth. Every religion has its counterfeit, its extra-Biblical version of “the truth.” The Jews have the Talmud, the Moslems have the Koran, the Catholics have the Catechism, the Jehovah’s Witnesses have the Watchtower Society, the Mormons have the Book of Mormon, and so on. These books are NOT sanctioned by almighty God, ONLY the Bible is the Word of God, and every tenet taught by any religion which contradicts the Word of God is …heresy.

There is a question I have approached people with and have had mixed results because it’s a hard one. The question is this: If the truth is something other than what you believe, would you want to know the truth or would you just not want to go there and remain in your wrong beliefs?

Your answer will determine your eternity.

“Surely our fathers have inherited lies,
worthlessness and unprofitable things.”
Jeremiah 16:19

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