A Study on Discernment

Fake News

We hear a lot these days about fake news. It gets more and more difficult to know who or what to believe. My Daddy used to tell me “if you don’t see it with your own eyes or hear it with your own ears, don’t believe it”. Sadly, in this age of photoshop and dialogue editing, seeing and hearing is no guarantee that a thing is true.


Matthew 24:3-8

Jeremiah 29:8-9

2 Peter 2:1-3

Points to Ponder

  • Discerning what is true is our responsibility
  • False teachers and prophets will claim to speak for Jesus
  • False teachers and prophets will even claim to be the Christ
  • Many will be misled by false prophets

Something to Think About

There is only one way we can confidently discern what is true, that is by KNOWING what is true. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 tells us to examine everything carefully, in 1 John 4 we are warned to test every spirit to see if it is from God. Paul exhorts us in Acts 20:27 to know “the whole counsel of God”, and in 2 Timothy 2:15 we are told to study God’s word so that we can rightly divide the word of truth.

©2012 Sandra Bivens Smith

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