The Whole Truth
“But the word of the Lord was to them, 'Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little' that they might go and fall backward, and be broken and snared and caught.” Isaiah 28:13
The verse above talks about people who want to live by the commands of the Lord, His precepts, but are unwilling to accept His word as a whole. Instead these type of people take a little truth here and a little truth there where they are comfortable with what the bible teaches. But, when the words or teachings in the bible get tough, these same people do not accept it as truth but rather as an optional item of the law.
Unfortunately, this is where people who pick and choose their own truth get into trouble and start a downward spiral, similar to how the verse above ends - in falling away from the Lord, finding themselves in spiritual brokenness, and even worse caught in sinful traps beyond their own ability to escape. At the onset of their self-determined positions on what truths are applicable to them, these people were not thinking about where their thoughts and actions would lead them, but in the end what they chose to believe does catch up with them – it does with all of us.
God's word is not meant to just refresh us and help us to find comfort in our own man-made belief systems. Rather, the word of the Lord is meant to rebuke our thinking and mold us into people who live in a manner than pleases God. What we read in God's word may not always be what we want to hear and at times it does challenge what we have believed as acceptable up until the point God confronted us with His truth. But picking and choosing what we want to believe about God is treading on a slippery slope that is destined for destruction.
God had an implicit reason for writing His Holy word in the manner He did and it was not to appease our human condition. Read what these verses in Galatians say about God's written law and the greater purpose God has for it when read and believed as a whole:
“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.' But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for 'the just shall live by faith.'Yet the law is not of faith, but 'the man who does them shall live by them.' Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law...that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith...
Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.” Galatians 3:10 – 14, 21 – 25
These above verses are profound to those who are willing to be shaped by the word God has given us to instruct us and show us how far our human ways are from His ways. The word of the Lord, when taken in its whole format, is meant to convict us beyond a shadow of a doubt that we cannot achieve righteousness without a savior. And, for all who are willing to believe and call truth as God calls it truth, a special gift is promised – the gift of the Holy Spirit. A gift which alone can be received when a soul is willing to admit there is no truth beyond the truth revealed by God no matter how hard the human condition finds it to accept.
God gives us the choice, we can either pick and choose what we want to believe out of the bible and in doing so, make ourselves the writers of the law and gods in our own minds. Or, we can choose to believe God and realize our need for His help in our belief which will lead us, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to discover the whole truth about God and what righteous living is all about.