Then They Set Him on Fire
"All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal." Psalms 119:160
A few months ago, my 7 year old grandson and I were walking through a parking lot when he said to me, “My dad would die for me.” “I know he would,” I replied. He then asked, “Papa would you die for me? “ I said, “yes, but Jesus already died for you.” He replied, “I know, they hung Him on a cross and then they set Him on fire!” Now maybe you just laughed or maybe you thought, "Who told him that?" I held back my laugh and remembered he had just learned about Shadrach, Meshach , and Abednego being thrown into the furnace (Daniel 3:20). After explaining that Jesus was not set on fire, but taken off the cross, put in a tomb and raised from the dead, he replied “I know Papa, but some people don’t believe it.”
After this conversation, I thought about how many people have misconceptions about biblical truths. These misconceptions may be from religious traditions, false teaching, or lack of knowledge because the individual never, or seldom reads, God’s Word. While my grandson’s statement seems obviously incorrect, there are many misconceptions that are not. As an example, for many years I believed that Jesus was in hell for the entire time that His body was in the tomb. I told this to someone and he asked where this was in the Bible. After searching the Bible, I realized I was not scripturally correct, but basing my belief on a phase in a prayer I learned as a child.
I thank God for the brother who asked me this question. As Christians, we should be sure that what we are telling others, and are being taught, is biblically true. Of course, in order to do this, we must know what the Bible says.
I would strongly suggest you take some time and think of what you are basing your convictions on and then look in the Bible and see if Scripture backs up what you believe.
Posted on Thu, July 21, 2011
by Jim Coyle