“This certainly is the Prophet.” Others were saying, “This is the Christ.” Still others were saying, “Surely the Christ is not going to come from Galilee, is He? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” So a division occurred in the crowd because of Him. – John 7:40-43
My mom greeted me from a wheelchair in her nursing home with a shocker. “They’re killing everybody!” In my head I groaned at this obviously false allegation, but I reassured her and asked why she thought so. It turned out that a resident with a paranoid belief was spreading the rumor. In his head the facility had a Holocaustic purpose—to kill everyone—and all the pieces fit his delusion. Nurses gave pills and shots to everyone, then periodically someone would die. With this filter, he could not be dissuaded. Thankfully, my mom chose to believe me instead of him!
Filtering reality by false beliefs brings wrong conclusions. Some of Jesus’ contemporaries filtered His claims through their inaccurate beliefs and decided He was a blasphemer from Satan. Though they had the same evidence as the disciples, they came to opposite conclusions.
Watch out for false beliefs about God. Unfortunately we don’t see our own false filters. So we need God to illuminate truth. Then we must choose to believe His perspective. Look to His Word and ask: “Who is this Jesus?” Beware of putting Jesus into an old box! “How do You view me? What is true about Your justice and grace?” Bad filters can result in depression or indulgences or anxieties. Uncovering truth about God will give you good filters. Listen to Him!
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