By Mike Chaffin
O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge— by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen. 1 Timothy 6:20-21
Profane and Idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge. Paul warns Timothy to avoid listening to these discussions. He encourages him to remember the teaching of the Bible, the gospel, and trust in these as they are the truth. By encouraging Timothy, Paul is also encouraging us to do the same thing. Trust in God. Trust the Bible. Trust Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Don’t give credence to any argument that Christ didn’t die, that there is no God, that we are all just an accident created by chance.
There in lies the lie of evolution, that everything was created by chance. Chance doesn’t create anything. It has no power. It has no ability to do anything. Chance is just a reconnoitering of the odds that something can happen.
Chance proves that the creation was no accident and requires a creator. The position of the earth, if off any at all would not support life. The thickness of the atmosphere, the rotational speed, the distance from the sun all had to be exact or we would not exist. To be where we are in space is not by chance, but by design.
It takes more faith to believe in accidental creation and evolution than it does to believe God created the heavens and the earth. As Paul wrote in Romans 1:18-20,
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
Paul is also warning Timothy and all Christians to avoid heresy. One heresy that was just being seeded at the time was Gnosticism. This was a belief that flesh was evil, and spirit was good, so Jesus didn’t come in the flesh. That’s a heresy as it is not what is recorded in the gospels. Jesus came down as flesh and dwelt among us.
The last word here is to gain knowledge of the Bible by reading it, praying for the Holy Spirit to illuminate the meaning and trust in it instead of cleverly crafted arguments that have no truth in them.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to understand the Bible. Illuminate in me the truth of the gospel message and your love for us. Help me to rightly divide the Word so that I can recognize deceit when I hear it. When I pray to you and ask a question, please give me an answer. In Jesus’s name, amen.