Right after the gentleman died of Ebola in Dallas, I saw a report on Facebook that a family of five were diagnosed with the disease, thus quarantining an entire town in Texas.
I saw this same story shared over and over, which seems to give credibility to it.
But it was a false report.
We tend to believe something we hear over and over, especially from different sources.
This can even take place with false information about the Bible. All it takes is some pastor doing some studying online and seeing the same comments made about a subject.
Recently I taught on the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:16-26. It ends with Jesus mentioning an eye of a needle.
For the last few centuries it has been commonly taught that this refers to a small gate in the city that travelers had to stoop to get through and a camel had to get down on it’s knees to get through.
For years it has been taught as gospel but for me something just wasn’t right about it.
The Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; Heb 10:15
I believe the Holy Spirit checks our spirit and bears witness to us. The Holy Spirit will lead you to the truth.
My thought is why a small door would be necessary. Of course there was an answer for that but that didn’t make since either.
Why a small door that would cause animals such difficulty to enter with their owners?
The main thing that bothered me about the story is this – it wasn’t impossible for a camel to enter such a gate; it was just difficult. It could be done.
When Jesus made the statement that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, the disciples wondered who could be saved!
In my entire ministry I have never taught the small gate theory. Today there are many commentaries that give no evidence that such a gate ever existed.
So listen to the Holy Spirit when you study your Bible. And listen when you read about things outside the Bible.
Abba, give me guidance to discover the truth so I may teach others Your perfect truth! In Jesus name, YES&AMEN