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Who's the Expert?

Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
Proverbs 3:7

My husband and I have made a commitment to eat "healthy." Have you noticed that means different things to different people?

I have a stack of books from medical doctors and nutrition "experts" that each give differing advice. For instance, one encourages a plant-based diet with no meat, no eggs and no dairy. One recommends organic meat and whole milk. Another advocates healthy oils such as avocado and olive oil. Still another "expert" recommends no processed oil at all.

I find it frustrating when one source contradicts another.

We know that happens in the world today —but I've found it in our churches and Christian circles too.

You'll find a Christian pastor who support one political candidate and others who speak out against the same person. You'll see differing views on just about every social issue within the Christian community.

How can that be? God never changes. He's the same yesterday, today and forever.

Sometimes the different views come out of ignorance. People let cultural norms cloud their views. Other times, people interpret the same scriptures differently. Still other times, we let our personal experiences color the truth.

I know not everything in the Bible is black and white. (Even that's a controversial statement.) I think that's when we have to search the scripture, seek wise counsel and pray for discernment.

Proverbs 2:3-5
Proverbs 1:5
Proverbs 11:14
Proverbs 15:22

Lord, help us to learn your voice and know your ways.


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