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Siren Song

In ancient Greek mythology, sirens were fictitious sea creatures - half-woman, half bird - who stood on shore and lured sailors to their doom with their sweet song. The sailors' ruin wasn't caused by the song itself, which seemed so innocent and beautiful, but by the self-destructive behavior that it caused - jumping overboard to drown, or demolishing their ships by sailing them straight into the rocky shore.

A Compass "Not everything that tastes good, is good for us," is a beneficial old saying. "Not everything that sounds good, is good for us," could be another.

There are many wonderful truths to be found in Reading The Holy Bible - God's offer of eternal life, the love that The Lord has for us, and all of the good things that are coming to those who obey Him (See Why Were You Born?. Also If You Could Create A World and A Picture Of Heaven ). But there are also realities in God's Word that can be difficult, not just to understand, but to accept and live by.

Human nature being what it is, even when sincerely striving to obey God, we sometimes are more inclined to conduct ourselves according to the beliefs and opinions that seem right to us, or that are most convenient, rather than the Words that are right from God. We tend to listen to sweet songs.

But can any human be more right than our Creator? Or even as right?

There are numerous Scriptures having to do with the value difference between worshiping God according to His instructions, rather than by human inventions:

  • "They worship Me in vain, their teachings are but rules taught by men. You have let go The Commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men." (Mark 7:7-8)

  • "Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes upon the disobedient." (Ephesians 5:6)

  • "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ." (Colossians 2:8)

  • "They say to the seers, "See no more visions!" and to the prophets, "Give us no more visions of what is right!" Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions. Leave this way, get off the path, and stop confronting us with The Holy One of Israel!" (Isaiah 30:10-11)

The English word counterfeit originates from two French words meaning to make and against. Its dictionary definition is "made in imitation of something else, with the view to pass the false copy for genuine or original." (see What Does Satan Look Like? and Did God Create The Devil?)

In the case of counterfeit money, it may appear perfectly genuine - it could perhaps even deceive an expert who isn't paying close attention - but it's actually both worthless and illegal. In the end, it will only cause loss for the one who happened to get stuck with it. The same is true for anything, or anyone, that attempts to take the place of The Word of God in your Holy Bible.

God's Word can always be trusted, regardless of whatever sweet song someone may dream up to disagree with it. The Bible is the compass that keeps our faith off the rocks. Those who ignore that Truth may one day find themselves all alone in the cold, dark sea.

Fact Finder: How did Jesus Christ define "truth"?
John 17:17 (also see The Way)

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