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Happy Landings

A question:

If you were going to make a journey, would you want to fly on an airliner in which the pilots, although greatly desiring to fly aircraft with many people aboard, haven't yet actually completed, or even begun, the necessary training to fly an airplane? They may look very impressive in their assumed pilot uniforms, and know enough to start the engines and hurtle the loaded airliner down the runway at 200 miles per hour, with you on it, but would you, along with your loved ones, really want to be on that airliner? At the end of that sort of "flight," would you be collecting your bags, or would others be collecting your remains and putting them into a bag?

Takeoff It's much better to fly safely, in an airliner in which the pilots have the necessary training and experience, isn't it? It's "far" better to have a happy landing.

Another question:

If you want to begin your Christian journey to salvation, would you want to have teachers, who zealously profess to be Christian, but have never yet actually read the Word of God? They may greatly desire to be teachers, but if they haven't even read what Jesus Christ said, from the beginning of the Bible to the end (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM' and The Apocalypse Of Jesus Christ), how would they know what to teach? If they lack the knowledge and understanding of the real-life Word of God, what would they actually be teaching in place of the Truth? Where do you think that those guideless guides will get you?

It's much better to have Christian teachers who have the necessary training and experience, who actually know and teach what the Word of God truly says, isn't it?

"Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself?"

Many people want to become Christian teachers - and that's a good thing. We are to "let our light shine" (see Advancing Into The Darkness), by means of the Truth that we have received from God's Word, which grows with each successive reading because understanding makes more understanding possible (see also Holy Bible Reading Plan With Study Notes). But before anyone can teach the Truth, they must learn the Truth, through reading and dedicated study of the Word of God, while actually living by it. No one can share Truth that they don't yet have; without genuine knowledge, "make believe" teachers can only inflict error and Scriptural perversion to fill the void in their "teachings."

The apostle Paul emphatically insisted that one must learn and grow in the knowledge (see Growing In The Grace And Knowledge) before one can truly teach.

"5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." (Hebrews 5:12-14 KJV)

Teachers of The Truth must first be taught the Truth. Anyone who hasn't yet read, and come to live by, the entire Word of God is not a teacher of Truth.

The Holy Scriptures

"2:21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? 2:22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? 2:23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?" (Romans 2:21-23 KJV)

Those who do not teach what is actually written in God's Word are merely spewing "vain jangling" based on self-righteous pride that produces strife (see Striving For Strife).

"1:6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; 1:7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm." (1 Timothy 1:6-7 KJV)

"6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself." (1 Timothy 6:3-5 KJV)

When one's time comes to study, the Guiding Light of the Holy Spirit must also have been turned on, for those who teach God's Truth teach "not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God."

"2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which The Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual [see The Spirit Of Knowledge].

2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." (1 Corinthians 2:12-14 KJV)

The Messiah Himself warned what happens when people fail to learn, either because they never started, or never finished, or ignored it after they did:

"15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me [see Is Your Religion Your Religion? and What's Your Angle?]. 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." (Matthew 15:8-9 KJV)

The end time will be "riddled" with false teachers (see also How Long Will 'The End Time' Last? and Instructions To The End-Time Church), teaching "after their own lusts," by which "shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you" if you let them by boarding their journey to nowhere.

"4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." (2 Timothy 4:1-4 KJV)

"2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not." (2 Peter 2:1-3 KJV)

Fact Finder: Jesus Christ was "the good shepherd" because He was a Teacher of Truth i.e. "6:34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things." (Mark 6:34 KJV). Did even the Son of God learn before He began to teach?
See The By-The-Book Messiah

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