Bad Seed

People’s propensity for anger when confronted with the truth is forever a wonder. One would expect to receive a gracious hearing when the truth is involved, after all, the truth sets us free (John 8:32). Too often, however, the truth engenders anger, hatred, and strife. Jesus understood this when He spoke the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:3ff).

It is noteworthy that, when the seed (that is, the word of God), fell on the various types of ground (types of heart), that there was no condemnation or commendation given to the seed (which is perfect, Psalm 18:30) or the sower (who is often imperfect, 2 Corinthians 4:7; James 3:1-2), but that the real issue in receiving and realizing truth is placed solely upon the type of soil onto which the seed falls (the heart of the potential child of God).

Now, if it is the case that God’s Word states something clearly and concisely (for instance, the subject of faith and baptism in Mark 16:16), and one chooses not to obey it, the problem is not in the Scripture or the preacher but in the individual who refuses to believe and obey God’s word.

Just imagine how powerfully unified Christianity would be if every practice, doctrine, and devotion were based entirely upon the Bible. Human traditions and divisive doctrines are just bad seed!

JDS