First Steps: Step One — Is the Word True?

By Danni Moss
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This is the second part of a multi-part series entitled How Can I Trust God After Marriage to a “Christian” Abuser?

Before you can even make the first step toward discovering whether you can trust God after being wounded in a “Christian” abusive marriage, you have to go all the way back to the most basic basics. Failure to go all the way back to the foundation and ensure it is secure, will ultimately make everything else you attempt to build on it unstable.

Right now, if you’re even asking the question, “how can I trust God…” the structure of your relationship with God has taken a profoundly deep hit. Just as if you had a physical building which had experienced a literal earthquake, you need to check your foundation and then evaluate everything outward from there.

So the first thing you have to determine for yourself is whether you believe the Word is true. And both this question and the answer to it are based on the bigger question – is God Who He says He is? The answer to that question, answers the other question. But both are important.

You may or may not have thought to actually verbalize the question of whether God is real or whether He is Who He says He is. But this is at the core of whether you can trust Him. If He is not Who He says He is, you cannot trust Him. If He is Who He says He is, you can trust Him because He says He is trustworthy. Whether you choose to trust Him is your personal choice, but whether or not He is trustworthy depends on His nature and character.

Psalms 62:8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Psalms 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalms 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

Isaiah 26:4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

Either God is Who He says He is, or He is a liar. That’s all there is to it. What good is a god who says he is one thing when he really is not? The Bible makes a lot of claims about Who God is. But just this one is enough.

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?

35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?

36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Is is true? Either it is all true or none of it is true because if any part is not true, God is a liar. So either all things have their being and existence through Him, or God is a liar. At the same time, this passage is a good example of how an inaccurate understanding of what the Word actually says can make it seem like the Word is not true.

People can make a couple erroneous assumptions about God based on this passage. First, people can assume it means God either causes or actively allows all the evil things that happen in the world, along with all the good. People can also assume this statement about God is not true since man has created many things that God did not create.

However, a deeper look answers both concerns. This passage does not either state or imply God causes all the things created beings choose to do, or even all the natural tragedies that occur in a physical world scarred by the effects of fallen man — and we have to be certain not to confuse this point.

In Genesis 1:26-28 God very clearly gave mankind dominion and authority over the earth. He also created man with a freewill — which wouldn’t be free if He chose to supercede it, even though He is able to do so. And in Genesis 3, man used his freewill to surrender his dominion over the earth to Satan. This set in motion all the evil that exists in the earth, even including natural disasters, birth defects, and other things we typically consider “acts of God.” God doesn’t do these things. They are all the result of man’s choice to deviate from God’s perfect order in the beginning.

The other potential misunderstanding is regarding whether or not man has created things not created by God. Man has created the automobile, lightbulbs, in vitro fertilization and test-tube babies, animal cloning, etc. But in every single case, man has used what was created by God as his starting point. Man has created absolutely nothing from nothing at all. Everything man has made has come from what God has made. So everything that exists has its origin in God’s creation.

In this statement in Romans 11, the Word is declaring as fact that everything that exists has it’s origin in the creation by God, through the reality of Who He is, and it will ultimately all be for His glory. Eventually, even the worst of the worst evil doers will submit to Him and give Him glory. Ultimately, every horrible calamity will have a way to reflect God’s glory by how He can turn it — whether or not we ever understand or see it personally. But that does not mean God causes evil doers to do evil, or initiates or approves of calamitous circumstances.

The flip side of this is that the Word is full of affirmations that God’s thoughts and plans for His people are good ones and that He protects, defends, provides for, and blesses His children. These statements must be equally true. One does not negate the other – or God is a liar. So, even if we cannot understand it, and our reality appears to belie these statements, if we decide to believe God’s Word is true, we can have confidence that somehow these are true words and somehow we can experience that as reality in our lives. Any place our reality isn’t matching up to the Word, it is our reality that is faulty, not the Word.

Psalms 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began…

The Word says it is all true. It says God cannot lie. So if it is not all true then God is a liar, and it is all a lie.

How big is God, really? If He is big enough to be God, He is bigger than we can understand and He is bigger than we need Him to be. He is big enough to mean exactly what He said when the Word says:

2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

All things does not leave any room for anything that His divine power has not provided for us. Nothing.

You must carefully and thoroughly consider this question of whether God is Who He says He is and whether (as a result) the Word is true before you can get to a single answer in your life. He says His divine power has provided all things pertaining to life – but if you do not believe the Word is absolutely true and God is Who He says He is then you cannot believe His divine power has provided all things you need.

However, the opposite is equally true. If you do believe that God is Who He says He is, then you must accept that His divine power does make available to you everything you need for life. The question from that point is only – how do you access that provision with confidence. And the answer to that question is right there in that verse:

…through the knowledge of Him…

So that leads us to the question, “How can I know the truth about God, that provides me with all things I need pertaining to life?”

And that is the subject for the next part of this study.

When it comes right down to it, there is no way to tangibly prove whether the Word is true or whether God is Who He says He is. You will have to make a choice of faith. But faith is not just belief. Faith is an action word. Faith is not faith unless it is accompanied by action based on the belief. Faith steps out to the next steps, even without proof before hand. As you walk into the subsequent steps, God will prove Himself. But you won’t get that proof unless and until you take the steps of faith first.

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The Hidden Lock in the Door to Life’s Answers

If you are reading this, there is some reason you are here. It might just be curiosity, because you found this site accidentally or a friend sent you a link. You may even be antagonistic.

But I hope it is because you are seeking answers to questions in your life.

However, there is a hidden lock in the door to the answers. Many people do not ever find the answers they seek because they stumble over this one point.

We humans are constantly seeking knowledge. We want to figure it out; we want to know – whatever “it” is. Satan surely knew just how to tempt Eve!

Think about how Satan appealed to Eve. He said (the Danni paraphrase here), “Hey, Eve, did God really tell you guys you couldn’t eat the fruit from that tree over there? Are you sure? Well, that’s strange. Because that tree is a great one. I know you want to be like God, right? I mean who wouldn’t! And if you eat that fruit you will be like God. You’ll know what is good and evil like He does, so you won’t even have to ask Him – you’ll know! That way you’ll know just how to please Him. Wouldn’t that be great?!”

What Eve didn’t know, because Satan was deceiving her, and what Satan really meant, was that if Adam and Eve ate from that tree they would commit the same sin he had committed.

Lucifer said, “I will be like God.” This sin of self-idolatry is what got Lucifer kicked out of heaven. After eating the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, Adam and Eve would believe they had the knowledge to determine for themselves what was good and evil – like God; God’s knowledge.

Knowledge gives us information. But in our humanness, and in our heredity as children of Adam, we can also end up using it to “define” God, and to determine for ourselves what we believe is good and evil – thinking we are in agreement with God.

In our quest to figure it all out, we mistakenly think we can figure God out – or at least mostly. In the process, we try to fit Him into “boxes” of our human-sized understanding. The mind of man is incapable of comprehending God. And still we think we can do it.

This inherently limits what God can do in our lives because we have just told Him – “these are Your boundaries!” And God is a gentleman – He won’t force Himself past our boundaries.

The secret key to opening the door to answers is being willing to let God overthrow any of our belief paradigms. Is God big enough to be trusted with our very favorite, strongest theology? If He wants to throw that one out and show us it is completely bogus will we let Him? If He wants to reveal some catastrophically nasty truth about our own heart, would we be willing to hear it?

This actually sounds easier than it is. I have known comparatively few people who were willing to accept this challenge. I’ve seen many people turn and walk away from it because the risk was too great. They were so certain that their knowledge was right, their theology was unassailable, their pet “whatever” was correct – they were unwilling to even let God open the door to inspect the merchandise.

The truth is, if we hold any of our paradigms out of God’s reach – those paradigms are idolatrous to us. Even if they were true and right – they are no longer righteous if they have taken first place over God Himself!

God can be trusted. If our theology is correct – He will confirm and affirm that. It will not change and will only be strengthened. But if our beliefs are wrong – why do we want to cling to a rotting corpse?

So the challenge is this – are you willing to let God open the door to the answers? Can God topple any belief system, theology, or favorite love of knowledge you have in order to teach you the truth that will set you free?

If you are human, one thing is certain; you have beliefs that are in error. We all do because the mind of man cannot comprehend the mind of God. So this is a work that is never done. The day we stop letting God turn our beliefs upside down is the day we stop growing and become stunted. The Word says we will know perfectly when we are perfected in heaven. We’re not there yet, so our knowledge will always be imperfect until then.

But it can be a scary thing to dare to lay it all on the line – especially if you hold any “position” in the church or have years of Christianity under your belt (and perhaps don’t realize you have some pride in your maturity). Because God can and will do some serious tumbling.

The fruit of this divine upset is incredibly powerful, however. With every overthrow, God brings the fruit of healing to, and release of power in, some area.

So, that is the price and the reward. How much do you want to find God’s healing for, and power in, your life?