Who’s Your Source

Researching a quotation can be fun, but it’s not always easy and many times may require some serious digging. ~Sharon Rickson, New York Public Library

Fake news. It’s all over the headlines. Kind of ironic, don’t you think?

You go to the news to find out whether the news is really “news.”

English teachers and Media Resource Center directors stress to their students to check the facts. Don’t use the first website that pops up on Google. Make sure your source is reputable.

Paul had a reputable source. His teacher was Gamaliel.

Gamaliel came from a line of Torah scholars, namely his famous grandfather, Hillel. Gamaliel lived in the first century AD and held a position of authority and leadership in the Sandhedrin- the ruling council. To study under him was to attend Harvard or Oxford.

But Gamaliel- and Paul -had something wrong.

Gamaliel didn’t believe Jesus was the Son of God.

Paul went back to the original source, the Word of God, the Torah, the ancient texts of his heritage and his people. And when he did, he discovered that Gamaliel had a few things turned upside-down.

Do you have a teacher or preacher who has gained your respect?

Great.

But don’t forget that he or she is still only human.

Across time there have been popular Christian teachings about vegetarianism, divorce, incest, Christmas, and self-flagellation. Today’s teachings on wealth and God’s blessings deserve some careful investigation.

Whatever it is that you have questions about, talking and listening to others is a great idea. Reading and studying about the topic is wise.

But the best way to know what God really desires is to go back to the source.

Remind them of these things and warn them in the sight of God not to engage in battles over words that aren’t helpful and only destroy those who hear them. Make an effort to present yourself to God as a tried-and-true worker, who doesn’t need to be ashamed but is one who interprets the message of truth correctly. 2 Timothy 2:14-15 CEB

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