I found the CDC website and started crunching numbers—37.4% of COVID deaths in the US are age 65-74. Using the same set of statistics, I calculated differently—99.92% of US population age 65-74 have not died from COVID. Same pandemic, different perspectives.
So where’s the truth? When I use only parts of a whole, I make conclusions that are less than comprehensive.
Not grasping our spiritual relationship with God occurs when we pick and choose in Scripture. Human nature quickly exchanges spiritual truth for the not so true. It is what we do! Referenced in Romans, “…they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator (1:25),” it is natural to exchange God’s truth for our own spiritual understanding—God loves everyone (true), so be what you want to be (not so true).
The good news is that the truth about my relationship with God is not dependent upon me. Scripture interprets Scripture and spiritual truth becomes comprehensively revealed through God’s message to us in the Bible.
Jesus’ words, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6)”. And again, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
The gift of Jesus as my Savior is the truth expressed in God’s story of salvation in the Bible. God gives that gift to all. Not all believe. Some choose to exchange truth for their own ideas of truth. That serves the creature rather than the Creator.
I rejoice in the reality through Jesus expressed through the words of Scripture. I am thankful that God has called me into His story of salvation through Jesus. That is a truth to which to point and share.
God’s Word reveals truth. It is what the Word does!