It’s Easy for People to Believe That God Does Not Mean What He Says
They have the encouragement of their own preferences. To think that God does not mean what He says frees them to do as they wish. They can do as they please and still think that they are in a good relationship with God. People simply prefer to deceive themselves and believe that all God really wants from them is to get “somewhere close” to what He has said.
They have the encouragement of almost everyone else. It’s very difficult to believe that so many people could be wrong. Also, it’s so much more comfortable to conform to the majority opinion. They fail to see that majorities are formed around an idea, not because it is the truth, but because that is what most people want.
Biblical “Confirmation Bias”
Thus, people fail to see that God means what He says because they read into the Bible what they would like it to say rather than seeing it for what it really says. They engage in selective reading and interpretation of the Bible and see only what they want to see. Thus, they create a situation in which, for them, God means, not what He says, but what they think He means or what they would like Him to mean.
Of course, the problem with all of this is that an impartial and full reading of the Bible plainly shows that God has always meant what He said and not what people preferred that He meant. God does not speak for no purpose or make idle threats! People do not come to know the truth by believing what they prefer to believe but by loving and preferring truth above all else (John 7:17); otherwise, they will be lost (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10).
God Has Always Kept His Word
God promised to bring the Israelites into a land flowing with milk and honey and thus He did as He had promised (Joshua 21:43-45). God promised to establish King David’s throne forever (2 Samuel 7:12-16), and this promise was fulfilled in Christ (Luke 1:32; Acts 2:30-31). God cannot lie (Titus 1:1-2).
God Expects Man to Do Exactly as He Says…
…regardless of the appeal to do otherwise (Genesis 3:6; 1 Corinthians 10:13).
…regardless of good intentions in doing the opposite (1 Samuel 15:13,14,22,23).
…regardless of how insignificant and minute the details may seem to be (Numbers 20:8-12; Leviticus 10:1-3).
…regardless of how ridiculous it may seem to man (2 Kings 5:10-14).
…regardless of popular opinion to the contrary (2 Chronicles 18:5,16).
…regardless of who tells you to do otherwise (1 Kings 13:14-19,23-26).
God’s final promise
We have emphasized two basic principles in this article: God always keeps His promises to man, and under no condition is man to do other than what God says. God has made a final promise to mankind: the second coming of His Son. To some it will be a day of rejoicing; to others, a day of immense sadness. What will that day be to you? Have you truly obeyed God and done exactly as He has said?