Deuteronomy 18:22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
How do you know if something is genuine or not? In the Art World there are experts who have studied original paintings and know them. If presented with a fake, they can often spot it simply by careful inspection of the brush strokes and density of the paint used. They can do so because they have studied the originals and know the difference. Bank tellers use to have to count real money over, and over, and over again before stepping behind a teller booth. The purpose was for them to get the feel of real money so when a fake bill touched their fingers, it immediately set off something in their mind to look closer at that bill. They have that ability because they had handled the real thing so much, a phony immediately didn’t feel right.
God tells the people of Israel to be aware of false prophets coming their way. The penalty for lying and saying God said something that He had not was sever. They were to be put to death. There was no bible for people to reference at the time. Instead there was a test given to find out if someone was genuinely sent from God or a phony. If what they said didn’t happen, God didn’t say it. God never lies. The apostle who began the New Testament Church were given signs and wonders for the same purpose. Proving they were sent from God. Today we have the Bible. It’s our test of authenticity. If what someone says isn’t verified by God’s word, well, they flunk. Don’t follow them.
There are still many false prophets today. The problem is not that we have no test for authenticity. We have the Bible. The problem is, we have not handled it enough to recognize a phony when they speak.
Do read your bible enough
to know if someone is a fake?
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