2 Peter 2
As I was getting ready to write this post, my family was watching Dateline on NBC where they were exposing internet scams artists who had stolen $200,000 from a woman. It was amazing to see how far they were willing to go to continue collecting money from her and the convincing lies they told her. They produced false documents that looked official to show her that their story was real. There are those who prey on people using religion to convince them that their way is best. This next chapter in 2 Peter gives a description of what these people are like and how they try to deceive. Please read through the entire chapter of 2 Peter 2 so you can get a big picture of what Peter is saying to us.
The first question that I want to ask is what does this section of scripture tell us about God? Verses 3 through 10 tell us that God does not tolerate wickedness - even from the angels who have sinned. God will bring destruction on those who sin against him and lead others astray. But, we also see that God will also rescue godly people from their trials.
The next question I want to ask is who is Peter warning us about? We see that Peter is warning us about false teachers and false prophets. We are told that they will deny the truth of God and will make up lies just to get your money. We are told that they are arrogant. We have seen modern day examples of those who will use religion to cheat and steal from others and lead them away from God. Maybe they preach what sounds like truth because they mix a bit of truth with their lies; however, God's teaching is all truth and their path is dangerous. Remember Peter made a point in chapter one to tell us of his credibility in what he preached and wrote about.
The last question I will as today is what does this mean for us? Peter writes how convincing their lies and deceptions are, and that means all the more the importance that we are grounded in the truth. It is important that we can weigh out what we hear from others and see if it balances with what we read in the Bible. If they do not match, stay away. That path will only lead to destruction and 2 Peter 2 describes a terrible end to the path of destruction.
Are you spending quality time in God's Word so you can be trained to recognize truth?