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My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves. All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbor's work, will become a cause for pride. For all must carry their own loads.
Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher.
Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.
No Alternative Facts with God
A couple of weeks ago, a new term was introduced into our vocabulary, something called “alternative facts.” And from what I gather, it refers to a set of truths that are different from what is accepted as true. For example, if I’m looking at a red apple but you tell me it’s a green orange, you are offering an alternative fact. Of course, regardless of what you call it, I think most of us know it’s not a fact at all. As a matter of fact, I think most folks would probably see it as an attempt to deceive us, because if you accept some kind of variation of the truth, you’ll probably accept other things that may cause you damage in the long run.
But having said that, I think we also need to recognize that most of us are willing to offer our own alternative facts, especially when we’re in a jam. Like a kid who tells his teacher that the dog ate his homework or the employee who tries to excuse his lateness by saying the alarm didn’t go off, at some point in almost every life, people drop some alternative truth, and we do it, because it works enough to make it worthwhile.
But there’s one place where offering anything other than the absolute truth just doesn’t work at all, and right now, I’m talking about God. You see, God isn’t stupid. He’s smarter than us. And he can’t and won’t be deceived much less mocked. And in the end, we’re going to reap exactly what we sow, regardless of what we choose to call the seeds we’re planting or the amount of manure we dump on the garden. I guess you can say that, as it relates to God, there’s really no alternative facts.