In My Own Image, Daily Reform, Day 26

Galatians 1:6-9 & Philippians 1:9-11

From the Reformer

Again the Apostle puts in a gentle word. He does not berate the Galatians, “I marvel that ye are so unsteady, unfaithful.” He says, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed.” He does not address them as evildoers. He speaks to them as people who have suffered great loss. He condemns those who removed them rather than the Galatians. At the same time he gently reproves them for permitting themselves to be removed. The criticism is implied that they should have been a little more settled in their beliefs. If they had taken better hold of the Word they could not have been removed so easily.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

I don’t know what the Bible says but I know what I believe. Sadly, this may be the state of many who say that they “believe in God.” They believe in their idea of god. They believe in who they want god to be. Ultimately, this means they believe in themselves. If god is their own conception, they have become their own god — a mosaic of myths, notions, and wishes.

Before Bibles were printed and therefore common, the Church devised manuals and creeds so that her members would know what to believe. In 75% of the world today there is no excuse to not know the Holy Word of God. Make time to read it and know it so that you will not be easily removed from the true Faith.

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