What are You Looking For?
In religion a person can find just about what he's looking for. If he has a love for the truth and earnestly searches for it, he can find it. On the other hand, if he is looking for a proof-text to uphold his theory, he can, he can find that too; at least to the satisfaction of his own mind. Jesus said, "Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled" (Matt. 5:6). But all do not have this love for the truth: "And for this cause God sendeth them a working of error, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be judged who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (2 Thess. 2:8-12). For the word "judged" the K. J. V. has the word "damned."
The Lord finds no pleasure in casting into hell those who have love for truth. But He promises no mercy to those who show no mercy (Jas. 2:13), nor will His great benevolent love save unconditionally those who are in rebellion against His will. Man cannot love God without loving and respecting His truth, for it is only through His revealed truth that we know of His love for us. Jesus said, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (Jno. 8:32). Again, "Sanctify them in the truth: thy word is truth" (Jno. 17:17).
Since all religious truth is found in God's word, the Bible, the important question is whether we are willing to abide by what it teaches or whether we are looking for something else. So, again, what are you looking for? Be assured, my friend, that whatever it is, the Lord will see to it that you find it, whether it be the truth or a lie.
TRUTH MAGAZINE XIII: 11, p. 4