There was a time when I read through the book of Matthew and noticed how Christ defeated Satan: “It is also written.” We must take these four English words to heart! Why is this? Proverbs 18:17 counsels us, “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examine him.” (ESV). This is one of the ways for us Christians to be wise as serpents in the realm of truth (Matthew 10:16). People tend to present only one side, and this is why it’s beyond foolish to draw a conclusion (notice I didn’t say listen) based on what the mainstream media is telling us, considering the fact that they’re censoring all the other voices.
Honest discussion, honest truth seeking requires that both sides be presented faithfully and honestly and leave it to the seeker to decide. Very often we have to do the hard work of seeking for the other side ourselves because the MSM is not doing its job, and our opponent(s) in a theological debate didn’t consider the passage(s) that contradicts his view. And seek we must because “the simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps.” (Proverbs 14:15).
God very often speaks in ways that seem to be difficult or contradictory. This is to get our attention, and to draw us in. To make us ponder and to think deeply about His truth. It is in the process of considering both sides that the Lord gives us understanding (cf. 2 Timothy 2:7). The unfaithful will either walk away (cf. John 6:65-66) or twist the Scriptures to their own destruction (2 Peter 3:15-16).
Don’t be duped by the god of this world, and his servants of righteousness, nor the MSM. It is also written!