A mechanic told me the air conditioner on the engine of my old RV was shot and would cost over $2000 to fix. After one summer trip across the Midwest, I was ready for a second opinion. I found a guy who was a certified instructor for truck mechanics. He fixed my a/c for $200 and it has been working fine ever since. It is tough to know who to trust when your truck breaks down. It boils down to who has the best information and training. And the stakes can be pretty high.
The stakes are much higher when your communication with God has broken down, when you need a “soul mechanic.” I did a quick Google search for “spiritual advisor near me.” I got 261,000 options, from psychics to witches, faith healers and such. With such a variety, how do you know who to trust? Here’s what you need to know: Basically, all “soul mechanics” can be sorted into two categories: those who base their teaching on human opinions and Jesus. Paul compares the two like this:
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)
But what makes Jesus’ teachings more trustworthy than all the others? It is the Source of His information. The good mechanic got his information directly from the actual manufacturers of the equipment, passing their tests, so he would be qualified to train other mechanics in a reliable way. That other guy was just guessing. What is the Source of Jesus’ information?
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,” (Colossians 2:9,)
Nobody else comes even close… Who will you trust?