The Truth Will Set You Free
John 8:31-34 (ESV)
31 "So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in
my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth,
and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are
offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it
that you say, ‘You will become free’?” 34 Jesus answered them,
“Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to
In the above verses ,Jesus was chiefly speaking to set them free from sin and death (Verse 34) and as well as the many burdens loaded on the people by their teachers -that is man made rules, and unreasonable requirements.( Luke 11:46
Today it is no different, millions of people are overcome by fears of superstitions , like Necrophobia, which is the irrational fear of funerals, tombstones or fear that the spirits of the dead will return to haunt them.Others have "death anxiety" caused by the thought of death or that they will cease to exist, many seek help from mediums or spiritual mentors, paying large sums of money to free them from such fears.
Freedom from superstition.
God's people the Israelites became superstitious and even went to the point of worshiping- Fortune- "the god of Good Luck." and the god of Destiny," How did God react: "but you did what was evil in my eyes."(Isaiah 65:11-12)
Today many people believe that certain objects ,or numbers will bring them bad luck. Others seek answers from horoscopes, palmistry, or others seeking a good omen before doing something. God said: " who ever does these things is detestable to me. Isaiah wrote:
Isaiah 65:11-12 (ESV)
11 "But you who forsake the Lord, who forget my holy mountain who set a table for Fortune and fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny, 12 I will destine you to the sword, and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter, because, when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not listen, but you did what was evil in my eyes and chose what I did not delight in.”
Deuteronomy 18:11-12 (NASB)
11 "Or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who
calls up the dead. 12 For whoever does these things is detestable to
the Lord; and because of these detestable things the Lord your God
will drive them out before you."
The Bible says : Resist wicked spirits-Stop seeking their advise-Study the Bible, wisdom comes from God. Proverbs 2:6
Jesus referred to the Devil as the "father of lies", (John 8:44) so seeking advise from spirit mediums and the likes is destructive .Paul wrote:
Ephesians 6:11 Amplified Bible (AMP)
11 "Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil."
Freedom from fear of the dead.
Many people believe that the spirits of their dead ancestors will come back and haunt them, and so to appease them, make various sacrifices to please them, so they will not do them any harm. Therefore , the question that arises is ,
Where are the dead ?Jesus said of his friend Lazarus:
“Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken
him out of sleep.” 12 The disciples then said to Him, “Lord, if he has
fallen asleep, he will recover.” 13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death,
but they thought that He was speaking of literal sleep. 14 So Jesus
then said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead." (John 11:11-14 NASB)
"Lazarus is dead." Jesus compared death to deep sleep, the dead cease to exist,and so are conscious of nothing and cannot cause any harm or do any good to any one nor can anyone help the. Notice that Jesus did not say that Lazarus is in paradise or being tormented in hell.
And when God confronted Adam with his disobedience, God said to him: " By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.”(Gen. 3:19 NASB) Adam ceased to exist he was neither in heaven or in hell, he simply returned to dust.
Some people claim to have seen lights and tunnels, but did they actually come back from the dead? Or is it that they went so close to death that it is beyond the ability of science to measure their vital signs? " The dead are dead when they do not come back to life. The Bible on this says : "For the living know they will die; but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten."(Eccl. 9:5 NASB)
God is love (1 John 4:8) and it is unthinkable of him to punish people for ever, this is what the Bible teaches about the dead . It is also comforting also know that the dead are not able to do anyone harm or that there is any reason to be afraid of them.
Freedom from excessive fear of death.
Most people fear death and try not to think about it, but life threatening situations, like a serious illness,or death of a friend, bring us face to face with the realities of death. Paul wrote that death is an enemy 1 Corinthians 15:26 and so it is natural to fear death, however we need not have undue fear of death, for God purposes that most people that died will be resurrected. Jesus promised:
John 5:28-29 (NASB)
28" Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are
in the tombs will hear His voice,[Christ's] 29 and will come forth;
those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who
committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment."(Also Acts
Daniel 12:13 (CEV)
13 "So, Daniel, be faithful until the end! You will rest, and at the
end of time, you will rise from death to receive your reward."
The promise of resurrection must of comforted Daniel to face death with courage and dignity.
The key to making correct decisions "that will set you free" are those that are based on God's Word the Bible,knowing the truth will set you free, from fear of the dead,fear of death, excessive fear of many things, superstitions and heresies ." For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding."(Proverbs 2:6 NASB)