Monday, 13 February 2017
A True Prophet.
Jesus said, "'Then if anyone says to you, "Look! Here is the Messiah! or "There he is!" do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and produce great signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.'" Matthew 24: 23,24 (NRSV)
How can we recognize a true prophet?
One who is close to God has an open, loving heart; personal integrity; and humble, simple ways.
He/She has a peace that is palpable.
His/Her life is characterized by joy, non-violence, and gentleness.
Egotistical, self-obsessed, social-climbing celebrities are best avoided.
It is unlikely they are close to God.
[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.]
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