Educated In The Word 2 Peter 3:15-16 “And consider that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the scriptures” Now is the time which many college students look to with feelings of excitement, anxiety, and apprehension—finals week. This week, my fellow students and I will be tested to see what we have learned from our rigorous schooling over the past few months. Those who have studied consistently and demonstrate understanding of their material look on more confidently than those who have yet broken the binding on their textbooks. I am reminded during this time that the Bible is no different. My professor of anthropology has repeatedly demonstrated in class that he does not properly understand certain portions of Scripture through misquotes and incorrect references; and he is not the only one in my life that I have seen this happen to. A classmate of mine from earlier this year was talking with me, and I was discussing with her about Easter and some of it’s history. I was surprised when she told me—in a very certain manner—that eggs were painted as a tradition referencing king David saying “Christ can no more rise from the dead, than this egg not be white;” it took several minutes of discussion before I was able to show her why that quote wasn’t accurate. I memorized 2 Peter 3:16-17 accidentally, but I quickly came to value it as it taught me that people will misquote the bible accidentally and intentionally—and both are dangerous. For instance, a common verse that is quoted is “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread,” it’s a verse that can carry significant meaning and demonstrates the recklessness of man—there’s just one problem, there’s no such verse. I was shocked when I hunted for this verse in my Bible years ago, only to find it wasn’t there. A common joke theme that I hear is how Christians, by default, are ignorant and uneducated—for rather a long time, I’ve felt that it is our obligation is to be the reverse. A way I’ve explained it to some of my non-Christian friends is like this: if doctors, lawyers, and soldiers are all required to stay constantly trained and educated, shouldn’t some one who’s supposed to be an ambassador for God do so too? I am fortunate right now, I know the material I’ll be tested on; I’ve been given tips and instruction that focus on the topics I need; I know when my tests are coming; and I’ve set time aside to specifically train for those days. As Christians in day-to-day life, we also should be confident in such certainties and should educate and train ourselves in the same way. Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.