My fellow students and I learned the multiplication tables back in the fourth grade. When different answers arose as we studied the same math problem, the teacher did not say, “You all understand — you just understand in different ways.” Why not? Because some of the children obviously did not comprehend the truth — they misunderstood. Our answers were not unified. Four times four (4 x 4) could not equal 16 AND 18. Any answer other than 16 was not acceptable because it was not correct.
Likewise, when we encounter differences in religious teaching today, it is not that we all understand God’s Word, only in different ways. Rather, people have either chosen to disregard what the Bible says, or they have misunderstood what it teaches. When one person says a verse means one thing, and another says it means something else entirely, both cannot be right.
In Ephesians 5:17 the Bible says, “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Can four times four equal 16 and 18? Think about it.

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