I guess that’s the best life advice I could give: be a Berean (Acts 17:11). Test everything you hear to see if it lines up with Scriptures. It’s something I still remind myself. Don’t be misled. If it doesn’t line up with Scripture (used in the proper context–careful of that too), then discard it as unbiblical. And if it’s unbiblical, you don’t want anything to do with it. Always go back to the Bible.
Gosh, I could’ve gone off the rails so many times in my young adult life (and I’ve got a long ways to go, so prayerfully I stay close to God for the rest of my life). Professors spout garbage. There are churches and church leaders out there who look and act more like the world than they do like Christ. “Christian” books can have untruths in them. “Friends” can lead you away from God. Dating relationships can lead you away from God. It’s a minefield out there.
Life is complex. It’s confusing, fraught with the world’s way of doing things, and you can easily get sucked away from God. Give yourself a firm foundation. “The Truth Project” (by “Focus on the Family”) is a great tool. It gives you a godly and Biblical outlook on life. Take classes that teach you about Creation and why we as Christians believe it (“Institute for Creation Research” is a great tool). Know your faith, and why you believe what you do. The movie “God’s Not Dead” is a great tool as well.
Be around people who are strong Christians and live by Biblical theology. Surround yourself with people who are good, godly influences, and remember that bad company corrupts good character–no matter how strong of a person or a Christian you are. Be wise in who you choose as friends. Be extra, extra wise in who you choose to date. They will have a huge influence on your life.
We are sheep, and there a lot of “wolves in sheep’s clothing” out there (Matthew 10:16). “Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Be innocent, but be shrewd. Don’t be naive. Know that this world is a messed up place. There is an enemy out there, and his goal is to steal, kill, and destroy. But also remember that our God is all-powerful, and you are His kid, and nothing can ever separate you from His love. He loves you, and He’s watching out for you.
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