Hearing aids are valuable instruments when they operate properly. They can help a person detect sounds that he would not be able to detect unaided. They can help a person interpret and understand speech which he would not be able to understand unaided. They can give a person needed confidence to operate in a social setting; confidence he would not possess unaided. Hearing aids are valuable instruments when they operate properly.
But when these tools do not operate properly, they become a hinderance. The inserts act as earplugs, muffling sounds to the point that one can hear more clearly without the aids than he can with them. The digital interpreters emit static and distort any intended communication. One’s confidence to operate within social settings weakens because he doesn’t know for sure whether to wear the aids, or to go back to his unaided hearing.
Hearing aids are valuable instruments when they work properly, but when they don’t, they become more of a hindrance than a help.
Preachers and Bible teachers are valuable instruments when they operate properly. They can help a person detect important words and phrases which one might not detect unaided. They can help a person understand and interpret commands and teachings which one might not be able to understand unaided. They can help a person build his faith upon truth and properly utilize it as he navigates his way through life. Preachers and Bible teachers are valuable instruments when they operate properly.
But when these tools do not operate properly, they become a hinderance. Their teachings can act as stumbling blocks, concealing truths that one might clearly see were the word of the preacher or teacher not hiding them. Flawed preachers and teachers can emit static and distort the intended message of God to the point that a person misses plain truths which he would have no trouble understanding through an unaided reading of the scriptures. One’s faith can become weak and unstable when it is built upon a flawed theology which has been emitted from a pulpit or lectern.
Preachers and teachers of the scriptures can be valuable, irreplaceable instruments when they operate properly, but when they do not, they become a hindrance to the masses who are trying to find their way home to God.
“Then I said: “Ah, Lord God, behold the prophets say to them, ‘You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place.’ And the Lord said to me, ‘The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them to speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds.’” (Jeremiah 14:13-14) ESV
“They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 6:14) ESV
“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” (2 Timothy 4:2-4) ESV
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