And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 1 Corinthians 15:49

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Brian And Peri Zhand Israel Tour 2022

Cindi and I took two weeks off of work at the end of March to go on a guided trip to Israel. We flew on EL AL from Newark N.J. for over 10 hours to Tel Aviv Israel. We stayed the night in a hotel in Tel Aviv, and then started our tour taking us up to Tiberius, off of the Sea of Galilee for 3 nights. We then went to Bethlehem for 2 nights and the final 3 nights in Jerusalem. All of the while travelling by bus to many different biblical sites!

 We had never talked about it before this past year, and I never seriously considered making such a trip before. It just so happened that as I expressed in earlier posts to this blog, having spent so much time listening to all of the available podcasts from Brian Zhand, pastor of Word of Life Church , and also the teachings from the BEMA discipleship podcasts, it has sparked an interest in going on a tour to see the land of the Bible.

It mostly originated with hearing Brian talk about his previous tours, (some 26 or more times) and some of the sites that they visit. One site in particular is called "Tel Megiddo". It is called that because there are 26 generations of cities built on top of each other dating back thousands of years, and each layer is called a "Tell, or Tel" or generational levels from which archaeologists are able to discover the artifacts from these previous cities. 

It has become famous among most modern bible teachers as the future site of a so called "Battle of Armageddon" in which according to those who do not properly interpret Scripture will tell of a battle in which Jesus will wipe out an army of 200 million people with a sword coming out of His mouth while riding a white horse! Much of this nonsense has been promoted by the "Left Behind" series because of a literal interpretation of the book of Revelation. Such an interpretation ignores the whole nature and character and purpose of the life and ministry of Jesus!! And it presents God as wrathful and vengeful on a creation of His own making, and to which John tells us instead that God SO LOVED the world! God is LOVE and is demonstrated in the life of Jesus! And while I was originally taught that same vengeful story-line decades ago, I have long since rejected such nonsense, and found that Brian Zhand speaks of a Jesus who would rather die for His enemies than to kill them...such preaching resonated with my own beliefs, that I told Cindi... this is the person I want to visit Israel with! And with that, plans were made to go on this trip.

We were certainly NOT disappointed. When Brian and Peri announced the tour, it was full within 24 hours. So they graciously agreed to open up a 2nd back to back tour, which we booked. Sure there were many more sites to see, and you can't see them all in one trip, but I was so impressed by the schedule of what we did see and do, that it more than exceeded our wildest expectations! I don't feel like we missed out on anything! I even got to float on the Dead Sea!! But I wan not one of the more hearty souls who braved the cold and were baptized in the Jordan River. Brrr.

One of the highlights of the trip, after we had visited Mt. Carmel, and Mt. Arbel, after we went for a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, and went to the Mt of the Beatitudes, and after we visited the ruins of Ceaserea, and Magdala, (the home of Mary of Magdalene), after we visited many churches, and visited Qumran, and was on the Mt. of Olives, and walked down the path of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, and visited the Garden of Gethsemane, and walked the Via Dolorosa, and visited the Garden Tomb, along with many more sites in-between, the last item on the tour was, we went to Hell and back!

Did you want to re read that last sentence? Does it sound like I am being facetious? Well, provocative maybe, but I am serious. One of the other reasons for our going on this trip was Brian's descriptions of going to this literal place of Hell, which was antithetical to at least what most of the churches teach as hell.

 "Gehenna" or the valley of Hinnom, used to be a place of child sacrifice to the god of Molech, This valley afterwards became the common receptacle for all the refuse of the city. Here the dead bodies of animals and of criminals, and all kinds of filth, were cast and consumed by fire kept always burning. Jesus was warning Jerusalem, that unless they repented, their city would be destroyed and become a pile of refuse like this Gehenna dump "where the fire is not quenched and the worm does not die!" It was not meant by any means to indicate a literal fiery place of eternal torment for all those who did not trust in Jesus for their salvation which has been the threat of the vast majority of church teaching for centuries. Such teaching has defamed the very nature and character of God and has kept more people from believing in the immutable love of God than has ever drawn them to Him. 

This is a picture of (left to right) Cindi, Peri Zhand, myself, and Brian Zhand in Hell. Or at least what used to be Gehenna, or the Valley of Hinnom, or the city dump for Jerusalem. 
Notice the sign in the right side background... No fires allowed! So much for the fiery torment that is threatened, and the place of the so called "last day bar-b-que!
As Brian has mentioned, even hell has been redeemed, and is now a park and a place to visit and have a picnic!

This is one of some 1600 pictures and videos, and I am in the process of sorting out some of the best to put together a type of video-photo journal of the experience. And when I finish doing that, I will be sure to post links to it in a future post where I will write again of  the Brian And Peri Zhand Israel Tour 2022.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Who Do You Say That I Am?

In the Gospel of Matthew chapter 16: 13-20 we have the familiar and often quoted verses of a discussion between Jesus and His disciples, with that all important question that is still asked today of many believers, and non-believers alike.... "Who do you say that I am?

"13: When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He questioned His disciples: Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14: They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15: “But what about you?” Jesus asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16: Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17: Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by My Father in heaven.
18: And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.
19: I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
20: Then He admonished the disciples not to tell anyone that He was the Christ.

Earlier this week, while listening to a podcast, I heard a sort of side comment that I would like to explore in this post, based on this Scripture passage. What if it was us asking Jesus, "Who do YOU say that I am?" rather than Jesus asking us, who do we say that He is?

What struck me about this is that it is majorly important how we actually see ourselves is based entirely on what we think God or even Jesus thinks of us. How often have you thought, or even heard someone say something like; "God could never love (or forgive) me for what I have done."

If we have any insight into the number of times we have tried to live up to the expectancy of what we have been told or think for ourselves; the standard of perfection for being a Christian is; and how often we have failed to meet that standard; then how easy to think that Jesus is as disappointed in us as we are ourselves.

We may just as readily declare with Peter, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” However, we might not believe that Jesus has as high of a view of us in return. So, then let's discover what His answer might be if you ask Jesus that same question, "Who do you say that I am?"

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” 2 Cor: 5:21 Therefore Jesus sees you as the righteousness of God!

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden." Matt.5:14

Lest you think that of course Jesus loves you, because He died for you, and yet are not so convinced that God the Father shares that same love; let me remind you of John 3:16 "GOD so loved the world that He gave...." And in 2 Cor. 5:19 "It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).

It is not uncommon for people to think that Jesus came to save us from the wrath of God, especially after a cursory reading of the Old Testament. And because of that belief, many false doctrines have arisen, and deceived the hearts of many toward the Love of God! It is as if God and Jesus were not one in the same. Jesus came to reveal the heart of the Father!

Colossians 2:8-9 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily."

As I have mentioned in previous posts, that I have listened to countless sermons from Brian Zhand, pastor of the Word of Life church in St. Joseph Missouri, and he repeats a statement that I have quoted from which clarifies this relationship of God and Jesus, which goes like this:

"God is like Jesus,
God has always been like Jesus,
There was never a time when God was not like Jesus,
We have not always known this, but now we do!

If ever you feel the need to run to Jesus to protect you from the Father God, know this, that all of the goodness and mercy and love and compassion, and caring and fullness of Jesus, is that which is revealed in Him from the Father! God is NOT mad at you! And Jesus reveals to us how true that is. So now you know what the answer is the next time your broken heart needs to inquire of God: "Who Do You Say That I Am?"

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Take No Thought

Matthew 6:25 "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?"

How many sermons have you heard preached on some aspect of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount? Quite a few, I imagine, just as I have. And for years when I heard the previous quote, I have come to realize that I heard it with a "western" mindset. That's not unusual, because that's where we live, and what we are used to being taught, but as I have written lately, that the past year has been teaching me to read the Scriptures differently, with more of a hearing it as a first century Jew would hear them, just as Jesus would have taught them! Perhaps then, we can get more meaning out of the verses. I will explain what I mean, but first....

I learned long ago that anytime you see the word: "Therefore" it is good practice to find out what is is "There for?" So the previous verse says this in 6:24 "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."  Then the next verse starts off as if by saying, "based on that truth... then the result is"... Or; in the text : "Therefore"

Now, every time I would hear Matt. 6:25, and it is also repeated in 6:31 "Therefore take no thought, saying , What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or Wherewithal shall we be clothed?"  I heard it in the past as if He was saying the word from a western way of thinking. That is; not to worry about having enough to eat, or to worry about not having any clothes to wear. I even thought about not worrying about what to eat in regards to all these fancy diets, and did not realize I was close to the answer, but not quite. 

If you were a first century Jew living at the time of hearing Jesus say these words, you would be completely shocked by what He said! Why? Because for thousands of years, their whole life was wrapped up in the Levitical Law!  That law told them what they were allowed to eat and NOT eat, and what they could wear and NOT wear! Clean and unclean! NOW here comes this rabbi, telling them Not to worry about any of that now!! No wonder they wanted to stone Him!

"No man can serve two masters... for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other."  So what are the two masters Jesus is talking about?  Sure Jesus says the two are God and mammon, but what does He mean by those two choices? The truth is, at this point I haven't got it all figured out in context! But I can write what I have thought about, to stimulate more deeper considerations, than just a surface reading.

I think Jesus is talking more than just about money, or riches, which is what the meaning of mammon is. The Strongs concordance #3126 is: "mammonas, of Chald, or. (confidence, ie. fig. wealth, personified) mammonas, i.e. avarice (deified):-mamon. 

The American Dictionary says this: "Synonyms Avarice, Covetousness, Cupidity, penuriousness, closeness, miserliness, all denote bad qualities, corruptions of the natural instinct of possession. Avarice, literally greediness, a strong desire to get objects of value, has become limited, except in figurative uses, so as to express only a sordid and mastering desire to get wealth. Covetousness and cupidity are not limited to wealth, but may have for their object anything that can be desired, cupidity being directed especially toward material things. Covetousness longs to possess that which belongs to another; hence the prohibition in the tenth commandment (Ex. xx. 17). Cupidity is more active than the others, less groveling, and more ready to snatch from others that which covetousness may wish for without trying to get. See penurious."

So, with those two things as a comparison, you can see more of what Jesus was warning against. You cannot be focused on, or serve, your desire to get wealth and God at the same time. Why? The simple short answer is the word FAITH. 

If your focus is on trying to attain material goods, and the needs of the body, then you have taken your focus off of trusting God for all your needs and wants and desires, as if He cannot or will not or is not interested in your having any of it. And also that it is as if material things can replace the hole in your heart which can only be filled by Him.

Matthew 6:33 Jesus says "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."  So, get your priorities right. Seek the kingdom of God, or the ruler ship, or dominion of God first. And also seek His righteousness! Not your own righteousness. Don't be trying to obtain your own worthiness and wait to get your act together, because it is still just an act. Seek HIS righteousness, and  whoever seeks will find, and apply His righteousness to your life, and ALL these other things will be ADDED to you.

Romans 5:17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  Luke 12:32 says: "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." 

We are spiritual beings. As a result of the fall, we have been been born into that fallen Adamic humanity, but since Jesus died on the cross, He put to death the Adamic race, (He was the LAST Adam)  and now we are NEW Creations in Him, (He became the SECOND Man) therefore, learn to live in this reality, and as far as any cares of this world system, and ways of doing things the old Adamic way... Take No Thought.

Sunday, February 6, 2022

The Substance and Evidence of Faith

A couple weeks ago, Cindi and I returned from a week long, first time trip to Cancun Mexico on an all inclusive AAA organized vacation. There would be so much to write here concerning the details of that trip, but I wanted to mention just one highlight at this time. While enjoying one of the pools in the resort, they had a free scuba dive try out. Since this is something I wanted to do for years, I introduced myself to Nicholas, who proceeded to put scuba gear on me, a mask and flippers, and instruct me how to breath underwater!! What a unique experience! Then we proceeded to swim underwater in the pool for about 10 min. or more.  After that, I signed up for a beginner lesson for the next day.
When the next day came I went to the place on the beach where the Dressel Dive shop was, and after classroom instruction, and safety practice in the pool, we were taken by boat to a spot on the ocean, and the open water dive began. There was a photographer who came on the dive and took pictures and made a video, which I purchased, and can be seen Here .I am including this in part to share this experience, and also as an illustration to discuss the subject of faith.

 In the book of Hebrews, chapter 11 and verse 1 it has this enigmatic phrase: " Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." I say it is enigmatic, or mysterious because no matter how many times I have heard it preached, I was still confused as to how faith can be considered a substance. The two did not seem to be compatible. Faith is what you believe in your mind and heart, and a substance to my way of thinking is the make up of something physical; something tangible, like soil is the substance of the earth. But I think I got some more insight recently that helps me to understand it better. 

Let's not take that verse alone, but also look at where Paul tells us in Eph 2:8-9 " For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." In other words, faith is the means by which grace is applied to save us, and the part that most people miss is that it is imparted faith!! "And THAT not of ourselves.." and what is not of ourselves? That FAITH is not of ourselves, THAT (faith) is a Gift of God, otherwise, faith becomes a work in which you can boast!

But you might wonder how can you boast about your faith, until you realize Christians do it all the time! "Just have faith." Just believe". "I put MY faith in Jesus, and He saved me." Get the point? The fact that you have faith to believe in Jesus as your savior in the first place is because IT IS A GIFT OF GOD. The very faith that allows you to believe has been given to you in order for you to believe, and so it makes it impossible for you to boast in something that was never your doing in the first place!

I will quickly say here, that like the scuba lesson, I could say all I want about having faith and believing that I could breathe underwater and scuba dive, but until I applied that belief to actually doing it, then it is dead faith. I could stand by the pool all day long and talk about scuba diving, but until I entered into the experience of that realm of existence, Then there is no evidence that I actually believe what I am saying. Faith that is not acted on is feckless, impotent, and questionable faith. Thus James says in 2:26 “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
So, now onto Hebrews 11. "Faith is the substance..." Here is how I presently understand it. The fact that since faith is not something you conjure up for yourself, but that it is a gift of God, then it stands to reason that if you have faith, that faith is the very evidence you need...the very proof, the invisible make up, substance, that you can know you have received the gift of Grace from God. Even though you cannot see it. Does that make sense to you? How do you know you are saved? Do you believe in Jesus Christ as your savior? Well then that belief, that faith is your very evidence... the invisible substance by which your belief is founded, of the things you cannot see.
Now let me add one more verse to this mix. Romans 8:24-25 “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? “But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”  Try exchanging the word faith for the word hope in this verse, and see if it doesn't pair with Hebrews 11.
"For we are saved by faith: but faith that is seen is not faith: for what a man sees, why does he yet have faith for? But if we have faith for what we don't see, then do we with patience wait for it."

A word study for both faith and hope could open up even more revelation, but perhaps, even this limited blog post can provide some measure of understanding The Substance and Evidence of Faith.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Why Aren't Dinosaurs In The Bible?

I got an email with an interesting title that caught my attention. That title was "Why Aren't Dinosaurs In The Bible?" The answer was contained in an animated video produced by a ministry called Aleph Beta written by a Rabbi named David Fohrman. I have watched several of his videos, and have read a couple of his books after I first heard him recommended by Marty Solomon on the BETA podcast, I have talked about in earlier posts. 

I wondered if the question caught your attention as much as it did mine? Have you not wondered that same thing? I have even heard teachings that suggest the book of Job talks about dinosaurs as Leviathan. However, the Rabbi gives a very important understanding to his answer, which also answers very many similar questions that many Christians get asked.

He explains that he read a book called "How To Read A Book" which provided the answer, and it is really simply this: You have to understand the "Genre" of the book first. What was the purpose the book was written? What kind of book is it?

The way he explained it, is that if you read a Chemistry book, you should not expect it to contain Poetry. And if you read a poetry book, it is written in poetic form, and should not be taken literally! It is important to understand the purpose and reason, and genre of the book that you are reading first!

So while the Bible has history within it's pages, it's genre is NOT a history book. The writer to a letter to the editor in the weekend paper says with certitude: "The whole universe was created in 4150 B.C. So, do the math!" He goes on to say Noah's flood was in 2495 B.C. and the earth experienced an ice age that lasted a 1000 years from 2494 - 1494 B.C.

That kind of thinking comes about when genre, and the purpose of the Bible are ignored! The bible was not written to prove the age of the earth, or even the exact age of mankind, or if dinosaurs did or did not roam the earth. (However, I did see a LIVE dinosaur at a Reptile land exhibit a few years back! Turns out we call it a chicken!")

I am on a rather uncomfortable journey for me right now to learn more about the purpose of Genesis, and am trying to sort through a book about the creation of Adam, and evolution. I have not got enough understanding yet to write about that in detail, however I have been long aware that the "days" of creation written in Genesis is more complicated than just taking them literally. As a matter of fact, you can't take them literally, because they were never written in that form, manner, genre, context! We do damage to the biblical text to try to shape it's meanings into literal form. No different than trying to literally say: "The cow jumped over the moon.." just because it says so, and ignoring genre!

So why aren't there dinosaurs mentioned in the bible? Simply because it serves no purpose to the genre the bible was written for. That purpose has to do with Man's relationship to God and to others! The purpose of the bible is to provide an understanding of our relationship to our Creator, and how that relationship extends itself to those whom He created. That is why Jesus says "the greatest Commandment is to Love God with your whole heart... and to love your neighbor as yourself."  Relationship to God, and relationship to others! Many of the stories show ways to walk those relationships out in practical ways, and of course the consequences when those proper ways are ignored. 

When you are searching for the meaning of biblical text, it is important to understand context and genre, That is what is called Hermaneutics. the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation, especially of the Bible or literary texts. Don't force the bible to say something that it is not saying! Otherwise, you might come up with some strange answer as others have, trying to explain the answer to the question "Why Aren't Dinosaurs In The Bible?"

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Time Is Funny That Way

This day has almost come to an end as I write this post. What sets this day apart is that it is my 65th birthday. I usually don't get that excited about my birthday, but this one does mark the unofficial retirement milestone. Which is not to say that I am retired as of now, for we have talked about working for another year first, to be more financially secure. 

And so, while I suppose I could retire from my job at any point after this date, I am still healthy enough to continue working, and might only stop out of frustration more than any other reason. As I said in an earlier post: The rest of the story has not been written yet, and we would have to visit in a year from now to see if I am still working, or what happened between now and then. And while I have to live out the day to day for the next 365 days, and anyone following this blog would have to wait it out; anyone else not reading it until a year from now or more for the first time would find out in a matter of a few minutes the answer to what happened.

Time is funny that way. So many Podcasts that I have listened to over the past year; most of them have been recorded live from since 2017, and I have been able to listen to them all up to date without having to wait the 5 years to pass week by week. Although I still went through the same 5 year period, but it is like starting a race 5 years late, and catching up. 

It was the same thing as I mentioned before about when I first watched a video tape in 1993 of Willie Hinn preaching a message in 1987 called "Mistaken Identity". I had the advantage of catching up to most of the sermons he had preached since then to "feed" my desire to know more. That same desire has been renewed this past year, at an accelerated pace having many more hours in a day to listen to these podcasts while driving.

We are shortly going on vacation to an all inclusive resort in Mexico for a week, and we are looking forward to the time of rest. I have plans to use all of my saved up vacation this year to take much needed breaks from work, and hopefully provide me more endurance to continue working through the challenging days of driving for 8 hours a day back and forth across the State into Ohio and back. 

The plan today was to fly this morning to an airport in Mifflin County Pa, KRVL for their monthly breakfast. It was sunny today, and would have made a nice entry in my log book that I flew on my birthday, but it was very cold; in the low 20's, and since there was some snow on Friday, the runway was rated as poor braking conditions. And considering that it would be a short flight during such cold conditions, that would have taken much of the fun out of the trip. 

Instead, we drove to Denny's for breakfast, for the first time since before COVID hit. It was kind of a celebration setting the day apart, and then with a steak dinner Cindi cooked for us, my "birthday meals" were taken care of having an excellent sufficiency!

I did spend several hours today reading a new book I bought written by Peri Zahnd, wife of Brian Zahnd, pastor of Word of Life church, based on their trip a few years ago on the El Camino del Santiago; a 500 mile 40 day walking pilgrimage in Spain. I have heard Brian preach a number of times telling stories of their experiences on this sabbatical they took, and the book is pleasantly enjoyable reading. To highlight the reading experience I have also watched a couple of programs on people walking the Camino so I can get a visual of the sights that Peri describes so well.  Not that there is any plan to ever do so myself.

However, I do get to read the highlights of their pilgrimage in a few hours time on a weekend, that took them 40 days to complete. Time Is Funny That Way.

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Teeth Will Be Provided

Teeth will be provided! Did the title spark your curiosity, and grab your attention? I have been reviewing some of my earlier posts, and came across this writing which was never posted, and only kept as a draft because I did not finish writing it at the time, however I do think it is something worthy to post, even if only for the comical value, though there is truth in that humor. 

What I am going to share here in this post is not a new understanding to me, it is something that I have known for many years, but at the same time I am aware that it is not common knowledge among most Christians. The reason I can say that with the assurance of the truth is because if it was understood by those whose claim it is to believe the WHOLE Bible, then they would of necessity have to change their WHOLE theology about God.

The reason I can say that is simply because, it is not uncommon for many Christians to read the bible with an already pre conceived idea of interpretation of what a verse means before they even begin reading. The reason I can say that, is because I counted myself among those many Christians. Not when I was one of them of course, but in retrospect. As you can imagine, this presents a big problem regarding Biblical Hermenutics. The word Hermeneutics means "the art or science of the interpretation of literature."

Now it is one thing when someone is found to be wrong with their interpretation of the meaning of a verse of Scripture, but it is another thing to be willfully ignorant!  It could be that because you have been told what to believe and never researched it yourself, you just accepted it as fact and moved on. But, it is when someone who is confronted with facts contrary to what they have believed, and yet they would rather stay in their ignorance rather than search for the truth at any cost.  There is an adage that says: "A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still." And if that is the case against clear evidence to the contrary, then they become a great danger to others!

You might think it is an over statement to suggest that a willfully ignorant person is a great danger to others, but consider the fact that they will not cease to teach and preach and share their ignorance, thus spreading their errors like a plague, infecting everyone they touch!

Consider this humorous story as an example:
A preacher of the old school was describing the events of Judgement Day and, of course, he used Biblical phraseology whenever he could.

"Oh, my friends," he intoned, "imagine the suffering of the sinners as they find themselves cast into the outer darkness, removed from the presence of the Lord and given to eternal flames. My friends, at such a time there will be weeping, wailing and a great gnashing of teeth!"

At this point, one of the elders of the congregation interrupted to say, "But Reverend, what if one of those hopeless sinners has no teeth?"

The preacher crashed his fist on the pulpit, "My friends, the Lord is not put out by details. Rest assured... teeth will be provided!"
How is it any different than any other lie gossip or rumor that is spread about every day? Suppose you found out someone was twisting facts around about you, that made you seem to be guilty of something you never did. Everyone that person talked to told someone else what they had been told, until it was believed by everyone who heard it as the truth. Now, you come along and try to set the facts straight, but it is now just your word against all those others who would rather believe what they heard to be true more than the truth itself.

Keep in mind this indisputable truth: A person who is honestly mistaken, when confronted with the truth, ceases to be either mistaken or honest.

I say all these things, not to put anyone under any sort of condemnation, because I was ignorant to the truth for the same reason for many years. It is only by the grace of God that He opened my eyes to see some truths not commonly revealed to others. And I am aware when I say that, that anyone promoting any kind of nutty, weird, or insane thing could say their eyes have been open to the truth as well! So, all I can say is that it is alright to not believe me, and as a matter of fact, I encourage you not to believe me (isn't that what got us all in trouble to begin with?) just because I say it doesn't make it right, and you must find out from God for yourself whether these things be true. Some times, He just witnesses to your Spirit. And when that happens then you can be free! Jesus did not say the truth will set you free. What He did say in John 8:31,32 
"So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” It is in KNOWING the truth that sets you free!

And so you might ask, who can you trust? My answer is to trust those you consider trustworthy until they prove they are not. And perhaps they just do not know either, and so our final authority for truth Jesus tells us in John 16:13 "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come."

It is also important to grow and learn and mature in the faith and in your knowledge of God. Paul sets that standard in 1 Cor.13:11 "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

You will do well to put away childish beliefs about God, otherwise you too might find yourself in a position to defend your childish beliefs with childish statements, and you will know that is the case if you ever hear yourself say: "Teeth Will Be Provided"