“And the people of Berea were more open-minded that those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. As a result, many Jews believed….” Acts 17:11-12 (New Living Translation)

Paul was one of the most prominent thought leaders of his time. He was responsible for writing almost half of the New Testament! He was an incredible apostle, erudite scholar and was well known everywhere. However, when he came to Berea, he met a unique breed of people. These guys were open-minded; they were non-confrontational, knowing that they were not islands of knowledge but they did not take Paul for his words; they went home and searched the scriptures for themselves to see if what Paul said was the truth! This was so remarkable that Paul had to document it in his journal. He had never met such folks before. And guess what the effect of the attitude of the Berean Christians was? The Bereans believed in God not just because of what one pastor or apostle said but because they searched it out for themselves in the scriptures. Such faith is not easily shaken because it is not based on one prophet or the other; it is based on a personal relationship with the word of God.

A lot of the debates we have on social media over doctrinal issues will be solved if people became open-minded and studied the scriptures for themselves so as to ascertain whether or not what Bishop XYZ or Reverend Doctor ABC said is actually true. Decide to become a noble Christian today – know God’s word for yourself.