True prophets and false prophets
Post date: Jan 31, 2015 8:24:47 AM
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Since biblical times, we’ve had individuals appearing on the scene claiming to be teachers and prophets of God. They had ulterior motives, but some of them were so convincing that people have followed them to commit atrocities. There are serious consequences for people who “put words in God’s mouth” for their own purpose. But we also have true prophets from the Bible such as Abraham, Moses and Jeremiah; and some modern day personalities such as St John-Paul II who may be recognized as prophets in time to come. But prophets are only human, and some of them may be called for a specific purpose. Yet there is one prophet of God who spoke and acted with absolute authority, and that person was Jesus. That is because Jesus was also the son of God and his motive was not to do his own will but the will of his heavenly Father. We should always be guided by the Holy Spirit to discern between true prophets and false ones. Always test them to see if their lives match the words they speak. You will know a tree by its fruits.