___One cannot mistake a normal panda’s main colors: white in some places, black in others. The Bible is like that. God makes it very clear that certain things are good and right, while other things are bad and wrong.
___Unfortunately, Many people these days will try to tell you there is no such thing as absolute truth. They may say that issues are not black and white, but only shades of gray (which is what you get when you mix black and white). In other words, they are saying that there is no such thing as right or wrong, only things somewhere between right and wrong. They may even say wrong is right and right is wrong if that’s what they want to believe at the moment.
___Their way of thinking is just plain wrong. The Bible contains absolute truth. We can test everything against the Bible (Rom 12:2). The Bible is our firm foundation. We can learn from it and use its wisdom to help protect us.
___The devil has always--since the Garden of Eden--tried to get people to question or ignore what God said (Gen 3:1). He knows if he can get people to ignore God’s word they will walk away from God and get hurt--and the devil scores! So the devil continually gets people to rationalize (excuse) their sinful behavior by telling themselves or others that they have a good reason to do it.

Examples of Rationalizing (Excusing) Bad Choices
1. "These are modern times. Besides, I have a good excuse."
2. "I deserve this."
3. "This is what I want. Surely God wants me to have what I want."
4. "They’ll never know."
5. "They won’t miss it."
6. "Why not? They don’t care anyway."
7. "We can’t afford it right now."
8. "The timing is not convenient."
9. "I’ll do it later."
10. "It’s no big deal. Everybody does it."

___Unfortunately, sinful behavior hurts ourselves and others, no matter how good we think our reasons are. Rationalizing is one of the devil’s most successful tricks. Don’t let yourself fall for it! Learn to distinguish good from evil (2 Tim 2:15). You’ll find it in the ultimate book of absolute truth--The Holy Bible.

Ps 33:4 For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
1 Thes 5:21-22 Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.

Additional Reference Verses
Rom 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"
2 Tim 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
Is 5:20

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