Something is said to be authentic when it’s not a copy, it is genuine and it’s source can be verified. With this thought in mind I’m reminded of an episode in the history of the early followers of Christ.
Immersed in their evangelical mission, they suffered persecution, imprisonment and even death from the authorities at the time, who questioned the validity and authenticity of their cause.
In a very charged session at one of the public hearings, a profound intellectual argument was made by a well respected lawyer named Gamaliel. His statement still holds water in most disciplines today and can be used as a litmus test when something new comes along that we are unsure of. He said;
“… For if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!”
He was right. Thousands of years after, the good news is still being preached and Christianity has reached the ends of the earth.
Friends, let’s not be quick to judge or form opinions. Sometime it takes time to validate authenticity.