Read the Bible in a Year This morning read Ezekiel 27--29 Will You Still Boast? Every time I read this verse, I laugh, 9 "Will you still say before him who slays you, 'I am a god'? But you shall be a man, and not a god, In the hand of him who slays you." (Eze. 28:9). Can you see the king of Tyre, saying to a man with a sword in his hand ready to drive it through the king, "I am a god"? Mr. King of Tyre, if you are a god stop the man who is about to kill you. I do not think that your slayer is very impressed with your arrogant boast that you are a god. Your slayer hears that boast and he does not have to say a word, but he says it with his sword and without a word, he refutes your claim. This is someone who absolutely refuses to acknowledge his error. Do we ever do that? We are wrong, but we insist that we are right. Once a man told me that technically we believe in the Immaculate Conception. I questioned him. He said that the Immaculate Conception and the virgin birth are the same. I denied it. The virgin birth, which is the truth, refers to Jesus and the fact that His mother was a virgin when she gave birth to Him. The Immaculate Conception, which is false, refers to Mary, that her parents conceived her immaculately. What this means is that the Catholic Church teaches erroneously that everyone is born in sin. If that is true, then Jesus was born in sin. However, to escape that implication, the Catholic Church had to find a way that Mary was not born in sin. Therefore, they invented the doctrine that when her parents conceived her, they did not pass on "Original Sin." This man still disagreed with me. Therefore, I opened the dictionary, looked up "immaculate conception," and the dictionary said exactly what I had said and even made a point of stating that it is often confused with the virgin birth. This guy still insisted that he was right. Now, have any of us ever done something similar? I have. Pride was in the way. If we keep up that pride, it will destroy us. Destroy the pride that you might live.