Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).
It always astounds me when I hear of people with astronomical IQs questioning or even denying the existence of God. But then again, the enemy is the ruler of this world, and he is very adept at “confounding the wise.” In John 4:6 it is called having the spirit of error, deception or deceit.
I recently read a book that took the reader back centuries concerning man’s search for wisdom and knowledge. Scripture was often quoted out of context to “prove” a false point in order to achieve an understanding of our purpose.
But the answer isn’t in the vast amounts of knowledge, nor the brilliance of the human mind. It isn’t in good works, or service, or generous amounts of philanthropy. And it certainly isn’t in recognizing that some random “higher power” has given us a higher purpose. It’s not even in quoting scripture unless those words are enlightening us because of…here it comes…our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us.
This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood (1 John 4:1-4).