Just finished reading some of the threads here in the Baptist Theology & Bible Study forum. On the desk beside me there are about a 1/2 dozen Bible versions. Plus, Bible dictionary, several commentaries, etc. in the bookcase. A KJV study Bible is at my elbow. There are 4 daily devotion books within reach. Also within reach is the course book for a 10 week study. (week 6 next). That's in addition to 2 different weekly regular Bible Study sessions at church. Church library has several hundred books on a wide range of topics. Shelves at Lifeway has no telling how many authors with their viewpoints. And, then there's the Internet. Back to the threads I've just read. Widely differing viewpoints on topics, often with language well over my head. Sure, I understand that when pastors debate doctrine they're gonna pull out the $10 words. They're going to quote portions from documents (for lack of a better word) that I didn't know were in existance. My quandry. How does a laymen, seeking the TRUTH, wade through all of this? Even with a continual prayer for guidance from the Holy Spirit, how does a layman decide where he or she stands on any given topic of serious debate? How does a layman know which book to choose, whether at the church library or Lifeway that will actually lead to further TRUTH and understanding? Two scriptures are driving this question. Proverbs 2:3-6 3Yea, if thou criest after knowledge... and 2 Tim 2:15 ...rightly dividing the word of truth. When I stand before Christ, how much of this debate and differing opinion will matter to Him? The thief on the cross keeps coming back to mind. Yet, some how I know it does matter in my walk of faith. I long to hear Him say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant:" In closing, I realize that I'm suffering from information overload in some respects. Trying to make up, to some small degree, for all the wasted years that I didn't study His word. I don't have many years left before He calls me home. I'm to the age that "years" may not even be the right word. Thus the urgency of my cry to rightly divide the word of TRUTH. Any advice for this layman's quandry?