I was always taught that half a lie was the same as a full lie. For Christians, our lives are bombarded with numerous half truths and delusions. Many are subtle and seemingly harmless as they emphasize our “feelings” on God and how we perceive Him. However, there are others so blatantly deceitful in nature that you would think no one could possibly believe them…but they do.
Both are damaging to the faith and subversive to our understanding of God. Which reminds me of an axiom I was taught as a youngster, “trust but verify”. It underscores the importance of reading your Bible and using it as a tool to confirm the messaging that is becoming more influenced by our culture and secular ideas intruding upon the church.
For example, how many of us have heard someone in the faith deny the existence of hell? In mans wisdom, some rationalize that if God is love then why would he eternally damn His creation? The stream of thought is that somehow we will all go to heaven but each enjoy a different level of paradise based on our behavior in our prior life. Decisions have consequences but nothing as dire as spending an eternity in Hell…
Do you see anything wrong with this?
Let’s rationalize this thought to its ultimate conclusion. If there is no consequence for sin, why should we be concerned about how we act or live our lives? Is this biblical? Of course not! We can confirm this through scripture. Finish the following statements with me:
- “For the wages of sin is______…” (Hint: Romans 6:23)
- “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in _____.” (Hint: Matthew 10:28)
- “Then He will say to those on His left, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, ____ the _______ ___ …(Hint: Matthew 25:41)
One only needs to look through a concordance… There are far more references for you to look at regarding the existence of Hell in your bible. It IS real and God’s eternal punishment for those who choose not to follow Christ and accept Him as their personal savior.
The prior example was a rather benign perversion of truth in comparison to the next.
How about the concept of universalism where some espouse a belief that Buddha, Allah, Mohammed, Vishnu and others… are all names for the same God? That somehow these deities are all one in the same as our God, just worshiped under different titles and in subtle different ways?
This belief asks us to suspend what we know about God…
- While He has many names (Jehovah, I am, Yahweh, Jesus…etc..) the Lord our God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4).
- The world may embrace and have many gods but for us there is only one true God and salvation comes through Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Corinthians 8:5-6)
- We are commanded to not worship any other gods, for our God is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14).
So what is my driving point in this blog? Truth matters in a world filled with lies. Both subtle lies and those which are more blatant in their distortion of the truth are being used to destroy the church and faith of believers.
Pontius Pilate asked a statement of Jesus prior to his crucifixion, it is the term highlighted above in the picture at the top of this post, “What is truth?” For Christians, it is the infallible word of God as it is written in the Bible. It is Jesus, who according to John 1:14 became the word which became flesh and dwelled among us. The answer is also revealed by the way our Lord described himself in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.”
Pilate’s words continue to echo the sentiment, that we need to study our Bibles more diligently. We are living in an age of deception and need to be more knowledgeable when it comes to the truth so we may guard ourselves from the lies of the deceiver and become more effective in the defense of our faith (Ephesians 6:14). Please read and encourage others to read their Bibles daily.
At Christian Helplines we see the struggles going on with the church and our culture. We acknowledge that people are seeking for truth and looking all over to find it. Sometimes they find a reflection of something good that they believe to be truth but are ultimately misguided and deceived by its falsehood. We believed in our calling to bring as many to the truth as possible in these last days. It is the reason for developing the “How Can I Help?” training series. We want to create disciples. We want to help you and your church reap in the harvest of new believers, to come alongside them and help them develop and grow in their faith.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions about the “How Can I Help?” training series and how we may assist you in fulfilling the mission set forth by Jesus to “go and make disciples”.