The amount of deception flooding the world is amazing. Worse, it’s flooding our churches. Deception is everywhere. Separating the truth from the lies… is hard. In fact, it’s an almost insurmountable challenge.
If you hardly know where to begin, in the process of separating truth from fiction, you have my sympathy. I know how you feel, and I struggle with this every single day. But, my hope is that you will win by doing what I am doing:
Reading the Bible. Every. Day.
If you are truly a child of God, you will win. You will see the difference between the lie and the truth.
We have allowed our lives to become cluttered with lies and fantasy. We built castles in the air and filled them with pipe dreams. Our grandparents dreamed of a glorious future, and our parents shared those glorious dreams with us. And, we bought it.
We invested ourselves in the promise of shiny new toys in a glorious future. We put the one-eyed god in our living rooms and allowed its soothing propaganda wash over us. We handed over the minds of our precious children to the government and worshiped at Hollywood’s temples.
But, you’ve begun to wake up. You’ve started to realize that something is wrong. You’ve finally realized that you paid too much for something worthless, so there’s only one thing to do:
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
– Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of the Four, ch. 6, p. 111
For most of my life, I have spent my free time hunting down lies – rather loudly. (Since about age six. Really. I was quite a nuisance. With my foot in my mouth.)
In the 90s, when I found myself in Israel, I found all kinds of new and interesting lies. And, I sniffed them out as loudly as I could – in writing, on the Internet. (The most recent incarnation of that resides here: www.israeloutlook.com.)