“For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:11
To be human, it is safe to say, is to have the capacity to believe the lie. All of us have believed lies in our past, no matter how well we think we have great natural instincts to decide what is true and what is false. We all have been taken in by lies. Some are very good, very believable, and some are so blatantly false we are completely befuddled that anyone could be so stupid to believe them.
The country is in a Presidential Election year in America and we are being reminded of the many lies that proliferate in the political arena. Many partisans depending which side they support believe their candidates lies, or on the other hand it may be of no consequence to them that they do; everyone lies, they think, and they do not care that he or she does. Now someone with whom they disagree? That is a another matter. They will go berserk if they lie, or in their mind appear to. But the person with whom they agree? They can lie as much as they want, and as blatantly as they desire, and they will support them, nonetheless.
It is more often the case that people from a very young age become habitual liars than they do habitual truth tellers. Most people learn from the earliest age to become very believable, particularly proficient liars. It takes a righteous conscience and holy character, under constant influence of the Holy Spirit to adhere to truth consistently. It is much harder to be a truth teller than to be a liar. Lying comes naturally, understanding universally fallen nature. Truth telling requires your born again transformation by the Spirit of God, and even after, you are still more prone to lie or to believe a lie than to consistently speak the truth and have the accurate instincts to know what really is true or is a lie. And, you have to know and believe the nature of truth to truly perceive when something is true or false.
There is one BIG lie which by far is the most consequential, the most important lie in human history. It is this: that there are many paths to God, many paths to heaven and eternal life. It falsely declares that all religions offer a path to God, the true and only God, and to find, by finding Him, eternal life. This is the BIG lie which God’s enemy, Satan, desires everyone believe. And many, many do, even some, believe it or not, who claim to be a follower of Jesus Christ. (See Matthew 7).
Jesus personally, clearly, and truthfully declared that He is the only door, He is the only gate, He is the only way to the Father, to the one and only true God; and that no man, woman, or child, therefore, comes to God, except through Him. This is the teaching of the Bible, a book that began to be written over 3,400 years ago, a book that was over 1,500 years in the making; a book which nothing in all its history up to the present day has ever appeared which sheds any doubt on its veracity, proves it is wrong in any detail, or has not come to pass exactly as it prophesied. The Bible is the most attested book in all of history. All the more reason to trust what it says, and, in the very least, not ignore it.
The truth over against the big lie, is that if you desire heaven, if you want eternal life, if you wish to draw near to God, if you want to know Him, you must believe His Son. You must commit your life to him and obey His instruction found throughout the Bible; God’s Word and His Word. You must willingly by faith make Him master of your life. No other religion, no other path, no other teaching will take you to God, to Heaven, or to truth. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father, except through me.” (John 14:6)
The capacity to believe lies, the fact that lies pretty much rule in this world, the fact that so many believe lies, including the big lie, and are wont to lie themselves is powerful proof that the world is under a cloud of delusion. It is proof that the Apostle Paul is right when he states that God’s enemy, Satan, is the prince of this world. He calls him “the prince of the power of the air.” In other words, he is the prince where people live, work, and breathe. He is the prince of the culture. He is the prince of world politics. He is the prince of man’s habitation. Humanity cannot currently escape his influence or the delusion under which humanity exists, thinks, and decides. The world in which you live is his battlefield; making it your battlefield as well. You are constantly at war, until God calls you home upon your death, or until Christ returns as He promised and you see His coming.
Do not believe the big lie. Overcome the massive delusion which permeates minds, making the masses believe it. Rather, believe Him, whom to know is life eternal. Believe Jesus Christ, who is alive, and is coming soon to judge the world; to either judge you or, praise God, to save you. Even so, come Lord Jesus!
“We come O Christ to you, true Son of God and man, by whom all things consist, in whom all life began; in you alone we live and move, and have our being in your love.”
(1st verse of Margaret Clarkson’s hymn, “We Come O Christ to You,” 1985)
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