2011-01-06 - The Echoes of a Lie
Rev 20:9 And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10 And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (NASB)
The first lie culminates where the enemy declares to Eve, "You surely will not die! …" (Gen 3:4b. It was a deliberate, calculated falsehood which was then supported by a half truth. It was crafted to appeal to Eve's pride and it worked. Eve disobeyed God's very clear instruction to not eat of the tree in the center of the garden. Adam followed also knowing God's one and only restriction He had given. Since that moment when Adam and Eve justified their actions in their minds to go willfully against God's rule mankind has been doing the same thing over and over throughout the ages. We were given a free will to do as we please and we continue to chose poorly.
God's rule to Adam and Eve was given with a warning. The rule was for their benefit. God was not trying to stifle their fun or keep something tasty from them. He was trying to guide and protect them. And since He is all-knowing He also knew before Adam was created that they would chose to disobey and fall into sin - simply put disobedience toward God.
A lie told over and over again will take on the appearance of truth. We learn our basic facts through memorization - our alphabet and basic phonics are often taught with flash cards. The repetition of these bits of truth become stored in our minds and used to create more complex words and sentences. They become bits of truth.
Lies like, "If it feels good, do it," are used to justify what we want to do knowing it is not right. Exodus 20:17 tells us clearly not to desire the things or relationships that belong to others. They are both clear restrictions from God and in our civil legal codes. We agree they are wrong by majority but theft and unfaithfulness are still routine events.
Lies like, "Everyone's doing it," are used to draw someone into an activity that person is hesitating to do. That hesitation is that person's conscience telling then it's wrong. Here ironically the idea of majority is deceitfully used in a lie to justify something. The fact is that not everyone is actually doing this behavior, and even if they are that doesn't make it correct and we know it. If everyone were in fact doing whatever it is and God has said not to do it, God alone is the majority.
The first four of the Ten Commandments define the relationship between God and mankind, and the last six define the relationship between members of society. The ten "thou shalt not's" become boiled down to two "you shall's" by Jesus (Mark 12:30). Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love others as you love yourself.
God is truth. Not like 2+2=4 is true. That is a truth, a mathematical truth in this case. But it does not define the body of what is true. It is a piece of what is true. God is the source of all truth. He is the creator of mathematics and His creation follows the rules and order He has laid down from the time of creation to the end of time. He created our hearts and minds to know right and wrong, good and evil, love and hate, giving and greed, selflessness and selfishness. They are all wrapped up in two truths that are interconnected and silence the echoes of a lie when we put them first.
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.