Believing a Lie

Believing a Lie: On this blog we have talked about ways to look at Scripture in order to gain deeper meaning in any given passage. We first look at the literal meaning of what is written, then we look a little closer at the intention of the writers, and finally, we look at the allegory, the story behind it all.

The Bible is a fascinating book because it is the only book ever written that proves itself. What may seem like an inconsistency may actually be the deeper meaning.

Assuming the God is the author, and that God cannot make an error, we are left with a decision… to believe or not to believe. That’s where things become interesting. If the Bible is true, then why do people reject it. We get insight from a couple of beloved American authors.

The truth has no defense against a fool determined to believe a lie. –Mark Twain

The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it. — George Orwell

People often hate truth

So, what does the Bible have to say about those statements? For starters, there is a stark contrast between the wisdom of man and the wisdom of God.

Man likes to think of himself as the center of the universe, which of course, is exactly opposite of the position that God rightfully holds as the creator of all things. Time and again over the ages, man has questioned God, wanting to go his own way and not heel to the warnings of the Creator. The Apostle Paul explained it well.

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” (1 Cor 1:18-19)

For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. (1 Cor 1:25)

Truth is the Reason Jesus Came to Earth

John’s gospel clearly documents what Jesus had to say about Himself. In fact, the entire Gospel of John is all about the true identity of Jesus, written so there is no doubt as to who He is and why He came. In many instances, Jesus was at odds with the Jewish authorities about His ministry.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14:6-7)

Believing a Lie: People would not believe

People wanted to see signs and wonders, so Jesus showed them. They wanted first hand knowledge of His mission and He gave it to them. But, they didn’t believe. Twain’s comment is appropriate. They believed the lie.

The truth becomes blurred in lies

The truth becomes burred in the misinformation and propaganda. People of want to believe a lie. The alternative narrative oozes into the conversation, obfuscating the truth. The lie has just enough “truth” to it to make it believable. It sounds right. It just isn’t, not that it matters to the undiscerning.

The Bible is straight forward. Read the Gospel of John slowly and take time to let the allegory sink in. The truth of the Bible will overcome the lies of the world.