Part of the series Root of The Problem
Written by Léo Gaumont, published on 2016-01-04.
Are you sure that what you know or what you hear is true?
We are generally all ignorant of what is actually happening around us. This ignorance can either be perpetuated and capitalized upon or fixed to empower the masses. It is time to enlighten home educators who have generally been kept in the dark respecting what is occurring within their community. Please understand that while it is our responsibility to tell the truth, we must never lose sight of the fact that our enemy is not made of flesh and blood and that we ultimately have the choice to conform and compromise or to stand on principle. (Ephesians 4: 11-16)
Bible Reference: Mark 13:22
Once upon a time, a person’s word was generally accepted as true, and a man’s word was his honour. However, things are no longer that way. Never in the history of the world have things been so favourable for replacing the truth with what is not. What is being advanced as the information age is really the misinformation age, and what is likely to be seen later in history as The Age of Deception.
How often do you think that we are being lied to? Who can really be trusted to be honest in a world that advances truth as relative? When truth becomes more a matter of one’s own opinion of what is or is not acceptable, rather than on fixed, absolute truth, how can anything really be trusted as true? Our modern misplaced belief in the leadership of those in “authority” having our best interest in mind often causes us to neglect the possibility that not all of the information presented is accurate. Sources may withhold information to protect us from discomfort, or present information to lead us into believing what is not true. Often, the real motivation behind the information being presented is, in actuality, to prevent us from learning too much. If knowledge is power then individuals, groups, bureaucracies and institutions desiring power will be threatened by people who know too much. How many such cases can you think of?
Is the news really news or propaganda? Can the media be trusted to deliver the truth? Are politicians known as pillars of integrity? Do you trust the government to have your best interest in mind? How many truly believe the diatribe of the televangelist? What about the real objectives of the local “Christian” gatherings? Are they based in truth or tradition? Are religious activities being advanced as foundations for truth, rather than truth being advanced as the foundation for religion? Is the school really concerned about the educational welfare of students? Are Christian schools really Christian? More to the point, if the leadership engages in activities that can truly be questioned in light of scripture, to which of the two possible eternal ends are they leading us? Can universities, who attack whoever does not agree with the status quo beliefs of secular socialism, be considered places of true reasoning and logic? Do the advertisers concern themselves with truth or sales? Haven’t we all been lied to?
By now, you must be starting to think that no one is to be trusted! To be sure, not every person or institution is a bona fide liar and we should not cynically suspect everything said and done to be lies, but neither should we be looking at the world through rose colored glasses. To not fully disclose, or to colour the truth or to exaggerate or say one thing when meaning another is not much different from outright lying. What is communicated is either true or it is not. It is that simple. Scripture makes that clear, yet it is truly amazing, shocking really, how many lies are advanced every day, not only by those who know nothing of what God expects, but discouragingly as often from those who claim they do.
If Christ’s claim to be the way, the truth and the life is true (and it is!), then we should expect the world to be immersing society in deception (lies) as it prepares for the coming of the antichrist. Since the day the devil deceived Eve with perversions of the truth (lies), fallen man has had a propensity to lie, just like the one who tricked him in the first place. As we approach the time of the revelation of the antichrist, we should expect to see more of his nature on display. Unless we wholeheartedly give ourselves over to the truth, we cannot be prevented from lying and being tricked by lies. If the end times are upon us, we should understand that we are in an age of deception and that we should not be surprised when it comes to us through avenues we would never have believed possible, not that long ago.
Be careful of what you accept as true. Make sure it is, and always question the true motivation of those who are “informing” you. Not only can lies severely skew your world view, but should you have some leadership talents, you will end up propagating these lies, becoming more a part of the problem of deception than it’s solution.