Wow! Is it possible? Could we as Christians have it wrong?
Very early in Jesus’ earthly ministry, some of his “fair weather” disciples began to think that this was a distinct possibility. As our Lord tightened up the pressure a few notches in calling his disciples into greater commitment, some of them began to bail out. The free bread was great, but this eating his flesh and drinking his blood thing was a bit too much. “From that time MANY of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.” (John 6:66 – ominous reference!)
The very first sin in the universe involved pride being found in the heart of Lucifer. At its core, this sin had to weigh up the question, Is God right? Is what He says the truth? Do I believe Him or is it possible He has deceived me and the real truth is ______________?
Adam and Eve found themselves in the paradise of the Garden Eden with a simple command to follow – do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Satan’s first words questioned the veracity of God’s words – “Yea, hath God said?” All it took was for a spot of doubt to creep into Eve’s heart and she began to look at that tree differently. God said don’t eat from it, but the fruit sure looks like it would be tasty, and the tree is very pleasant to the eyes, and what about this wisdom that comes from eating this fruit that God didn’t tell us about? Is it possible that God didn’t give us the whole picture? Only one way to find out......
The facts could not be stated more clearly in Scripture: God is truth. It is impossible for God to lie. God loves us. God only wants what is best for us. God is faithful and can be trusted implicitly. The enemy should wither in front of these unassailable truths have been both stated as well as demonstrated in the lives of countless people throughout the pages of Scripture and the centuries of human history. Instead, the enemy pulls out the only trick left in the back – a propaganda war of blatant lies. King Hezekiah ran into this face first when the Assyrian king Sennacherib attempted to intimidate Jerusalem into surrender. Sennacherib’s flunkie, Rabshakeh came to King Hezekiah with the same lie that we hear from the world today: “Let not God, in whom thou trustest, deceive thee...” Isa. 37:10
Notice how the statement is not an outright accusation against God – that would be too obvious. Instead it is a statement intended to plant seeds of doubt while making the speaker appear to really care about you. Reading between the lines of today’s news media, atheists, liberal theologians and some of your supposed friends, you will find this: “You poor thing! I know your religion has been a great help to you over the years, but this is a pretty serious situation you are in. It is time to grow up and face reality – to look at the world in a mature way. Your religion isn’t going to cut it this time – let me help you, because I don’t want to see you get hurt. Let not God, in whom thou trustest, deceive thee...”
A blatant lie always sounds better with a wrinkled brow and an air of “genuine” concern. Christians need to beware! Or as the Bible says,“TAKE HEED that no man deceive you.” The first lie of most deceivers is to accuse you being deceived – a paradox designed to make you drop the truth and embrace their falsehoods!
Christian, it is high time that you wake up and realize that deception may be all around you, but it can not and will not ever originate with God or his word. Our Lord is the one Rock in the middle of the raging sea that we can always climb up on with the certainty that it will outlast ever wave!