We all have grown tired of those who tell lies. We see them on television and on the internet. We hear them on the radio and often think, “Will these people ever stop lying?” We wonder to ourselves, “Do these people even know the difference between the truth and a lie?”
DECEPTION IS DAMAGING
Lying can be more personal than what we see or hear through the media. It can hurt very deeply when we find out someone we love and trust has not told us the truth. We can feel deceived and can begin to doubt if we can ever trust that person again. Experiencing the deception of others bring confusion to our minds, and feelings of disappointment into our hearts and souls. We are no longer sure who we can trust. We can begin to ask ourselves are all people, liars? Does anyone tell the truth? Who can I now trust? We become confused, disheartened, and withdraw ourselves from others.
Where did this problem of lying that has caused so much confusion and hurt in the world begin? The Bible tells us it began at the very beginning of the world. Satan, in the form of a serpent, came to our first ancestors, Adam and Eve, and lied to them. The Bible says, “The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, ‘Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?'” (Genesis 3:1 NLT).
The Devil wanted to sow the seed of doubt into the mind of Eve. He was deceiving her. He told her that it was really God who was lying and that God did not really love her. He tricked her into believing that God was depriving both her and Adam of things they needed. Through his deception, he tricked them into eating what God had forbidden and plunged the world into darkness and confusion. Lying became a human trait and spread as the human race multiplied. In our fallen state we are often more drawn to the lie than to the truth.
FREEDOM FROM THE LIES
If this is true, how can we be freed from the confusion of a lying world? Who can deliver us? What can change our hearts so that we can again begin to hate lying and love telling the truth?
God sent a Redeemer. We become truth-tellers when the truth of the Redeemer sets us free. Jesus is the truth (John 14:6) and He calls His followers to walk in the truth. The Bible tells us, “Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds” (Colossians 3:9 NLT). New life comes to us when God forgives us of our sins and we begin to follow Jesus.
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