The Age of Lies
The dictionary defines a lie as a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood. There exist powerful lies that the world around us has put forth to sway us from the truth. Just as truth is often stranger than fiction, the true, diabolical nature of the world system operates in ways that are covert. Whether we realize it or not, the lies that we’ve believed have infiltrated us on many levels, and until we allow truth to expose them, we will most certainly remain in a state of deception. Chances are that you’ve heard the saying ‘for every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction’. Also known as Newton’s Third Law, this is a basic law by which everything in the physical universe must abide. Likewise, there are similar principles governing the spiritual realm. For every truth, there exists a substitute. In the modern world in which we all live, there are more substitutes for the truth than ever. Just as there are many options for nearly everything imaginable, from restaurants to books, clothes, music and cars, and more, there are options for spiritual beliefs. The secular voices would have us believe that all roads lead to God, and there is truth in everything. However, this is a lie. Light has always been symbolic for the truth. Contrary to darkness, light illuminates and exposes. Light and darkness, like good and evil, are polar opposites. Scripture tells us that ‘God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all’ (1 John 1:5) as did Jesus Himself, saying ‘I am the light of the world’ (John 8:12). Without spiritual and moral absolutes, we as humans would have no navigation and sense of spiritual gravity to understand what’s right and wrong. Light allows us to see clearly and plainly, and truth keeps us from believing lies that would lead us to destruction. God has also told us in His Word that the powers of this current world operate in spiritual darkness. Until all things are made new, we will live in a world shrouded in this present darkness. Just as light exists, so does artificial light. This false light, appearing as truth, is nothing but a substitute. Scripture tells us that ‘Satan disguises himself as an angel of light’ (2 Corinthians 11:14). The light that Satan offers appears to be truth, but is in fact, just the opposite. Today, we are seeing the truth of Jesus Christ maligned, and virtually anything and everything else accepted in His place. Of course this is nothing new, but the commonality of it has become more mainstream than ever before. We are reminded once again that the major spiritual influence controlling this world, and the minds of most people, is darkness. False light. Religion and spiritual beliefs that appear benevolent on the surface, but contradict the truth of God. Now is the time to walk in the light and reject the darkness. Now is the time to seek the light of God’s truth like never before. Don’t go with the flow. Don’t say and do things just to be politically correct. The truth is similar to a pill that most people don’t want to swallow. The majority would rather hears lies and believe that they aren’t accountable to a Holy God, and that there are no eternal consequences for their lives. The spiritually blind are leading the spiritually blind (Matthew 15:13-14, Luke 6:3-40). It’s not popular or comfortable for most to hear, but right and wrong still exist. Good and evil, likewise, still exist, as does light and darkness. Let us ‘walk in the light, as He Himself is in the light’ (1 John 1:7). Remember that a lie is a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive. This is exactly what the world around us does constantly, and unfortunately, that’s what many of us do. If we were to get honest with ourselves, we would admit that we would often rather hear lies than the truth. Because of this, we’ve embraced so many lies that we have silenced the truth in our own lives. We’ve believed lies about who we are, why we’re here, what we need, what we should need, what we believe, what we should think, what we should eat, where we should go, how we should spend our money, time, and so on. Materially, we’ve believed that having more stuff will make us happier. Instead of advertisements for healthy food, we get fast food commercials which depict healthy and slim people eating the very food that will rob us of these things. Instead of natural remedies, we get health-destroying pharmaceutical drugs. Financially, we’ve bought into the lie that it’s better to own now and pay later, leading many of us into credit card debt. We’ve been lied to on all fronts, and the lies continue to bombard us. It’s not going to relent as long as the world and society in their current form continues. Although many would deny it, there is an agenda by the mainstream to normalize things that are anything but. As a society, we don’t want to be held accountable by a higher standard. We have rejected absolute truth, right and wrong, good and evil, and have defined what’s right for us by our own definitions. We live for our own convenience and have worshipped the creature rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25). This is proven true when a facebook post about two men getting married gets more likes than one centered on Jesus Christ. People who follow the Bible are now considered intolerant and hateful. We are officially living in an inverted culture; what is right is now looked down upon, and what is wrong is elevated. This age is one that the Scriptures predicted, telling us that people would not be lovers of truth and ‘will not put up with sound doctrine (truth). Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear’ (2 Timothy 4:3). Holding a mirror up of our society, we can clearly see things playing out just as God knew they would, warning us that ‘People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy’ (2 Timothy 3:2). So what’s the solution? How can we silence the lies that continue to ring out day after day? The answer is found only in the truth. Contrary to a vague set of principles, steps or beliefs, the absolute truth can only be found in one person, Jesus Christ. He is the embodiment of all truth, and is ‘the way, the truth and the life’ (John 14:6). Outside of him, mankind is lost in moral and spiritual darkness. Let’s silence the lies in our lives starting with us. Then, and only then, will we be able to spread the truth to others.