These bickerings of opposite parties, and their mutual reproaches their declamations, their sing-song, their triumphs and defiance, their dismal prophecies, are all delusion” – John Adams –
Everyone has told a lie. On that point I hope we can all agree. “Not me brother, I have never told a lie.” Oh Really? Guess what, you just did. And we all heard it! Truth is, we live in an age of lies. They saturate our culture. From Madison to Pennsylvania Avenues and right on down good old Main Street USA, liars abound.
In Oliver Goldsmith’s 1771 play, She Stoops to Conquer, the popular and flamboyant character Tony Lumpkin quips, “Ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no fibs.” The inference of this declaration could easily be interpreted like this, “if you question me, my answer might not always be honest – so, don’t question me.” In other words, we are most likely to “fib” when it is more expedient than telling the truth.
The late Donald James Wheal (1931-2008) made this rather pithy observation: “When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous to them and its speaker a raving lunatic.”
Well now, that just about describes the days in which we live. Lies have become so commonplace that people often perceive those who are attempting to expose what is false by simply telling the truth as hate mongers, bigots, intolerant or just plain crazy. Nowhere have lies become more prevalent than in the world of politics. Surely you must have heard this bit of overused humor, “How do you know when a politician is lying? Their lips are moving!” Wahahahahaha… But, I digress.
The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it” – George Orwell
The Bible speaks often about deceitfulness. The Newer Testament book of Ephesians says that people should, 25“Stop lying to each other; tell the truth, for we are all part of each other and when we lie to each other we are hurting ourselves.” (Ephesians 4:25) That’s good advice. No matter the rational, a lie is always intended to either mislead or protect – usually a bit of both.
Moving beyond the simple lies we often tell to one another; there is a “lying spirit” at work in the world. I am not talking about ghosts, ghouls, zombies, the occult or little green men here. Mankind’s obsession with that expression of the dark side is just another part of the grand delusion. The essence of all that is evil in this world is known to Christians as “the spirit of antichrist”. According to one of the biblical writers, that spirit has been at work in this world for a long time. Keep in mind that this missive, from which I will now quote, was probably written in the ancient Greek city of Ephesus on the coast of Ionia (in present-day Turkey) roughly 2000 years ago:
1-3 “Don’t trust every spirit, dear friends of mine, but test them to discover whether they come from God or not. For the world is full of false prophets. You can test them in this simple way: every spirit that acknowledges the fact that Jesus Christ actually became man, comes from God, but the spirit which denies this fact does not come from God. The latter comes from the antichrist, which you were warned would come and which is already (working) in the world.” (1 John 4:1-3 – Phillips)
The spirit of antichrist occupies the very nature of humanity gone astray. It is this pervasive ambiguous malevolence that hinders the spiritually oblivious from receiving the truth. (Read 1 Corinthians 2:12-14) That spirit of antichrist (aka: the spirit of the world) has so blinded the passengers of spaceship earth that the majority of mankind simply drifts along on the streams of this world’s philosophies, while unconsciously obeying its unseen influences. (Read Ephesians 2:2) The spirit that is at work in this world does not lead people to pursue the truth, it merely gives them a false impression that they are all doing just fine. As a result, much of humanity is traveling through space-time without the benefit of a true spiritual or moral compass. Unable to discern truth from what is false, mankind is easily manipulated by hypocritical liars whose consciences are so scorched that many of them are now incapable of ethical functioning. The New Testament writer, Timothy, put it this way:
1-3 “The Spirit (of God) makes it clear that as time goes on, some are going to give up on the (true) faith and chase after demonic illusions put forth by professional liars. These liars have lied so well and for so long that they’ve lost their capacity for truth.” (1 Timothy 4:1-3 MSG)
The Nations of the world are in great trouble today. Many believe that some have moved beyond the Point of a Safe Return and must now face the inevitable – the Creator’s anger. Just because the Sovereign Almighty (the Master Spirit of Truth) has chosen a prolonged period of outward silence does not mean He will remain inactive forever. Remember this Biblical warning: 31 “The very worst thing that can happen to a man is to fall into the hands of the living God!” (Hebrews 10:31) The Creator will hold all mankind accountable to Himself. He won’t overlook a single detail, believe me.
Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so well established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.” Blaise Pascal
The Bible’s Old Testament offers many great examples that should serve as a warning to all of us. Here are but a few:
14 “Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed.
15 Yes, truth is gone, and anyone who renounces evil is attacked. The Lord looked and was displeased to find there was no justice.” (Isaiah 59:14-15 – NLT)
1 “…The Lord has brought charges against you, saying: There is no faithfulness, no kindness, and no knowledge of God in your land. 2 You make vows and break them; you kill and steal and commit adultery. There is violence everywhere one murder after another. 3 That is why your land is in mourning, and everyone is wasting away. Even the wild animals, the birds of the sky, and the fish of the sea are disappearing.” (Hosea 4:1-3 – NLT)
The Almighty One never changes. Yesterday, today and forever, He remains the same. It matters not how long ago our Creator made his declarations; the Spirit of Truth has warned us exactly what will happen whenever humanity actively and openly forsake His ways (it isn’t pretty and it doesn’t end well).
It’s hard to accept the truth when the lies you’re being told are exactly what you want to hear.” – Unknown
We are most likely living in the latter days; an age of increasing lawlessness where a strong delusion has empowered people to follow the dictates of their own deceitful heart. I need to be frank here. The person who will become known as The Antichrist (the human incarnation of the antichrist spirit) is not beyond your understanding. He will appear on the earth like any other man, except he will have some extraordinary powers that come from the dark side of the unseen dimensions. Here is what the Bible says about his eventual arrival on the bridge of spaceship earth:
9 “This man of sin will come as Satan’s tool, full of satanic power, and will trick everyone with strange demonstrations, and will do great miracles. 10 He will completely fool those who are on their way to hell because they have said no to the Truth; they have refused to believe it and love it and let it save them, 11 so God will allow them to believe lies with all their hearts, 12 and all of them will be justly judged for believing falsehood, refusing the Truth, and enjoying their sins.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)
Yes my friends, these are the times of strong delusion. People are abandoning the foundations of truth to embrace a universal lie. Thankfully, I am neither anxious about the future nor deceived by the delusions of today. I have placed my absolute trust in the message brought to the earth by Jesus the Anointed One. The same Spirit that was dwelling in Him while he visited the earth also lives in me. The Creator is now my spiritual guide. He steers me in the right direction, provides for my every need, protects me from my enemies and is my refuge in these troubled times.
You and I can neither revise human history nor alter God ordained future events. We can however change the course of our own lives and perhaps even influence the trajectory of a few fellow passengers here on spaceship earth. Get to know the real Jesus. He will chart the course to bring you safely home again. Are you ready? Warp factor one… Engage….
Almighty God, speak to those with ears to hear. Open their eyes to see beyond the strong delusion. Let them recognize your voice today – the voice of truth. Let them see the real Jesus. Thank you Heavenly Father. Amen.
Joseph A. Cerreta, PhD., is a noted author, broadcaster, a popular Bible teacher and a rabbid Coastal Junkie ®
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