Starting from the Point of a Lie…
Posted on July 1, 2020 by Catey Stover in Freedom Fighters
Have you ever been lost? We all have. We have all received some directions that we relied on to complete a task or to travel to a location, only to find out that the information was flawed. And because we trusted the incorrect info, we ended up someplace other than where we intended, all because we started from the point of a lie.
I know we don’t like to think that way, that something we were told was a lie, but regardless of how we gloss over the word, the information provided us was false and misleading. And, even if the person who passed the lie on had good intentions, still, the information was corrupted, placing us in the wrong position.
Probably the biggest lie we savor is thinking we don’t need to put God first and filter everything else through our relationship with Him. How often do you seek God as the priority in the decisions you make? I am referring to when you’re first faced with the circumstances, not after you screwed up… How often do you apply basic biblical principles to the choices that you make? Why is it we think we can navigate this life without consulting the author and the Creator of life itself? Another lie, related to this topic, is thinking just because I don’t ‘believe’ something, our opinion makes it invalid. The truth doesn’t care about your feelings; the truth, by definition, is ‘that which corresponds with reality.’ Just because you cover your eyes like a two-year-old playing hide and seek with a parent, thinking they can’t see you, so you must not see them, the truth never changes, you are both still here. You will only be frustrated and lost because you chose not to accept what is true and real.
Another lie we believe is thinking God is like us. We attempt to give Him meaning and purposes based on our desires and limited understanding. This is drastically faulty thinking. God is Absolute Perfection. He is in a totally different classification than mankind; we are created beings, and He is the Creator. It is like saying the artist and the painting are the same thing. That is logically inconsistent and incoherent with reality. Starting from the point of this lie will lead us away from the light into a very dark place.
I like how C.S. Lewis explains God’s holiness or Perfection in “A Lion, A Witch, and a Wardrobe.” When Lucy asks about Aslan, “Is—is he a man?” Mr. Beaver responds sternly, “Aslan, a man! Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea. Don’t you know who the King of Beasts is? Aslan is a Lion—the Lion, the great Lion.”
“I’d thought he was a man. Is he—quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.” said Susan, “That you will, dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver; “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”
“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy. “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” Holiness is dangerous and powerful by its very nature. It is only safe when entered through the way the Holy God prescribes, any other way, and you shall surely die.
John tells us that “God is light, and there is no darkness in Him” (1 John 1:5), meaning God is pure, holy, and without corruption. In Him are perfect love, perfect truth, perfect beauty, perfect justice, and complete peace. God does not choose to love you; He loves you because it is His nature to do so. God’s word is not a truth, among other beliefs; it is ‘The Truth’ because ‘Absolute Perfection’ thought it. Therefore, when we believe and rely on anything other than God’s Word, we would be starting from the point of a lie. Let me say that again, if I were to choose anything other than God and His Word, I would be accepting something imperfect, and in doing so, believing a lie, or if it makes you feel better, an inconsistency. Regardless, one microscopic separation from the ‘truth,’ lived out over time, will place you somewhere other than you intended. This is what impacted Adam and Eve at the Tree in the garden. They were told by God not to eat of it, or they would surely die. They chose to reject God and His Word. This laid the foundation for all their decisions afterward to be established not in reality but on their imperfect understanding, which is limited in knowledge and perspective.
There is no ‘almost’ or ‘close one’ when dealing with Perfection. The requirement for entering God’s presence (heaven) is “to be Holy as He is Holy” or Perfection. Therefore, you either place your trust in His perfect plan of Salvation and draw near to Him through Jesus, wearing His righteousness, or choose anything else and be excluded by your own choice.
I pray you start today from the point of Truth, which is God’s Word, and find rest in His presence forever. There is hope, and His name is Jesus.
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
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Written by David Brown: David Brown is a husband, father, grandfather, Pastor with a Masters of Religious Studies and a Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions. Dave is the Associate Pastor of Pemberton’s First Baptist Church.
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