“And the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die.”
The worst lie in our world today is that we can choose what truth is. If that statement were true then Adam and Eve wouldn’t of been banished from the garden of Eden because they could have chosen what was truth and what wasn’t. Here we see the classic example that is relevant with our society today. Adam and Eve (like us all) are bound to one truth that cannot be taken apart to satisfy ourselves.
And because Adam and Eve were bound to the truth they suffered consequences from their actions. To say that we choose our own truth is false. Truth is not an a la carte line where you can see what sounds good to you on a certain day. The truth is the same for everyone, everyday! Sadly our society has taught us to only choose things that look good because then we will know that it is good.
Relying on our feelings to know what is truth and life giving are what I like to call little hopes. Little hopes appeal to you because that is their job. They appeal to you because it provides a way from the Lord (and satisfies our self) and away from the truth. The real truth may not be pretty. The truth is that the truth doesn’t always appeal to what is good to our feelings but it’s the real deal. It lasts forever and we don’t need to keep going back for more to feel satisfied. We are satisfied by what this truth shows us unlike the little hopes. Truth stands on its own without us and that is freedom that it doesn’t depend on us or our goodness. This truth is not just words. The words that we read in the bible fill us and satisfy us because they are different. They are live giving, life breathed, and define what life is. The real truth is not here to make you feel good but to save your life. That truth is the hope and character we find in Jesus.
Truth is not true if its consequences don’t affect everyone. Our society has taught us that we can choose what “feels” right or true to our hearts. The truth of this statement is that our hearts can be led astray. My heart can be led astray by these feelings if I focus on myself and what feels right to me. After all, if something is the truth it cannot just feel right to me. It has to be right for everyone! It cannot be something I like or what appeals to me because the things that appeal to me are based on my feelings.
The truth is that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins. His blood was real and painful because his promise and hope is real!
“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. ” –Colossians 1:13-14