Today truth is a very scarce commodity. People do not want to hear the truth – they would rather hear something that makes them feel good, something they want to believe, something that allows them to relax in their comfort zone. Today, the vast majority of people have great difficulty discerning the true from the false, good from evil, morality from immorality.
We live in a day when governments, politicians, monetary authorities and he media consistently lie to the people and the people are indifferent to these lies, even if hey are vaguely aware they they are being deceived.
Winston Churchill once said:
Most people, sometimes in their lives, stumble upon the truth. Most jump up, brush themselves off, and hurry on about their business as if nothing had happened.
To most people, the world is a jumbled mass of conflicting and confusing ideologies without rhyme or purpose! That is true on the surface – and who today looks beyond the surface, at what is really happening? Very few indeed!
This was a question that even Pontius Pilate asked Jesus almost two thousand years ago:
37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” 38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
2 Corinthians 4:2
Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
2 Thessalonians 2:10
and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
Henry Ford the great auto pioneer put it very well when he said:
“The truth is frequently depressing; the truth sometimes seems to be evil, but it has the eternal advantage, it is the truth and what is built thereon neither brings nor yields to confusion”
We know that politicians and governments consistently lie to their people. Machiavelli said that “it is the purpose of governments to lie to the people the great majority of the time,” and Hitler said, “tell a lie, tell it often enough and the people will believe it.”
That our media lie and manipulate and distort the truth should be obvious to any thinking person. John Swinton, editor of The New York Times, said at a dinner of the American Press Association in 1914: “There is no such thing as an independent press in America … Not a man among you dares to utter his honest opinion … You know beforehand that it would never appear in print. It is the duty of New York journalists to lie, to revile, to toady at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. We are the tools and the vassals of the rich behind the scenes, We are marionettes. These men pull the strings and we dance. Our time, our talents, our lives, and our capacities are all the property of these men – we are intellectual prostitutes.”
A lie cannot stand on it’s own. It must, by it’s very nature, be propped up by another lie. They,in turn, must be supported by additional lies. Such practice very quickly develops into a jumbled mess of deceit and chicanery in which truth becomes increasingly blurred within the passage of time. We live in the“day of the lie,” in the day of the secular humanist, when traditional values of right vs. wrong, freedom vs. slavery, morality vs. immorality, truth vs. falsehood, have been reversed and redefined in secular humanist terms so that Communism is now “benign and harmless”; sodomy is simply and “alternative lifestyle“; and the abortion of 60 million babies is defined as free choice instead of murder. The great majority can no longer discern good from evil nor the true from the false – everything has become a blur of gray.
There is, however, a minority (a remnant) of right thinking, discerning people in every nation who continue to seek the truth and who are willing to defend it and take a stand against evil. This is why the alternate media has emerged – to attempt to preserve truth in a sea of darkness, confusion and falsehood.
With all this being so, the oldest and most reliable source of the truth is the Bible. It has withstood the attacks and tests of the ages. And when confusion and falsehood reign supreme, as they do today, wisdom, discernment, and truth can still be found in history’s most widely read and best selling book. What is truth?
“I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and thefather of lies.
Which way will you choose?
Your rich people are violent; your inhabitants are liars and their tongues speak deceitfully.
1 Timothy 1:10
for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders andliars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine
1 Timothy 4:2
Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.