We think that a lie is a lie and the truth is the truth, but life is not always so black & white. There are many shades of gray (no book pun intended) that culturally cloud us to what is true and what is right.
It’s very easy to lean on culture to give us truth rather than the Bible. Our culture has strong teachers….TV, Radio, Movies, online…Media and Social Media in general is a huge cultural teacher about what is true. I really like Twitter…it’s quick….you can get your ideas out there….you can quickly get ideas from others…..you pick who you follow without the need of them having to follow you…..it’s perfect for stalkers! Anyways, people throw out there truth daily…..sometimes it’s opinionated truth that is relative to the person….sometimes it’s opinion on scripture….sometimes it’s nonsense but all the while people are being taught, then becoming teachers of culture.
So what are some good lies with some truth in them?
Let’s look at Genesis first…..Satan in the garden of Eden.
1 t The snake was sneakier than any of the other wild animals that the [Lord] God had made. One day it came to the woman and asked, “Did God tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?”2 The woman answered, “God said we could eat fruit from any tree in the garden, 3 except the one in the middle. He told us not to eat fruit from that tree or even to touch it. If we do, we will die.” 4 “No, you won’t!” the snake replied. 5 “God understands what will happen on the day you eat fruit from that tree. You will see what you have done, and you will know the difference between right and wrong, just as God does.”6 The woman stared at the fruit. It looked beautiful and tasty. She wanted the wisdom that it would give her, and she ate some of the fruit. Her husband was there with her, so she gave some to him, and he ate it too.
There was some truth in what the snake said to Eve. (I still can’t understand why it was normal for a snake to talk in the first place.) No, you won’t die and yes you will understand the difference between right and wrong…….that’s all true. They didn’t die physically and yes after they both understood the difference between right and wrong. Okay here’s the lie….just as God does. God understand the difference between right and wrong from a Holy perspective. Adam and Eve understood the difference from the sinful perspective. They become wrong…they became sin…that’s how they understood the difference. They were without sin, and then became sin. I’m sure if Satan had been completely honest with them he would have said….you will understand the difference between right and wrong because you will….feel the shame of being naked and need to cover yourselves, you will hide from God whom you previously had perfect fellowship with, you will be cast out of your home in the garden…you will begin to work hard to survive….you will have horrible pain in child birth….you will have to sacrifice innocent animals to cover your sins which will begin small but grow into a massive spiritual issue…and no you won’t die now but you will die due to your wrong. So just as God knows the difference between right and wrong you will too, because you will have lived both.
Now if Adam and Eve would have known the full story…the whole truth….I think this world would be very different. But that’s the same questions we are faced with every day. Do I believe the lie…or search for what’s true. (slight Matrix reference.)
- That’s just the way I am. I learned it from my parents and I can’t change it.
- I’m not beautiful the way God created me.
- I’ve got this under control….
- My value is based upon my job and how much stuff I can acquire.
- I have to perform for people to truly love me.
- No one would love me if they really knew me.
Can you think of others?