Monday, June 29 2020
Most folks watching the events of the day are no doubt wondering like me; what’s next to make the world scene? Many years ago a guy was being interviewed in California during some very tragic events said; we have earthquakes, a deluge of rain, mudslides, and then he said; what’s next; locusts? His thoughts concerned Biblical proportions, no doubt. It seems sometimes when bad things happen, it comes in droves. With the mass media we have nowadays, bad news travels far too fast, what was once a localized story; can become a worldwide event. And that is part of the problem I see in our day and time, before stories can be corroborated as to accuracy and truth, the story has already hit the wire and opinions have been formed, the juries of the world have passed their judgment, good or bad, results follow.
The title to this article is taken from the infamous words of one; Pontus Pilate. The occasion was when at Jesus’ trial, He stood before the Roman Governor and was asked the now famous words; “What is Truth”? If you have ever read the account, take note, Jesus never told him what truth was. At that point, Pilate turned and went back out to the crowds and said; I find in Him no fault at all. It may be debated why Jesus didn’t answer Pilate, concerning the word truth; perhaps it was because Jesus had already given the answer prior. Jesus said He was the way, the “truth” and the life, no man comes to the Father but by Him. And two thousand years later I now find myself asking the same question, but modifying it a little, does anyone care what truth is anymore? I have been around for over seven decades, and I have witnessed this personally, truth has been cast down, denigrated to the trash heap of time. When I was a kid growing up, truth meant something, a good tanning of the britches if dad caught me in a lie, or eating a bar of soap if I lied to mom. There was a time when a man’s hand shake was his bond, he was as good as his word, and he would rather die than renege on his word, (almost). A man’s word/s are only as good as the man who spoke them, I am still that way, the truth must be told, good, bad, or indifferent, you’ll feel better in the end.
We live in a day and time when mass information is at our fingertips, a keyboard and a few clicks, and you can have a world of information before you. One would think with all this information available, we would be the better for it. But the opposite seems to be the normal. Let’s go to an older version of Webster’s Dictionary (70s) to find the definition of truth. The word true and truth go hand in hand; true= that agrees with fact, not false, real, genuine, that can be trusted, faithful, loyal. Truth= the quality of fact being true, honest, sincere, accurate, real facts. As one can see, truth is a virtuous element to ones well being. The Lord says; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. To that I would say; is it possible that people have cast down the truth to their own detriment and are suffering the consequences of their actions? If people are made free by not only knowing the truth, but walking in truth, then people can be in bondage to a lie for rejecting the truth, is that true? This statement is true; so many people tell untruths that they no longer know what truth is. This old one-liner has been around for a long time; if you hear a lie long enough, you will believe it true.
How has this affected not only us as a people personally, but all of us as a Nation? An example; there was at one time a push for what was called; truth in advertising, where you had to fairly represent the product you were selling. I well remember the days in buying a used car; the salesmen would not divulge the minuses of his vehicle as much as the pluses, I’m OK with some of that, just don’t lie to me. Have you ever seen a car broke down on the side of the road with a paper-tag? That can only mean one thing, some poor soul got took, bought junk. This has been rampant for far too long, where is truth in anything? Since media seems to control the masses far more than it should, they have not only a responsibility, but a mandate to tell the “unbiased truth”. I have no ax to grind here, but far too many believe everything they see and hear, that used to be called gullibility. And this has a very negative connotation upon any society. There was an article I read many years ago that said; he that controls the language; controls the people. This is why free speech is so important as guaranteed in the 1st Amendment. When controlled news outlets run biased news, so often, people can and often believe a lie. However when and with counter views, the truth is meted out or exposed, the wise person can see the light of truth and make a quality decision based on actual facts and not illusion. In another source of much misinformation that affects the masses is in the Political realm. There seems no level low enough to reach to get votes, or to stay in office for many politicians. The spinners of lies and mud casting, is at epidemic levels. This has had a devastating effect upon this Country, so much that many “good” people are fed up with the voting system and all those that run for office and departing the system all together. That bodes well for those political proponents that promote free handouts to all who do vote for them. When a people no longer believe what a politician says, they lose faith in the system. I believe that is one of the biggest reasons our beleaguered President has been under such an attack his whole Presidency, he was not a politician, the last thing a career politician wants is non- politician to show he can do a much better job than they can. There are so many examples of lies being promoted it is become epidemic. I just read where a statue of George Washington was toppled and desecrated, the Father of our Nation. This was an act of a select few that have bought into a lie, that somehow this person’s negatives outweighed his pluses; so therefore; he must be removed. And it seems the Authorities have bought into a lie as well, that these vigilantes are nice people, and must all bow down to them, because they are right and all the rest of the decent folks are in the wrong. Yes, believing a lie can place one in serious bondage, maybe a whole Country to a bunch of folks that could care less about our Country.
There are many examples of lies causing some serious side effects that could otherwise have been averted. Is it possible a lie could literally start a world war? I would find that hard to believe, until I saw this on German TV. When President Trump paid a visit to the Leader of North Korea, President Kim, something came out of that meeting that was very disturbing. The News outlet showed a video of what looked to be Pres. Trump; he was talking about the meeting with Kim. And another video was of Kim talking about Trump. What was the problem with that you may as; it was an animated video, neither person said what was said. It was digitally manufactured, all a lie. The Newscasters even talked of the seriousness of such an activity. Putting words in people’s mouths, they never said, incredible. Move the Doomsday clock again if this becomes the norm.
The last thing I wanted to mention about lies is more serious than all I have shared up until this point. There is a lie that has been promoted upon mankind for quite some time, but now in these last days, (Per God’s Word) has gained a lot of ground. The lie I’m speaking of is; there is no God, (big G). This one particular lie has a lot of appeal, people like the idea of no God, no answer to God, and no judgment; just do what seems right in your own eyes attitude. But there is one problem with that thinking; there is God, make no mistake about that. Just like when Jesus was asked; What is Truth; He was the Truth, and truth speaks for itself. Here is another truth, be not deceived, God is not mocked, whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. When we sow a life of lies, we live in an illusion of no consequences, but here is another truth; justice delayed, is not justice denied. The lies that are spoken to the women who seek to terminate the little life within, told it’s just a blob of tissue, a lie from hell itself, it’s a life. This thing about lies and lying has its origin in none other than the devil himself. God said he was a liar, and the father of lies, no doubt the reason that lies are so prevalent. The Lord speaks of a time in end of days when lies seem to be descending to new depths. With the rise of an anti-christ spirit, the Lord says this; and with all unrighteous deception of unrighteousness in them that perish, because they received not “the love of the truth”, that they might be saved. And for this cause, God shall send them strong delusion, “that they should believe a lie”; that they all might be condemned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness (II Thessalonians 2:10-12). Did you notice the part about “that they should believe a lie, because they refused to believe the truth”? It seems that this is what has happened in our day and time. If that is not true, you tell me how in the world people claim a baby almost full term just before birth can be murdered and that is not the taking of a life. What I’m talking about is the willful and deliberate act of receiving lies over truths, it will have devastating consequences.
The truth is, God will judge the people and the Nations of the world. What do you believe; will it be the scientists, the news media, perhaps the plunderers of the land? The world is full of lies and all manner of evil; but, the truth is the only thing that will set you free. Blessings
Pastor Thomas Nosworthy
Light the Way Ministries.