truth vs lies

Have Lies Become Your Truth?

15 March 2024

3.9 MINS

Have lies become your truth?

If you tell a lie often enough, it becomes your truth. Since the first lie needs defending, you add another lie, and so it goes on.

So first, we accept the lie, then we promote it, then we legislate it, and then we celebrate it.

This is the situation we are now in. Lies are everywhere and so commonplace that they are accepted as truth. Those who question are labelled delusional and deceived, even evil.

It is said a person can choose their own biological sex. This is nonsense. You may be able to alter your physical appearance, but fundamentally, your genes determine your sex.

Another is that love means tolerating, even embracing, what is evil. The lie that morality is anything you want it to be. The lie that right is wrong and wrong is right.

When a person’s lies become their avowed truth, there are myriad ways of spreading, promoting and enforcing their lies. Never before in the history of mankind has the ability to spread lies been so prevalent.

Deception

But we shouldn’t be surprised. The first humans were deceived when the serpent came to Eve and said: “Did God really say…?” First, doubt, then acceptance of the deception, then downfall.

Is this how we came to our present situation? The deceiver is very crafty and appeals to our truth to cause us to doubt. Such suggestions as: To be loving as God commands, you must be tolerant and accepting of everyone. To be critical is ungodly.

Well, that may be true. But we are called first and foremost to be holy as God is holy. To shun evil and work hard at discerning the truth from God’s Word. To reject evil is not unloving. We can love the sinner and hate the sin. But hate the sin we must.

When Cain’s offering was rejected by God because He detected the jealousy brewing in Cain’s heart, He gave Cain a warning:

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?
If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?
But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door;
it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
~ Genesis 2:6-7

Just as Satan deceived Eve, so he worked in Cain’s heart. Anger gave rise to bitterness; bitterness took root and drove Cain to murder. It started with a thought that was not rejected.

Even the great Apostle Paul wrestled with this. He describes [in Romans 7:24-21-25] the war within him and how he overcame it.
We are warned in Ephesians 6 to put on our spiritual armour so we can stand against the devil’s schemes. Another passage warns us to be alert — the devil is prowling around seeking whom he can devour.

Oh, what hope is there for us when we are bombarded with so much fake news and surrounded by those who accept evil as good?
We must be discerning in what we watch and what we listen to. This is no time for complacency. We must take every thought captive.

Israel

As an example, a great lie currently circulating is that Israel is illegally occupying Palestinian land and committing war crimes. Several cases have been launched in the International Criminal Court and applications to the United Nations. Some of the world’s top lawyers are being paid handsomely to promulgate their case.

An excellent explanation of the arguments is presented by Andrew Tucker, an Australian international law specialist who established a think-tank contributing to the development of freedom and justice in the Middle East based on the rule of law.

Like other lies normalised in our society, the lie that Israel is not a legally sanctioned state is accepted by many and constantly reinforced by the Islamic states.

That the Jews are indigenous to Israel is proven by history – both Jewish and Roman, as well as archaeology. Israel is the only safe place for Jews to live, which is why, in fulfilment of ancient prophecies, they are returning to their sacred homeland.

The Hamas leadership has allowed lies to become their truth, and they are using all possible propaganda to perpetrate their version of truth. This includes their latest weapon of ‘lawfare’.

Our own Prime Minister is currently involved in this web of deception. He has been reported to the International Criminal Court ‘for participating in genocide’ for his alleged support of Israel.

Look to God

So, with a biased press and so much fake news, how are we to distinguish the truth from the lies?

Our first resort must be to pray. Pray for guidance. Pray for truth to be revealed. Pray you will have an open mind and not be bamboozled by all the noise. Pray for wisdom in your response to each situation.

Through the pages of scripture, pray you will find the prophecies being fulfilled and those yet to be fulfilled. Many claim we are in the last days before Jesus’ return. If this is so, how can we interpret current events?

Above all, follow the advice of Peter.

“For, whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
~ 1 Peter 3:8-12 (NIV)

Our second resort must be to ask questions. Does it make sense? Does it come from a reliable source or an identifiably biased one?

Am I hearing both sides of the story? Do I understand the context and the history of this news?

Am I just following the prevailing trend without taking time to pray and use my own analysis?

It is not easy. It takes effort, but it is an effort well worth pursuing if we are not to be led astray and fall victim to lies and misinformation. When you find the Truth, the benefits are eternal.

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Photo by Markus Winkler.

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4 Comments

  1. Kym Farnik 15 March 2024 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Thanks Teri. This is a much need item.

    On the subject of Israel ‘occupying’. We need to look at the truth and that is their legal status. The key item coming from the League of Nations before 1945 and brought forward to the UN.

    What is Article 80 of the United Nations Charter?

    Article 80 of UN Charter was the result of their efforts. The Mandate for Palestine was thus duly recognised by the UN. This measure guaranteed that Jews had the unalterable right to live anywhere in Palestine, in the region between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

    Aside from the League of Nations signing into international law the undeniable right of Jews to create their own sovereign state in Israel based on historical and ancestral rights, Article 80 of the United Nations (UN) Charter is equally as important to acknowledge. When the League of Nations dissolved, the United Nations was shortly formed afterwards. In 1945, at the San Francisco Conference, Jewish leaders came forth to ensure that the Jewish rights to Israel were secured.

    The Mandate for Palestine was thus duly recognised by the UN. This measure guaranteed that Jews had the unalterable right to live anywhere in Palestine, in the region between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Even today, this legal right allows Jews to live anywhere in Jerusalem, Judea & Samaria, and in Gaza.

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) reaffirmed the meaning and validity of Article 80 in three separate cases; the dates included 1950, 1971, and as recently as 2004.
    Eli M. Hertz, an expert on Israel notes, “Professor Eugene Rostow concurred with the ICJ’s opinion as to the “sacredness” of trusts such as the “Mandate for Palestine”:
    “‘A trust’ – as in Article 80 of the UN Charter – does not end because the trustee dies … the Jewish right of settlement in the whole of western Palestine – the area west of the Jordan – survived the British withdrawal in 1948. … They are parts of the mandate territory, now legally occupied by Israel with the consent of the Security Council.”

    “Under international law, neither Jordan nor the Palestinian Arab ‘people’ of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have a substantial claim to the sovereign possession of the occupied territories.”

    Arabs were never granted political rights under the Mandate for Palestine, only Jews. The reason for that is because Arab political rights were granted in 4 territories: Iraq, Lebanon, Transjordan (later Jordan), and Syria.

  2. Jim Twelves 15 March 2024 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Terri, magnificent! Thank you. I am wrestling with what is the ‘real news’ these days. It is harder than ever to discern because, as you say, ‘the noise’ of ‘fake news’.
    However, I find it ironic, and challenging, that if we find a credible source of information on social media, the algorithms suggest more, more of the good stuff!
    But then, if we simply ‘hear’ what we think is ‘real news’ for a season and nothing else, I find that even that becomes ‘tainted over time’. It is a daily pray fight and Ephesians 6 is the key.

    • Teri Kempe 15 March 2024 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much for your feedback, Jim. We are so blessed to have the One source of Truth – The Word – who is alive!

  3. Countess Antonia Maria Violetta Scrivanich 17 March 2024 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    If a Lie is repeated often enough , it becomes the “Truth “. We must now be more than ever on guard because politicians love to lie and once we let them take away one of our Freedoms, they will come back for more until we have no Freedoms !
    There is nothing worse than the Great Lie which almost destroyed my husband and I in 2006/ 2007 . We had refused to sell our property to Developers who then did a 13 page secret Report to Police to have us removed under The Mental Health Act as dangers to ourselves and the community so that we would become the Wards of the State and our property be sold to them at a pittance, but, Ian had never been to Vietnam , and , I was certainly not committing suicide, etc! After causing us lots of Property Damage, 2 years in court, destroying all our savings and health, they were evicted by the Tasmanian locals off the Peninsula . The stress killed my beloved husband and I still live rough without basic amenities at age 80 next month.

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