Are You In The Market For Deception?

There are a lot of warnings in scripture about false teachers, false prophets and false Christ’s that would all be totally redundant if there wasn’t a need to alert people to the possibility of being turned from the truth to accept something contrary to the truth.

But not only are there warnings about deceivers, there are warnings about people who follow them. In Jeremiah a commentary on false prophets also turns an accusing finger upon those who welcome their messages: “My people love to have it so”; and Paul writes about people who collect teachers to appeal to their itching ears.

Without a “market” for deception, no deceiver would survive.

It seems today there is little difference between attitudes to theological ideas and the consumption of news. Does it really matter if the source is reliable as long as its message supports a desired stance?

Often it takes only a very cursory (honest) look into a teaching or news source to assess its truthfulness, but unless there is a genuine desire FOR the truth, it is easy to dismiss clear evidence if it contradicts what we WANT to believe.

Likewise it’s easy to ignore serious flaws in a teaching or news source if it’s PROMOTING what we want to believe.

It’s sad fact that many (even professing Christians) really have no love of the truth, preferring to mould a more appealing (to them) version of “reality” to live by.

The Search for Truth (article from Voice of the Martyrs)

David’s father was the local village Imam and held a strict Muslim regime in the family’s home. Like many young Muslim boys, when David turned 10, his father sent him to the local Islamic school where he was carefully instructed in the Koran and Islamic rituals until he turned 16.

Even at the Islamic school the boys in David’s class were taught that there are three holy books apart from the Koran; the Torah, the Gospel and the Psalms. However, the teachers only taught from the Koran. At 13, David prayed that he might find these other holy books. When he finally finished school, he began his search in earnest.

See complete story here:
http://www.vom.com.au/news.asp?pid=1&id=1522&utm_source=Voice+of+the+Martyrs+E-news&utm_campaign=ea629ae1b6-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7ae1061273-ea629ae1b6-328810609

truthTowards the end of the article we read that David “discovered that not everyone had the same thirst for meaning and truth as he did”.

I think that is a very significant statement. It explains a lot of what goes on in both the secular and religious worlds.

It also reveals why so many within the church, people who would profess to being Christians, are so easily led into error and so resistant to recognise it.

How much of a thirst for meaning and truth (especially the latter) do we have? I believe that if we DO thirst for truth, if we genuinely desire it, then God will reveal the truth to us.

Many times I’ve heard questions about those who don’t get the opportunity to hear about Jesus and His gospel – is it fair of God to condemn them for something they’ve never been made aware of. I think David’s example and his observation of people’s attitudes to truth provide a potential answer to this question.

God will get the gospel to those who DO thirst for meaning and truth. God will provide a way for all genuine truth seekers to be made aware of Jesus – THE Truth.*

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*In scripture we see examples of this including Phillip being directed to the place where he’d meet the Ethiopian eunuch; and Peter’s vision that led him to seek out Cornelius.