Saturday, November 27, 2010

Embracing the sliver

Have you ever thought about what a huge advantage falsehood has over Truth?

Truth is incredibly limited. It exists within iron-clad boundaries and has no wiggle room at all. Truth is a tiny sliver of reality in a universe of infinite possibilities.

Untruth, though, can be anything at all.

Here’s a simple example of what I’m talking about.

Everyone knows that 2 + 2 = 4.
Everyone also knows that 2 + 2 does not (and never will) equal 5.

Or 3.
Or even 4.0000000000001.
Nor will it ever equal 17.594 … or 0.136452 … or 44,572.0990213.

You get the idea.

While Truth inhabits only the tiniest part the whole possible spectrum, falsehood resides at every other point.

Because of this, it’s no surprise that most people find at least one of the infinite manifestations of untruth more attractive than Truth. Nor should it shock us that, those who do, often accuse Truth of being “intolerant” or “exclusivist”.

But Truth is still Truth.
And all the rest is still untruth.

And to make things even more confusing, falsehood uses its advantage brilliantly.

Untruth can (and does) transform itself into whatever shape, flavor or texture will best endear it to the desires, preferences and needs of its intended victim.

Well of course it does! The Bible tells us that even Satan - the prince of darkness himself - can appear as a glorious angel of light. When he wants to.

If beauty woos you, that’s what he’ll be. If terror cows you, he can do that too.

It’s no wonder Jesus warned us that the gate which leads to life is a very narrow one.

In the end, the best advice I can give I gave before, and I’ll give again: Be intentionally aware of the things you believe and keep asking yourself where in the Bible you learned them. If you have no answer, reconsider.