The truth is relatively simple; it is weeding out the lies that makes things complicated. Let me state it this way: The truth is straight and narrow. Falsehood is wide and winding. Whether it be discerning truth and error in a discussion or choosing between right and wrong in practice, the differences are largely clouded by falsehood.
Externally, we are exposed to half-truths, my truths, your truths, and outright untruths that misdirect, miscorrect, fact-check, or otherwise challenge our perception of reality. One truth, many falsehoods.
Internally, we struggle to obey the commandments of God. Hebrews 3:12-14 tells us why, and how we are to overcome: “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;” Unbelief and hardness of heart complicate our view of truth.
In reference to the man of lawlessness
Titus 2:11-15 summarizes the Christian reality and responsibility quite clearly: “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.”
Is the truth easy? No. Is it simple? Only relatively. It may be simpler than the maze of lies, but there is still much to learn of God’s mysterious ways. I leave you with this advice from Romans 16:19: “For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.”
~ Eric Druist, Mailroom
All Scriptures referenced in this article are from the KJV.
Read the related post: “Simple Concerning Evil.”