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 lawlessness1Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8 KJV, 2 Thess. 2:9-12 tells us: “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness 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 damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” Disobedience and deception walk hand-in-hand. So be ready, not only in your mind—in the head-knowledge of God, but in your action—in your relationship with Him. Then you will be ready for the trials to come.
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.”