How to know truth from a lie.
There is an old saying that seeing is believing. If someone tells us something we can choose to believe it or not. This is often based upon what we know about the person. If they are prone to telling lies in the past, we might be skeptical that they are telling the truth this time. We may in fact want them to show us the proof of what they are saying before we believe them. This unfortunately is also the way we treat God at times. In fact when it comes to real truth and spiritual matters, it is just the opposite with God. Our eyes can lie to us. They are only one of our five senses that we use to decipher the world we live in. But none of our senses can be relied upon to tell us real truth concerning a matter. The Bible says God’s word is truth. John 17:17 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. God’s word can be relied upon to direct us to real truth, God can be trusted to never lie to us, or lead us astray. Hebrews 6:18 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation… God is incapable of lying, his word is truth, through it we can filter what we take in through our five physical senses, and determine the truth of a matter. Satan on the other hand, is the god of this world. He delights in telling lies and trying to deceive the whole world, including the elect of God. John 8:44 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. When we hear or see something on TV, or in the news, our first reaction may be to believe what we are seeing or hearing. Even our eyes can deceive us, but God’s word never will. Satan can make evil appear righteous and good, and good appear evil. He can turn truth into an apparent lie, and lies appear to be the truth. 2 Thessalonians 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. Satan can make you believe what you are seeing is the truth. This is why it is so important to know the word of God, and believe it. Even what we are taught from the pulpit of a church may be far from the truth. 2 Corinthians 11: 3 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. Now more then ever we must filter all we see and hear through the word of God, and determine real truth from deception.