News reports abound. But are they accurate? In this digital era, fake news has become a real thing. We need to be able suss out the truth so we won’t believe a lie.
But sometimes, lies are easier to believe than the truth.
I encountered this multiple times as I read through Jennie Allen’s fabulous book Get out of Your Head. The Bible study with the same name is an excellent journey through my favorite book of the Bible: Philippians.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.Philippians 4:8 KJV
The key to believing the truth begins with knowing it.
Recently, in my Read Through the Bible plan with YouVersion, I encountered something that made me consider this reality once again.
Because they received not the love of the truth2 Thessalonians 2:10b KJV
Immediately, I wondered, “Do I love the truth?”
I grew up in church. After making two professions of faith, I was saved in October 1999. I read my Bible and attend church weekly.
But does that mean I love the truth? What does loving the truth look like?
I kept reading, and Paul says the people who didn’t love the truth “believe a lie” (1 Thessalonians 2:11b KJV). There is only the truth or a lie. If I don’t love the truth, I’m susceptible to the lie.
In context, these verses are talking about the antichrist and end times, but I think they can have a broader application. We are often more willing to believe the lies we tell ourselves than the truth God has given in His Word.
Allen’s book is all about replacing lies with truth. And furthermore, choosing to replace the lying thoughts with true ones.
The only source of truth is God’s Word. I need to love it more. Then it will be easier to believe the truth rather than the lies our enemy whispers to our minds.