Published October 16, 2014
In order to find the first falsehood to disgrace the earth you have to go all the way back to the Garden of Eden. Lying on this earth started when Satan, as a sly, subtle, slithering snake, said to Eve, “Ye shall not surely die.”
With those condemning words Lucifer attempted to negate what God had said about eating the forbidden fruit. In essence he insisted that he was telling the truth and that the Almighty was lying when He said, “Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”
Jesus said of Satan, “for he is a liar and the Father of it” (John 8:44). Satan not only lied to Eve at the dawn of creation but he has inspired falsehoods and fabrications in every generation since his first appearance on Earth.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines lying as “telling an intentional falsehood, which indicates a manipulation.” Sir Walter Scott exclaimed, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave … when first we practice to deceive.” Leo Tolstoy stated, “Anything is better than lies and deceit.”
The Bible says, “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord” (Pr. 12:22). For example, evolution is a big lie. Genesis 1:27 declares, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Mankind is created in God’s own image.
Psalm 8:5 says, “For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.” In fact, it takes far more faith to believe that man evolved from some amoeba than it does to believe that God created him.
While Richard Dawkins has insisted that his discovery of evolution has enabled him to be an “intellectually fulfilled atheist” it has really done nothing more than express a dismally inadequate view of the Creator God of the Bible who is the author of all that exists and “in whom all things hold together” (Col. 1:17). Dawkins’ misunderstanding or denial of creation theology and his embracing of the big lie of evolution is his way of justifying his atheism.
Another big lie is universalism, the philosophy that all roads lead to God and eternal life. It sounds so tolerant and loving to proclaim that all religions are equally valid and that they all ultimately lead to heaven. The exclusivity of the Gospel and the belief that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven is considered politically incorrect and too narrow a view for today’s sophisticated society.
One universalist pastor, Scott Alexander, proclaimed, “Every human being is a child of God – quite naturally possessing their divine parent’s inclination toward goodness and right, and therefore unavoidably drawn toward heaven and health by God’s all-powerful and encompassing love.”
That sounds good, but it is a big lie. The Bible says, “Enter in at the narrow gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be who go in that way. But narrow is the gate and hard is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matt. 7: 13-14).
There is scarcely anything more wicked than a preacher who would lead his hearers away from the truth with a heretical message. The Bible speaks of “ungodly men [who] turn the grace of God into lasciviousness, and deny the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 4).
Unfortunately, many politicians have been known for being purveyors of prevarication. There is the old question: “How can you tell when a politician is lying? When his (or her) lips move.” That is a tired old cliché, but it may be more accurate than we want to admit.
We know that Richard Nixon lied about his involvement in the Watergate scandal. We know that Bill Clinton lied about his tryst with Monica Lewinsky. We know that George H. W. Bush lied when he said, “Read my lips. No new taxes.”
Some have said that President Obama is a weak leader, but I think he is a smart leader who is managing to impose his questionable agenda upon the American people with incredible success. The promises about affordability of the president’s health care program, the mixed messages about the attack on the embassy in Benghazi, the campaign promises about transparency in his administration seem empty and void of reality to many. So, his Pinocchio moniker may have been assigned to him with good reason.
In his 1925 autobiography Mein Kampf, Adolph Hitler advocated the “big lie.” He wrote, “… in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters, but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.
“It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation.”
Joseph Goebbels, the minister of propaganda in Nazi Germany, expanded Hitler’s comment by adding, “The big lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
But here is the primary point of the editorial. Because of the rapid descent of our nation it is apparent that the world knows how to lie better than the church knows how to tell the truth.
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