- Matthew 24:4
- And Jesus answered and said unto them, "Take heed that no man deceive you."
These words were spoken by Jesus Christ Himself, after His disciples came to Him asking about the end days, the second coming.
And He warned them, that they should take heed that no man deceives them. The same way he is warning us today, that we should take heed that we don't fall for deceptive lies which look like truth.
A deceptive world
The Bible says that the devil is the god of this world; the prince of the power of the air. He is the ruler of this fallen world.
- 2 Corinthians 4:4
- In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
- Ephesians 2:2
- Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
- John 12:31
- Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out
The Bible also calls satan the father of lies; when he lies, he speaks of his own character for there is no truth in him.
- John 8:44
- 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 the Bible says that satan is the ruler of this world, it means that he is directly involved in all the systems and the processes of the world - education, governance, finance, media, fashion, trends, etc. He pulls strings behind the scenes on the direction that these systems and processes take.
If satan then is directly involved in the systems of this world, and the Bible says that he is a liar; then it is only logical to expect to see his signature (lies and deceit) in the things happening around us. And so it is.
There is a lot of deception in this world. Everything is upside down: evil is now good and good is now evil; light is darkness and darkness is light. Most things are not as they seem and most of the things we believe as truth are most likely lies.
Let's consider an example here:
The Theory of Evolution:
Have you ever asked yourself why evolution is taught in schools as truth when it is just a theory?
It has never been proven without a doubt that one species can evolve into another species over time but yet this is taught worldwide as real, valid science. There is literally NO verfiable, repeatable evidence for evolution.
Evolution says that man evolved from monkeys (or some kind of primate) by evolving sequentially into different other species (the in-between) to become the modern man. Well, there are visible huge evidence for the monkeys and also the humans (like you, for instance) but there is literally no evidence for the in-between species. And it has never been proven that monkeys can become human over time.
Actually the reason why the world is always looking for 'big foot' is because he is the supposedly proof of the in-between species between monkeys and man. But just like they made up evolution in their heads, they also made up 'big foot'.
However, if evolution was true, it would apply to both animals, plants and all kinds of organisms on earth, right? Evolution is not selective.
So, let me ask you: If evolution was true, how much time and how many apple trees would I need to cross breed before I started harvesting, eh, bananas? Or how many goats will I crossbreed before I start getting chicken?
Do you see the stupidity and fallacy of this theory? And yet it is taught in schools as 'real science'.
Why then would satan bring up such a theory to be taught at all schools in the world? What is its purpose? What does he really want to achieve?
This has actually a really simple answer, in three parts:
- To hide and discredit God as the creator. To remove Him from the picture. There is no place for God in the evolution theory.
- To discredit the Bible and make it look false especially the creation story as recorded in Genesis 1.
- To make you think that you have no creator and hence no purpose - that you are just a result of random chance. This also removes the idea of judgement and so you can think that you can do whatever you want without repercussions.
I hope you now see why this false theory is taught in schools.
And by the way, you CANNOT be a Christian and also believe in evolution or big bang or any of that fallacy.
Check out this article for more of this: Flat Earth: Why it matters
Truth vs Lies
This then brings a very good question: Since we are living in a deceptive world, how would we know what is true and what is false?
Well, you would argue, "My heart knows; my instincts are always right"
And I would answer:
- Jeremiah 17:9
- The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Are you really going to trust a heart that is deceitful above ALL things?
Someone else might answer, "I know and I know that what I believe in is the truth"
Then I would answer:
- Proverbs 16:25
- There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
So if we can't trust our minds (what we know) and our hearts (what we feel), who then can we trust?
How about our pastors or our friends? Well, they are fallen just as we are.
Listen first; then judge
Before you judge whether a matter is true or false, you have to hear it out first. Consider carefully the arguments against it and for it. Compare carefully the two sides - then decide for yourself.
Like the example of evolution above, don't believe me. Put your beliefs aside and go out unto the internet or into a library. Do your own research, read widely, consider carefully the arguments given for evolution, consider those against it, carefully analyse the evidence - then come to a conclusion: Is this matter true or false?
Learn to listen first as you may learn something new before you judge a matter.
The writer of Proverbs actually said the same thing:
- Proverbs 18:13
- He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
Learning from the Bereans
- Acts 17:11
- These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
The Bible talks of the Jews at Berea. These Jews were more noble than those at Thessalonica because of two very simple reasons which we can all emulate:
1. They received the word with all readiness of mind
These Bereans received the word gladly with readiness of mind - like sponges in water. They put aside all their beliefs and knowledge and followed through with the speaker; with no pre-occupation with previous theologies and teachings.
They were ready to listen, ready to hear what was being said. They understood what was being taught and noted it all down.
2. They searched the scriptures daily to see if those things were so
The teaching as taught was then compared to the scriptures for authenticity. They diligently searched the scriptures daily and compared it to the teachings given to see if that teaching was true.
They went through the teaching line by line, thought by thought and compared that teaching to the scriptures. The scriptures were the standard, the fire through which the teachings were tested as gold.
And if the teachings tested true, they were accepted and adopted into their lives. But if not, they were thrown out as falsehood.
The Bible is supreme
In whatever matter presented to you by anyone, the standard is the scripture. The Word of God has the final say.
Like I said in this post: Flat Earth: What does the Bible really say?
"One of the things that Christianity demands is the supreme authority of the Bible. The Word is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16) and therefore is supreme. If two ideas conflict, the Bible stands true - irrespective of our knowledge, our feelings, or anything for that matter."
And if what you believe in does NOT match up to the scriptures, then it is false and you have been deceived by the enemy.
Bring everything you know, everything you believe in unto the light of the scriptures and all falsehood will be made manifest.
Do not blindly trust anyone, not yourself, not myself as I write this, not the church, not the school system, not history. Do your own research, compare ideas, bring those ideas into the light of the Word and all falsehood will be brought out like shining a torch under a bed to reveal the dust and cobwebs there-under.
Jesus says 'Take heed...' because you are personally responsible for what you believe in. It is your responsibility and in your power to test whether what you believe in is truth or lies. God has provided you with the means and the resources you need to know and differentiate between truth and lies. Starting with the Holy Spirit who dwells within you, then the Holy scriptures plus the men and women of God around you.
You may choose to ignore all of this and continue believing in the devils' lies - but remember, ignorance is no defense. You will be judged by what you did out of your own free will.
Read more about free will in this article: Free will and Christianity
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