ARE WE GETTING THE WHOLE TRUTH??
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The Gospel.......and the Truth of this World
Where does Jesus and His Gospel stand In a world of half-truths, distortions, spin, 'constructive exaggeration' and downright lies?
'.....When he (Satan) lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.'
(John 8:44, NIV)
Ever listened to a news report and thought, 'Hmmm! I feel that there is much more to this...' I think that we all have! Sometimes one just gets the inescapable feeling that one is being 'fed a line'. I used to be naive about these things. I used to think that a BBC news report, for instance, was the untarnished truth; we could stake our lives on it! In the old days, of course, news reporters were utterly forbidden to add anything to the news reports which they had to read; they just read the news, often in quite a dry and deadpan way. In the case of television news (but much less so on radio news because it is obviously more restricting), we have now entered an age where most newsreaders are allowed to use telling little voice stresses, sighs, sniggers and knowing glances to colleagues to convey what they may personally feel about what they are reading. Yet that is 'small fry' compared to the blatant and distorting political/moral/philosophical biases of the various newspapers and journals!
We have long since entered an age in which theories, whether they be political or philosophical, are considered more important than the truth! Whilst I remain sceptical about most of the conspiracy theories which are going around, it seems to me that there are nuggets of truth in many of these, but too much exaggeration and distortion has been added for you and I to ever get at the truth. Yet I now really do feel that the public are often being 'fed a line' which is in the best interests of powerful men and interests which lie just beneath the surface, and just beyond the area where even the most dilligent investigative journalist can successfully penetrate. What the public see are politicians (electable in the democratic West), but we don't necessarily see very powerful influences and opinion-molders who continually apply behind-the-scenes pressure to those visible political figures. ( Click Here for an example of how certain leading British politicians quietly moved behind the scenes - out of the public glare - in the 1960s to turn the UK into the permissive and liberal society it has now become).
In fact, the whole concept of people moving behind the scenes to enact major changes in society is nothing new!
Lets look at an example or two:
Several hundred years ago certain plotting men (the sort that both the apostles Paul and John warned about before they died) gained control of the instituitional 'Christian Church' - they came in, spoke the right smooth-sounding words, and managed to gain control. They were not true men of God, of course, they were much more politicians and social schemers - they saw a certain power and influence in the instituitional Church which they wanted to grasp and use to enslave people and hold these people under their power. Having hearts which were empty of true love for God, they attempted to compensate by adorning themselves in colourful and expensive robes, they gave themselves 'high-sounding' titles, they built grand-looking edifices in order to impress. Of course, this meant distorting certain doctrines so they could use them, but they had no problems with that because they were not true men of God (of course, some true Christians certainly did become involved in all of this, but mainly at lower levels). Things gradually developed until, by the time of Martin Luther and John Calvin, the established 'Church' had turned into a monster, a receptacle of every evil and heinous sin. The people had had the truth withdrawn from them and had been fed with a religio-philosophical theory containing just a few elements of that truth; in their thousands, the people fell for this.
Around 200 years ago our adversary again stirred up the hearts of certain men and women to substitute lying theory for truth: it was time for Philosophical Naturalism to make a grand entrance into our universities. This led - in relatively short order - to the introduction of the heinous lie of evolution; certain people (operating mainly behind the scenes) plotted to replace Christianity with Evolution as the Grand Vision, or great motivating scheme or paradigm of society. Many of us, looking back, find it almost too incredible to fathom how a theory which is not only unproven but incapable of being proven (or even demonstrated!), could ever have been accepted right across society especially by those people (university products) generally considered to be society's great 'movers and shakers'. Today most people are afraid to publically repudiate evolution because they are afraid of loosing influence and prestige. Many politicians (I have been reliably informed) will privately admit that evolution is little short of a farcical concept which should now be jettisoned, but would refuse to say this publically because of the terrible loss of prestige they would suffer and the terrible (and predictable) attacks from the press; they fear (probably correctly), that their careers would be ruined. By the way, I just noted a TV 'plug' for a forthcoming program; Its called 'Neanderthal Man' and this program is (apparently) going to tell us everything "we now know" about 'Neanderthal man' (quite odd since even an increasing number of evolutionists no longer believe in such a 'man' - most television "science" is years out of date!) My thought is that if we are going to be told "Everything that scientists now know about Neanderthal man" that should be a 30 second television program! You could get it on the back of a postage stamp!! Yet I will guarantee that the upcoming TV program will last for one whole hour and will be 99.9% speculation, presupposition and assumption - none of it truly scientific.
We are now fed with so many distortions of the truth, and in so many areas of life, that we are even becoming confused regarding what constitutes "Truth" - Things have got so bad that whenever I now hear politicians 'singing from the same hymn sheet' (after all, that is not their normal way!), I immediately get suspicious. One current unproven theory which an amazing number of politicians and media outlets are beginning to avidly support, is a thing called 'Global Warming' - we are being told that 18th-20th century industrial pollution, (plus our own private use of refrigerators and aerosol cans!!) has led to a situation in which the world's climate is out of control, we are all getting warmer by leaps and bounds! If any environmentalist does not support this position, he or she will be subjected to the sort of pressure which could lead to them losing their jobs. Okay. Now let us understand a few things:
The world's climate has previously gone through both colder and warmer periods; there is variation, there always has been - nothing new! There are actually many (not a few) climatic experts who repudiate the whole Global Warming theory: they can produce figures which show that certain parts of this world are now actually colder than they once were - not warmer. These particular group of experts are almost never quoted however, except derisively - this makes me suspicious that there could be some hidden agenda behind the current Global Warming fanaticism. It is almost impossible to argue logically with some of these people since (rather like devout evolutionists) they are quite prepared to abandon all the principles of logic as they scream out (highly selective) statistics: If a winter is warmer, then guess what? that "proves" their point. But if a winter is wetter? hey, that too "proves" their thesis! But what about recent winters in certain places which have had much more snow than usual? No problem, that too (somehow) "proves" their argument! These people are full of the 'researcher's effect' - what is that? That is the fact that most researchers who are already committed to a point of view always (oddly enough) 'find' what they are looking for! In spending, probably, thousands of dollars in surveying parts of the ice surrounding Antarctica, they are finding (guess what?) large slabs of ice breaking off, drifting north and then melting! Yet in the opinion of many other climatic and meteorological experts this has probably always happened - its just that nobody has ever before spent thousands of dollars... just watching it!! Here is physicist Gerald Marsh's view of Global Warming. If you want to know more about other research which states that Antarctica is actually cooling, go Here.
I am not necessarily saying that there is no present warming of our world overall - after all, it has happened in the past - but that the behaviour of some of these people suggests to me some hidden agenda. The global warming theory may be much 'smaller fry' than the taking over of the leadership of the instituitional church by morally bankrupt politicians, or by the taking over of higher education by bitter and angry God-haters (evolutionists), but - in some smaller way - it is an example of removing the truth of a matter, or the desire to arrive at the truth of a matter, and then replacing that with an imposed theory which - on a world-wide level - people are then pressurized into accepting; we should always be suspicious when we find this.
At present, our western societies, of course, accept the grand lie of permissive liberalism, moral relativism and 'political correctness' - this unholy mix, we are being told, is the best way ahead for any enlightened society in the 21st century. Of course, the truly major lie which lies behind this philosophy is Practical Atheism (just live your life as though there is no God). May I implore all Christians to withdraw from any acceptance of such a philosophy of life which, whilst it strives to always sound so eminently reasonable (our adversary is very cunning), is actually a poison of the most bitter (and potentially eternal) kind.
Where do we first find evidence of the philosophy that experimental theory has more validity than truth? You may have read it a hundred times, but please carefully read the following Scripture with me once more:
'Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"
The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'
"You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened.....' (Genesis 3: 1-7, NIV).
Now here is the first ever "scientific experiment" held because of doubt concerning the Word of God! God said one thing, but (under the influence of Satan) Eve decided to experiment. Satan had not wholly lied (just not told the whole and entire truth!), and indeed, the inspired text says that the first couple did indeed have their eyes opened (verse 7) following their anti-God experiment. They now discovered human knowledge - apart from the revelation of God! And mankind has continued on this path. The truth about God was rejected by the first couple and replaced by a theoretical and experimental 'scientific' approach: so, the very first satanic lying theory was:
God cannot necessarily be trusted, best to test and experiment for yourself! Whether knowingly or unknowingly, the first couple rejected truth and the opportunity to have a personal relationship with God in favour of the experimental/theoretical approach to life. And throughout the pages of the Old Testament (and indeed throughout human history) we see the acceptance of this principle in action: God might be there, but who is to say what His will is, and who will He accept? Best to test things for ourselves!
So are we getting the whole truth?
It is impossible for us to get the whole and entire truth in a society which has rejected the revelation of Almighty God! The experimental/theoretical approach is - at best - interesting, but is often deceptively evil, and the Great Adversary of mankind (Satan the Devil) often uses this approach to influence naive men and women against God.
The great lie of Satan is that men and women can - of themselves - be the deciders and evaluators of all knowledge, whether moral, religious, philosophical or scientific: the whole human race has swallowed this great lie and all human societies are based upon it.
Under direction of Satan himself, we have stolen - YES, STOLEN - a responsibility and prerogative which belongs to God alone.
2,000 years ago Jesus of Nazareth pointed out the way to re-establish truth within human existence:
'....Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."' (John 8:31-32, NIV).
Robin A. Brace, 2005.