The Moment of Truth

Remember taking “True or False” quizzes in school?

Can you imagine debating with the teacher that your “False” answers should rightly be acknowledged even though the correct answers for the quiz were “True”?

While this hypothetical seems preposterous, absurd, ludicrous, even insane, unfortunately, it’s not out of the realm of possibility. In fact, it’s quite probable when you consider the state of America and the world-at-large. 

Welcome to your alternate reality, where: right is wrong, and wrong is right; feelings supersede facts; delusion deconstructs reality; debauchery and dysphoria demand celebratory accommodations; science succumbs to the surreal; and intellectual honesty bows to indoctrination. But wait, this stuff is actually happening and in real time. I wouldn’t recommend, however, that you start calling your mother or wife a “birthing person.” If you do, you might wish that you were never born after they give you a reality check.

So how did we get here, seemingly overnight, you might ask?  Honestly, it began long before parents started checking their brains at the doors of school board meetings; pastors stopped preaching about repentance from sin; and generations of college co-eds guzzled the kool-aid from Marxist ideologues posing as professors.

Forget the myth about the frog in a pot of boiling water to illustrate how society has been lulled into a brain-dead, comatose state. Even a frog has enough sense to jump out of an open pot of water when the temperature is heating up. That worn-out analogy simply won’t hold water in the real world.  But then again, these days the real world has devolved into a nonsensical version of its former self.

You could say that the epic battle for truth is as old as dirt. And you wouldn’t be wrong. Since the beginning of time, the evil one’s charade has been on full display—spinning partial-truths and misrepresenting God’s Word and His design for His creation.

The battle for the mind and heart began in the Garden of Eden, when the serpent cunningly deceived Eve, and subsequently Adam, with the fantastical idea that they too could be like God, “knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). Can we agree that experiential knowledge isn’t always as good as what’s advertised?

The world’s first con-artist baited Eve by twisting God’s commands to imply something He never said. “Has God really said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1) When Eve ate the forbidden fruit, she swallowed, with it, Satan’s lure of doubt about God’s truth and authority—hook, line and sinker.

God had explicitly instructed Adam to enjoy the fruit of every tree except that of “the tree of knowledge of good and evil” or “on the day you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:17)

Again, the chief of liars challenged the veracity of God’s admonition, by telling Eve, “You certainly will not die!” (Genesis 3:4) And then, the prince of darkness even purported that God’s motives and intentions for defining boundaries for those He made in His image were not for their good.

Now, when you consider Satan’s age-old tactics in the Garden, his antiquated methods seem quite predictable today. For example, on what authority do so-called medical professionals, educators and government officials defy science and logic and decree that children and adults should know better than their Creator what their gender should be?

After all, God’s Word describes the pinnacle of His creation in Genesis 1:27: “male and female He created them.” And in Genesis 2:24, God’s Word declares: “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.”

Furthermore, when the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973 and ruled in 2015 that marriage is no longer an exclusive sacred union between a husband and wife, it effectively kissed America’s “city upon a hill” distinction as “one nation under God” goodbye.

So, if you have your truth and I have my truth, then whose truth prevails when ours are in conflict? Without a universal, absolute standard of truth, society is reduced to a “survival of the fittest” game of thrones scenario where those with the most power and influence make the rules and dictate their will on others. Seem familiar?

If everyone has their own truth, what is really true and what is false? In other words, how are we to distinguish or discern the real truth from its counterfeit?

I imagine that the more than 100 residents still missing under the collapsed rubble of the 12-story Champlain Towers South oceanfront condo in Surfside, Florida, truthfully thought they were safe and secure shortly after midnight on June 24th. But now we know their truth was nothing more than a false sense of security in the integrity of a 40-year-old building’s rebar-infused concrete pillars and foundation that had long since been compromised.

Conversely, the Psalmist says that those who believe, trust and obey in the “law of the Lord” will be “like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.” (Psalm 1:3)

Don’t be deceived. The only truth is God’s truth. And Jesus says in John 14:6: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”