Do You Love the Truth?

Few people realize the importance of this question.  It addresses a condition which determines eternal life and eternal death!

How can that be? you may ask!

I made that shocking statement because I have read the Christian Bible several times in the 42 years since I got down on my knees in desperate broken hopelessness and asked Jesus Christ to take the mess that I had made of my life and do something good with it.

One of the passages of Scripture which grabbed a hold of me was  2 Thessalonians, Chapter 2, verses 8-10:

2Th 2:8  Then the lawless one will be revealed. The Lord Yeshua will slay him with the breath of His mouth and wipe him out with the appearance of His coming.
2Th 2:9  The coming of the lawless one is connected to the activity of satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,
2Th 2:10  and with every kind of wicked deception toward those who are perishing. They perish because they did not accept the love of the truth so as to be saved.

So you see from this passage that people perish because they did not accept the love of the truth so as to be saved.  Saved from what?, you may ask.
  Saved from their sins - is my understanding. 

But you may say, "What does that have to do with me?  I am saved from my sins because I am a good person, or because I have prayed 'The Sinner's Prayer', or because I faithfully attend church, etc., etc.  In response I ask this:  "Are you sure that you are saved?"

Before you answer, consider these two examples:

First, John 8:31  Then Yeshua said to the Judeans who had trusted Him, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly My disciples.
John 8:32  You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free!”
John 8:33  They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s children and have never been slaves to anyone! How can you say, ‘You will become free’?”
John 8:34  Yeshua answered them, “Amen, amen I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
John 8:35  Now the slave does not remain in the household forever; the son abides forever.
John 8:36  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!

These Judeans were either ignorant of their present national circumstances and of their national history, or were too embarrassed to admit the truth, so they told Jesus that they had never been enslaved to anyone!  How about the historic exiles in Egypt or Mesopotamia, or their current (at that time nearly 2,000 years ago) occupation by the Romans?  Jesus missed a really good opportunity to ask these Judeans who these Romans were.  Are they on vacation in your land?

Anyway, it was clearly untrue that these Judeans had never been enslaved to anyone.

Second, consider the 'messenger' of the congregation of Christians at Laodicea.  Jesus told His disciple John :

Rev 3:14  "To the messenger of the church in Laodicea, write: The amen, the witness who is faithful and true, the source of God's creation, says:
Rev 3:15  I know what you have done, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot.
Rev 3:16  But since you are lukewarm and not hot or cold, I'm going to spit you out of my mouth.
Rev 3:17  You say, 'I'm rich. I'm wealthy. I don't need anything.' Yet, you do not realize that you are miserable, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. "

This messenger at Laodicea was apparently deluded, or a liar, saying that he was rich and wealthy, and not knowing that he was miserable, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked!

Based on this example, even though this 'messenger' may have truly believed that he was rich and wealthy, it was simply not true.  I suspect that this was because he had never received the love of the truth to be saved from his delusions.

So you see, a person can believe that he or she is a lover of the truth, but not be in fact a lover of the truth.

With this in mind, I have taken up the habit of occasionally asking Jesus, Who said that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life (Gospel of John, Chapter 14, Verse 6), to save me from all my delusions and other untruths which affect my life.  That has been a rewarding and humbling prayer to pray - at least in my experience.

So, again I ask you, dear reader, have you received the love of the truth in order to be saved?

And I encourage you to answer that most important question prayerfully, and be careful not to lean on your own understanding!!

Truth Or Consequences?

The passage in 2 Thessalonians 2 referred to above shows an alarming consequence to not receiving the love of the truth:

2Th 2:8  And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the breath of His mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming,
2Th 2:9  whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th 2:10  and with all deceit of unrighteousness in those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, so that they might be saved.
2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie,
2Th 2:12  so that all those who do not believe the truth, but delight in unrighteousness, might be condemned.

Did you notice the consequences?  Those who do not receive the love of the truth in order to be saved get 'strong delusion' from God that they might 'believe a lie' and be condemned!!

Dealing with God is the most serious business of all.  May I suggest that you do what I did and get down on your knees and beg for the love of the truth for yourself and everyone else, confess the sin of believing lies, and beg for mercy!!  He will not turn away anyone who honestly begs for mercy!!