The Cause of All Turmoil

I remember the cartoons of my youth fifty-some years ago.  Frequently when a cartoon character was faced with a moral decision he or she would be shown with a little angelic being on one of the person's shoulders - speaking good moral advice, and a little demonic being on the other shoulder, speaking nasty things to the person.

Now, all these years later, I believe that this cartoon scenario is pretty accurate!  I base this not only on personal observations, but on a little-quoted verse from one of the Apostle Paul's letters known as Second Corinthians, chapter 11:

2Co 11:3  But I am afraid lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds may be led astray from the sincerity and the purity of devotion to Christ.

Led astray.  Deceived.  These are words which indicate that someone is actively deceiving or leading a person astray from God and the truth.

Could it be that there really is a master deceiver who has and is leading everyone astray from God and the truth?  Before you answer that question, please consider this momentous passage from another of the Apostle Paul's letters:

2Th 2:7  For the mystery of lawlessness is at work already; only the one who now restrains will do so until he is out of the way,
2Th 2:8  and then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will slay with the breath of his mouth, and wipe out by the appearance of his coming,
2Th 2:9  whose coming is in accordance with the working of Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th 2:10  and with every unrighteous deception against those who are perishing, in place of which they did not accept the love of the truth, so that they would be saved.
2Th 2:11  And because of this, God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie,
Th 2:12  in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth, but delighted in unrighteousness.

Did you know that there is a love of the truth which a person can receive, and without which a person will not receive any uncomfortable truths?

Have you, dear reader, received the love of the truth?  May I suggest that you take this little test to assess yourself:

1.  Is it easy or difficult for you to receive constructive correction?

2.  Are you able to discern when other people are kidding themselves?

3.  Are you able to discern when you are kidding yourself?

Finally, another passage from the Old Testament, also known as the Jewish Bible, may very well explain mankind's receptivity to delusions and deceptions:

Oba 1:3  The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of a rock, the heights of its dwelling, you who say in your heart: 'Who can bring me down to the ground?'
Oba 1:4  Even if you soar like the eagle, even if your nest is set among the stars, from there I will bring you down!" declares Yahweh.

So, if the Judgment Day really comes, remember that nobody tried to tell you about delusions and deceptions and the love of the truth!

Signed,  Nobody