Finding Truth in a World of Lies
by Michael S. Tyrrell
March 23, 2021
We learn by asking questions. By nature, I’ve always been and continue to be inquisitive. As most young children do, when I was a kid, I peppered my parents with all kinds of questions. I never wondered if the answers I was hearing were the truth or not. If Mom knew the answer, she told me, and it was true. If she didn’t know, she’d tell me and that was accepted as well.
My knowledge was built on truth and trust.
So how do we know what to believe in a world where the news and social media outlets decide for us what news stories and information will be shared? Some stories are plastered everywhere while others are either not covered, labeled as fake, are buried, or removed altogether.
All that swirling can make us dizzy and confused. It’s enough to make us want to pause and think…think for ourselves.
We know that bad news sells. Bad news also instills fear when it’s propagated and repeated. Fear paralyzes our ability to reason and problem solve, so we wait to be told what to do next.
So let’s set a foundation where we can plant our feet and be able to dispel lies from truth.
For that we’ll need to go to the source of Truth. Jesus.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” ~ John 14:6
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
~ John 8:32
Jesus also told us we have an enemy and that this enemy is a liar and the ruler of this world.
“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me.” ~ John 8:44-45
“I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so the world may know that I love the Father…” ~ John 14:30-31
From this we know that Jesus is and speaks truth. We also know that the devil is the prince and ruler of this world and that he will NOT be telling us the truth.
So how do we use this knowledge to differentiate truth from lies and navigate through these times we live in? We’ll talk about that next week.
Stay tuned. Until next time…
Michael S. Tyrrell
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