We are living in a world of spiritual blindness. Deception is often achieved by subtle means. The question “Did God really say ...” and the response to it changed the course of human history. When we as Christians (75 percent of Americans identify with a Christian religion) are ignorant of Biblical truths, then our children are even more vulnerable to deception. Jesus calls people to a relationship, not a religion.
Deception is defined as the act of propagating beliefs in things that are not true. The movie implying 50 shades of grey wasn’t grey after all, as the sequel “50 Shades Darker” implies. If your family of seven was knocking at death’s door near starvation and you had enough grain to sustain them until you could reach a food source, would you instead feed a cow? Sound far fetched? A whole country has embraced that deceptive religion!
Rejecting truth creates confusion. Jesus, speaking to true Christians who would follow Him, said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
What are some of the things that are confusing as a result of deception? There is confusion about gender, education, modesty, the deity of Christ, about what it means to be a Christian, about words. Remember when Bill Clinton said, “It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is?” And there is confusion about a loving God that would allow sinners to go to Hell.
Some people finding Hell to be repugnant say, if there is a God who would allow people to go there, then He himself must be immoral. They act as if they don’t have free will. I too, find Hell to be repugnant. But I find the gracious gift of Heaven inviting and have accepted God’s invitation to go there. Some believe in annihilation, that after death one will simply cease to be. How convenient for those who deny that there are consequences for our actions, for murder, rape, child abuse, homosexuality, lying, selfishness, unbelief, apathy, greed, cowardliness, etc.
We may not be all bad, but none of us are all good. The sin in our lives is repugnant to God (Romans 3:9-24). He isn’t waiting there to condemn us but with an invitation. Ezekiel 18:23;32. “Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live.” These verses show the Sovereignty of God and at the same time man’s free will. His invitation goes out to all, to murders, rapists, child abusers, homosexuals, liars, the selfish, thieves, etc. But sadly, like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, there are many religious people today (thinking themselves righteous) who find it repugnant that the invitation would be offered by God to the likes of sinners such as these (Luke 5:31-32).