Jesus is the Truth! There are professional liars.
Paul is clear that I can be clear about what is going on. I can know the truth because I know Jesus.
The Spirit makes it clear that as time goes on, some are going to give up on the faith and chase after demonic illusions put forth by professional liars. These liars have lied so well and for so long that they’ve lost their capacity for truth. They will tell you not to get married. They’ll tell you not to eat this or that food — perfectly good food God created to be eaten heartily and with thanksgiving by believers who know better! Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out. God’s Word and our prayers make every item in creation holy. ~Apostle Paul | 1 Timothy 4:1-5 (The Message Bible)
Why is it so important to understand and embrace the concept of the absolute truth of King Jesus in all areas of life (including faith and religion)? Simply because life has consequences for being wrong. Giving someone the wrong amount of a medication can kill them; having an investment manager make the wrong monetary decisions can impoverish a family; boarding the wrong plane will take you where you do not wish to go; and dealing with an unfaithful marriage partner can result in the destruction of a family and, potentially, disease.
God loves us and gives us the Truth in His Son Jesus. God demands I face the truth and change my way of thinking (aka repent). God is good and everything He created is good. It all serves a purpose.
I am to be thankful. I am to be grateful. Jesus sets me free to see the truth. I must reject the message of the professional liars.
A couple of things to remember about the truth.
- “God will pay back to each person according to his deeds justly, as his deeds deserve: to those who by persistence in doing good seek unseen but certain heavenly glory, honor, and immortality, He will give the gift of eternal life. But for those who are selfishly ambitious and self-seeking and disobedient to the truth but responsive to wickedness, there will be wrath and indignation.” | Romans 2:6-8
- “Love is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked nor overly sensitive and easily angered; it does not take into account a wrong endured. It does not rejoice at injustice, but love rejoices with the truth when right and truth prevail.” | 1 Corinthians 13:5-6