ostrich2How long does it take for a lie to become truth? It seems that everywhere we turn these days, truth has become to many, a burdensome and loathsome obstacle, in the way of unpardonable behavior. The solution for the erring and ungodly is to diminish the effects of truth by diluting it to non-existence. Make a good thing bad enough, long enough and in the eyes of the wicked (those who hate truth), good becomes evil and evil becomes good. God through the prophet Isaiah pronounced a curse on this: Isa 5:20  Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! One of the words so frequently used today to convey this is the word “hate”. Now the true haters (those who are lovers of self, full of envy, strife, deceit, maliciousness, etc., read Rom.1:28-32), are quick to proclaim that anyone who opposes their behavior is a hater. They have slowly but tenaciously turned those who teach truth about their sinful behavior into the false perception of mean spirited and hateful individuals. With time they will use “hate crimes”, laws against hate, to incarcerate and persecute those who uphold truth.

Since the very beginning this has been the ploy of Satan, substitute truth with a lie. Jesus said he (Satan) is the father of lies, lying is his very nature (John 8:44). We should not therefore find it at all strange that evil people will lie to justify their means. It is by their very nature to lie and believe in lies. It’s always amazed me that some people believe or buy into the ideas of UFO’s, Bigfoot, 9/11 conspiracy theories, Elvis walks among us  to name a few. When a certain individual entertains such notions it often leads to benign curiosity. However, feed that curiosity enough and before long it grows into fixation. Once fixated or tickled by the lies, you will begin to believe that there may actually be something to it. The threshold has been crossed.  The desire to make that which is false true, has become reality.  Elvis is alive! (you’d be shocked of how many people really believe this.)

During World War II, Juan Garcia was what we call a double secrete agent. He hated facism and communism and longed to be an agent for the British but they rejected his offer. He then solicited the Germans and was accepted. He went to work immediately providing the Nazis with just enough truth (harmless to the allies) to garner their trust. While living in  Lisbon he portrayed himself as a member of the Spanish National Socialist Party and very carefully played the Germans with deception while helping the British with inside information. He became so good that he was the only person during WWII to receive medals from both  sides. Eventually the British incorporated him into the MI5 and utilized his trust among the Nazis to help in the invasion of Normandy in June of 1944. The Germans so trusted their agent that his reports of a great invasion coming to Calais, France (the actual invasion took place on the beaches of Normandy) was heeded.

When people set out to believe in lies, God will make sure you get what you wanted. 2Th 2:11-12  Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,  in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.  The Germans had believed in lies to such degrees that they took pleasure in them, and this was their undoing.

As God’s children we are expected to stand up and defend His holy truths. We must work to feed ourselves with these truths and spit out the lies. How long does it take for a lie to become truth? As quickly as it takes for you to entertain its notion.

Darryl Fuller