“…and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
We all know, or at least have heard of scams. They are those things when you get a phone call saying your bank account has been frozen but you have to give all of your credit card information over immediately or all of your retirement will be lost. Of course, if you are a student and have not yet begun planning your retirement, you realize that everything being told to you is a lie.
This is the first scenario. A horrible problem that must be solved by you making a flash decision that may change your life.
The second scenario is a little different. Perhaps by an email you receive a not from some person you have never met or hear of, who says they want to make an investment deal with you at no risk or cost. It sounds ‘to good to be true’, if you would.
Now, where I have hit both of these before, it strikes me as odd that it happens at all. You see, my dad really made me think when he said, “the reason scammers keep scamming is because people actually fall for it.”
I think that in this world, we tend to instantly believe in these disastrous claims. Preposterous ideas that are either so bad you must act instantly, or to good to be true. However, if people will ‘fall’ for these scams, how do we tell when something is actually real?
Now realize, I am not suggesting you go and pay some guy with an unidentified accent your credit card info. Not at all. What I am suggesting is that we now live in a state of constant paranoia. To the point where we reject certain ideas offhand simply because of their necessity. Did you know that America and Europe are the only places where people even consider dismissing the supernatural in the acts of everyday life?
In fact, that puts us as a rather odd minority. The rest of the world would never have any qualms with saying that something happened because of a miracle, or some other spiritual intervention.
Yet, for some reason, we assume that answers involving God, the Holy Spirit, angels, or demons, cannot be taken as real because, “there must be a more reasonable explanation.” I have even heard, “you must have a more realistic answer than that.”
Why have we done this? Do we realize that in nearly any other country, the only reasonable, or the only realistic answer would be that someone or something within the spiritual realm had an effect?
Instead, we take religion and spirituality, as if they are a scam. We say, “oh, they are just trying to get me to give allegiance to this or that religion, they just want me on their side.” On the other hand, some people look at religion as “to good to be true”. We say, “there is no way that anyone could actually love me. They don’t know everything, if they did, they could never love me.”
How then, do we accept anything? How can we live constantly pushing away an age old tradition. Do we really think that every human to have ever lived on this earth, was an idiot to believe this? Do we really think so little of history? Why are religious people in history hailed as the smartest people to live? What then?
At some point, those who reject religion have to decide something. They must decide that every human who has ever believed in religion is wrong. Despite millennia of history, experience, knowledge, and wisdom. They must then conclude that they themselves are more intelligent and that they are correct despite the relative minority they stand in.
Similarly, as a Christian, I have to decide where I will stand and how I will stand on my faith. I know that I will doubt. I know that there are people who disagree with me who are smarter than me. What then?
Then I stand on truth. I stand on God’s Word. He tells me that Jesus is not a scam. He is not someone just trying to get fanatics or fans to join an exclusive club. He actually does love me. Even when he knows all and sees all, he loved us while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. What does the truth say?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.”
Eventually, we realize that what we understand about the world is much less then we like to think. Where is our wisdom coming from? People we have never met or known, scientists, or a God who we have a direct connection to?
Think about it.
Be blessed today.