The Lie

These wicked people are born sinners; even from birth they have lied and gone their own way.

Psalm 58:3 NLT

­­Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me. You desire truth in the inward being;therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

         Psalm 51:5-6 NRS

Several years ago it dawned on me in a bolt of revelation: we never had to teach our children to lie! Now maybe your children were different, but for ours getting them to tell the truth was the problem. What is going on?

The scriptures above suggest that lying is inbred, and is, in fact, the heart of what sin is. What does that mean? Why do we lie? We lie in order to try to make reality conform to what we think is our best interest. Why doesn’t reality often do so? That’s for another time. But for now there is something in us which insists that there is no reality (truth) outside of ourselves. We are the arbiters of reality. One has only to look at our society to see that principle run amok. For instance, if I wish to be a woman, then I can make myself so.

The folly of this approach is everywhere evident. Drive your car into a brick wall going 100 miles an hour and tell me that no damage will result. Not even Obi-Wan-Kenobi can prevent  that! Reality (truth) demands that we conform to it and conduct our lives in full respect of it. But fallen humans insist that “I and my desires are the only reality.” This is to tragically “miss the target” (to sin), for God’s target for us is to have truth (reality) at the core of our being. What is that truth? There is a God, and you’re not him!

Here is the problem. I want to rule my life. “Sins” spring from this, but merely dealing with them is not enough. The SIN, the lie, at the core is what has to be dealt a death-blow. Truth must replace the lie. Has it for you?

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