V RaptureChrist Newsletter
Mark Twain said: "It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”
Why is it so difficult for people who have accepted a lie, to realize they have been fooled?
Usually people start to gain knowledge at a very early age. A child's first encounter with the world that surrounds him comes from contact with his parents/caregivers. He learns to respond appropriately to his environment and therefore be able to survive.
Because of his lack of world experience, a child is more easily fooled. That is the reason that good parents try to protect little children from conniving adults.
As the child grows, he learns to trust the adults that form part of "his world" -- first his parents and immediate adult relatives, then his teachers and other authority figures such as church ministers, policemen, government officials, and news reporters.
By the time that the child reaches puberty "his mold is set." The information that he has gathered up to that point becomes the "truth."
When the person starts to attend a university, he might be exposed to some ideas that conflict with his accepted views. These times of questioning his own values and accepted truths will generate some psychological "anguish", and in those moments the person might do several of the following:
Many will go with number 1 (reject the new idea). It is usually because of three main reasons:
Arthur Schopenhauer, the German philosopher (1788 - 1860) said: "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
Notice that most people do not accept truth, but ridicule ideas that are new. People prefer to maintain the status quo. When you question them, they often prove to be evasive. Also, we find that they rarely even care. Finally, when they have no choice but accept a new truth, they will claim they always knew it all along rather than admit they were wrong.
So, that is why Mark Twain said what he said.
Why does God hate lies?
Lies are a twisting of the truth into a poison. They are not good fruit, but a perversion. Although they may taste sweet, they will destroy you.
Since this is Satan's world, expect a lot of lies from those in power; expect a lot of lies from the news media; expect authority figures to lie to you.
Those are the problems that a baby in Christ is up to when trying to find the truth.
Because you are told falsehoods, the truth is
getting drowned in a river of lies.
Core beliefs are formed before puberty; it is hard to reject them because they form who you are as a person. For example, if you believe you should help other people, then you will help someone if he falls down, but if you believe in evolution, you will not care. Survival of the fittest means you only care about number one.
People that are not flexible in accepting new truths are like old wine skins. The old wine skins are rigid and will not stretch. Christians who are set in their beliefs will find it difficult to accept anything that is new. Old cloth is the same way. It cannot resist a patch of fabric that is new because the hole becomes bigger.
In the same way, if a Christian rejects new truth, his situation becomes worse, and his punishment is more severe. That is why Christ says:
Please do not reject truth God gives you. Pray to God that He will open your eyes.
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