Just recently, a scientist in France decided to report the filming of the birth of a brand-new star. They are called Novas or in some cases Supernovas. The word indicates that a star is shining very brightly in the heavens and then slowly becomes normal. Several people who saw the photograph that had been taken by the scientist questioned its authenticity. Some said, "That does not look right; something is going on here." Pressure on the scientist to tell them more, he finally confessed that he had taken a PICTURE WITH A MACRO LENS OF A PIECE OF MEAT THAT WAS BEING PREPARED FOR BREAKFAST IN HIS OWN HOME. The reported star was nothing more than a SLICE OF SAUSAGE. And in that manner, another lie was exposed. It could be called, "A trail of lies!"
The Bible records the tragic story of how lies came to this world. Rev. 12: 7 tells us that War broke out in Heaven, Michael (another name for Jesus) and his angels fought against the Dragon (Rev. 12:12 suggests that he is the devil) and his angels fought. Verse 9 reveals that the devil was cast out of heaven with those who supported his lies. Gen. 3 informs us that the devil who was expelled from heaven came to this earth which had apparently been recently created and fell into conversation with Eve in the Garden. The devil asked Eve which of the trees in the Garden, they could eat of. Eve, likely curious that a serpent was talking to her, explained that she and her husband Adam could eat of all of the trees except the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. (Gen. 3: 3) Eve explained that if they ate of that tree which was in the middle of the Garden, they would die. Satan's reply was a Big Lie. He replied in Verse 4-5, "YOU WILL NOT SURELY DIE BUT YOU WILL BE LIKE GOD, KNOWING GOOD AND EVIL." At that moment Satan became, 'The Father of Lies! In Gen. 5: 5 we read of the death of Adam, "And all the days of Adam were 930 years and HE DIED." This shows us that Satan is a LIAR AND CANNOT BE TRUSTED. He lies in order to deceive us and once that happens, he eagerly attempts to destroy us. I Peter 5: 8 warns us, "Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR." And the devil, the father of lies has been lying throughout the Great Conflict with Christ. Eager to create doubt in our minds, he lies about the great doctrines of the Bible.
He tells us that the Ten Commandments, the only part of the Bible written with the Creator God's own finger has been done away with or nailed to the cross. But in the Book of James which was written after the crucifixion of Christ we read, "For whosoever shall keep the whole law and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, "Do not commit adultery, also said, do not kill... So, speak and so do as those WHO WILL JUDGED BY THE LAW OF LIBERTY." This shows us that Satan lied about the Ten Commandments. Of course, he has lied about every single truth that is taught in the Bible. He lied to us about Creation suggesting that the world came into being through evolution. He lied to us about death suggesting that when a person dies, he or she goes immediately to heaven or hell. In I Thess. 4: 13-18 we are told that when Jesus comes the Second Time to the Earth, He will raise the righteous dead at His coming. Rev. 20: 5 explains that the rest of the dead (the wicked dead) will be raised when Jesus comes down later with the New Jerusalem. He has also lied when some say the wicked will burn endlessly. Again Rev. 20: 14 reminds us that death and the hell of the grave will become the 'second death'! I like Ps. 37 which carries a theme of the destruction of the wicked. Read that Psalm carefully and you will see that the wicked are cut off (verses 9, 22, 28 and 38) and will be no more (verse 10). Later in the chapter it says, "They will be broken" (verse 15) and will "perish" (verse 20). What a great chapter that refutes completely the gross lies of the devil regarding the punishment of the wicked. Their punishment will be swift and final, and they will NOT BURN ENDLESSLY! These are just a few of the many lies of the devil. Beware!
With the influence of the father of lies, lies have become more prevalent in our world. Fredrich Nietsche said once, "I am not upset that you lied to me; but I am upset that from now on, I cannot trust a word you say." The trail of lies in our world today seems to be getting bigger and longer than ever before. Can we trust our government or are they lying to us? Can we trust the media that they are reporting the truth to us? Were they lying about the pandemic? Are we getting the truth from Hollywood, You Tube, or whatever is on the Internet? Is climate change the gospel truth in our world or is it a big lie? With lies and lying so common in our world today, many are beginning to wonder. Let me remind you to use a lot of caution in the world today. The father of lies is actively seeking those whom he is eager to destroy. On the other hand, we can trust the Lord Jesus who tells us in John 14: 6, "I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME." Blessings to each of you,
Pastor Wayne Easley/written on August 10, 2022/Harvey, North Dakota