Synthetic truth, natural lies

Interesting title, huh?

This shouldn’t be a foreign concept to anyone in today’s world. We live in a society with an unnatural amount of input of information. News channels, social media, podcasts, YouTube, news websites, etc. The list seems to grow daily.

I grew up in a time where all of this was in the infancy stage of existence. TV and newspapers were still ruling as primary mediums but were slowly declining from the zenith. The evening news was the highlight for most people during dinner and family time. Personal devices interfering with this neo-American past time were no issue. Therefore, we easily relied heavily on the information given by these teams of people with local celeb status on our local channels.

Fast forward a short decade or two…

We now have gobs of new places to look for what’s going on in our world locally, nationally, and internationally. It’s all accessible now through our personal devices.  It’s quite convenient.

Well, I recently did what I’m sure a lot of people have done, and watched one video on YouTube which turned into a rabbit trail of video after video after video of conspiracy theories. They’re interesting to say the least, and many had compelling evidence of the respective topic they suspected were conspiracies. But the main ones that caught my attention were montages that were assembled using mainstream media (CNN, Fox, MSNBC, abc, and especially Brian Williams as an individual) clips of reporters getting caught lying. Full on, flat out fibbing. I’m sure that doesn’t shock a lot of people, but it really bothered me because it makes it hard to decipher if anything they say now is truth. I’m not implying that I ever expected perfection out of media and not ever hear an occasional unintentional lie, or slight bend of truth. But when you see these montages it’s more than unintentional misinformation! It’s blatant lying.  Here’s just one video I watched regarding Brian Williams.  Some of you may have already known about this but it shouldn’t make it any less impactful.

“Well, what’s your point?”, you may ask, “Everyone knows the media lies and misinforms.”, you may reason. My question is when did this become acceptable?  When did the media, or whoever is calling the shots behind the scenes, decide it was best for us that truth isn’t good enough nor beneficial? Obviously not everything broadcasted is a lie, but we have to consider the bigger picture. If they are willing to lie about one thing, there must be a goal for them to get us to focus on.

“But you’re just being paranoid and a conspiracist.”, you may imply. Let us reason more about this then.

A simple rhetorical question can get us thinking in the right direction.  Why would they lie?…  Entertainment value?  Ratings?  Race baiting?  Global agenda?  Is the need for an answer to this question even valid?  In my opinion, it is a definitive NO!  I wouldn’t suggest wasting time on looking for an answer…  The rhetoric, for me, has helped loosen the grip of trust that I have had in our mainstream media for worldly updates.  The more I think about it the more I feel myself coming to my senses, as if I’m being de-programmed from a way of thinking that was subliminally uploaded to my consciousness throughout the years by people I don’t even know.

Stick with me and let’s switch notes for a sec, then come back to the “lies” part…

As a believer in the Jewish God(יהוה), Jesus(ישוע), and the Holy Bible I unabashedly and undeniably believe every detail, every jot, every tittle, every word, and all things in between to be the unshakable truth of The Living God. Believing is one thing… but understanding is another that is gained through study, meditation, and revelation. To believe this way means I must adjust my misunderstanding to fit what the truth is. That means if I see something contradictory in God’s word there has to be an explanation that matches the unchangeable truth. I have to settle in my heart that I won’t always get it right and that I must be the one to change my view when that happens, and not change the truth to fit my view.  If I do not feel the need to change and align myself to the truth, then it is not wrong to say that I would expect the truth to change and align with me. Savvy?  That may already turn a lot of you off to the rest of this blog entry but bear with me, please.  I am only trying to help you think for yourselves.

Why do I feel it is important to believe the way I do about God and the Bible being the unchangeable, unshakeable, undeniable, and many more UN—-ABLE’s?…  Because for the simple fact that there has to be only one absolute truth.  “How could you possibly know what you believe is the absolute truth, you speak of?”, I’m sure the offended reader would ask.  Well, my answer to that is irrelevant for this particular blog entry.  My goal in saying that is to bring the very nature of the word truth to the forefront of your mind.  This word in and of itself is an absolute.  A lie, however, is not an absolute.  To explain further, you must understand the concept of what truth is.  Truth is not debatable.  It is what it is and nothing can change it.  How I perceive truth does not change truth.  You can not bend truth and it not become a lie.  Truth goes beyond what is seen and felt, and even what we believe to be truth.  In essence, there is an ultimate truth that is fixed and unchanging.  I can keep going on this but I hope the little bit mentioned has helped at least spark your interest of examining the concept of truth.

So, getting back on track to the mainstream media falsehood.  There has been an example set to influence people to not only believe lies, but also to become liars themselves, accept the lies as truth, and spread the information like a virus. If you argue that this is a croc of crud and don’t believe it, I pray your eyes will be opened for your own sake.  To further reveal my intent, I am not trying to lay out every lie told so that we can weigh the balances and determine the level of evil we’re dealing with.  I want to see people set free from the debilitating disease of not being able to think for themselves.  Even some of the new news people I have watched on YouTube such as, InfoWars, Next News Network, and Israeli News Live, do not have my full trust.  If I see a topic intriguing enough to investigate I will do so in a manner that gives me the ability to make a decision for myself.  This is not cynical, nor hateful, it is natural.  What is unnatural is turning to your favorite news channel (or wherever your trusted source is) and watching it as if they will never give you anything but the truth.  This unfortunately also goes for the pulpit at church, too.  I am fortunate to have a pastors and a mentor that I trust, but the church as a whole has let in the wolf in sheep skin and has listens to every word he says.

Ultimately, the point of this entry is to try to get people to understand the need for truth, and to hopefully allow lies to become abhorrent and completely unacceptable to them.  There is a war against truth unlike ever before.  People have just shrugged lies off as something normal and acceptable, but at their doing so they allow the lies to be a part of their lives and they allow the lies to continue.  Do not become part of that society.

Psalm 51:8, “Surely You desire truth in the inner being.  Make me know wisdom inwardly.”

Psalm 4:7, “Wisdom is supreme! Acquire it!  With all your acquisitions, get understanding!”

From Death To Life

John 5:24- Jesus said, “Amen, amen I tell you, whoever hears My word and trusts the One who sent Me has eternal life. He does not come into judgement, but has passed over from death to life.”

This passage is simple.  It is elegant.  It is the plan of salvation spoken in a confident statement.  There is great focus on the things to come in the afterlife once our bodies exude their last breath.  It is only natural as a believer to wonder what streets of gold look and feel like, or what Heaven may smell like, or what our relatives whom are already there are experiencing, and what age they may look like there.  So many things to wrap our attention around and look forward to.

Yet, while it is a good thing to hope for and desire, we may easily lose sight of the good things we have been promised while we still possess the dust God created man with.

This scripture, spoken by whom many believe is the Jewish Messiah and the Son of the Living God, makes certain that the promise of the life He is referring to begins in this lifetime once belief in Him, and the One who sent Him, is established.  This very statement spoken by Yeshua is rooted so deeply in the culture of the Hebrew people.  The very meaning of the title of their language means “to crossover”.  Let us divulge in this a little further with a Hebrew lesson.

The word (transliterated of course) “Avar” (עבר) is the word for crossover, or also pass over.  The Hebrew word for the Hebrew language is pronounced “Ivrit” (עברית).  Even though it is pronounced differently you can easily see just by looking at each word the first three letters are the same. (Hebrew is read from right to left)

This is engrained deeply in the basis of our faith.  All the way back to Abraham when ADONAI spoke to him and said, “Get out of your country, and from your relatives, and from your father’s house, to the land I will show you.” (Gen 12:1), and Abraham obeyed and he, “Passed (the actual Hebrew word is ויעבר which is translated “and he passed”) through the land…” (beginning of Gen 12:6).  Also, the very action of the nation of Israel crossing over the river Jordan to possess the land promised to them by ADONAI.  This concept is unescapable!  The very words Yeshua/Jesus spoke in John 5:24 is something His disciples had to have immediately understood as soon as the words left His lips.  Oh, the hope they must have felt in their hearts!

Back to the here and now…  Though these words give us hope in the Day of Judgement that we will inherit what we truly do not deserve as believers, we must grasp a greater involvement of that promise while we still trod this planet.  By no means on any level is this to berate anyone who thinks about Heaven and life after death.  It is merely an attempt to convince that heavenly things pertain to life on Earth as well as in Heaven.  “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

The crossing over process begins here on Earth.  If there was nothing beyond the point of crossing over then The LORD would be justified in taking each one of us out of this planet right at that moment.  However, as consistently seen throughout the entire Word of God, we see that crossing over is simply just the beginning of our new found life in Him.  For those of us that have been walking this walk for a long time it is easy for us to look back and see that the crossing over is the easy part.  Much like not remembering being born and only remembering childhood in segments, we can find it similar in our faith walk in the sense that our earlier years seemed much easier and effortless.  Maybe it was because we didn’t know enough to have knowledge get in between us and Messiah.  Or maybe it was because we actually knew how to apply our freedom properly before bad doctrine creeped in.  Either way, hopefully the point is made.  The life lived AFTER crossing over is what our legacy will be and what we will be judged on.

There is so much to explore in this life in Him.  Have we even scratched the surface?  Why do we think there is a limit to what we can experience in Him while we are still on Earth?  Does God work in mysterious ways?  Of course those questions are meant to be rhetorical.  I think a better question is why do we believe God would hold anything back from us when He said He would give us everything through His Messiah.  He made us rightful heirs to it all!  Romans 8:17 “…heirs of God and joint-heirs with Messiah…”; Galations 3:29 “And if you belong to Messiah, then you are Abraham’s seed– heirs according to the promise.”; Galations 4:7 “So you are no loner a slave but a son– and if a son, also an heir through God.”… and many other scriptures involving heirship.  Not to mention the countless teachings of what constitutes the rights of an heir.  Being heirs, we have a right to ALL the things of God.  He will withhold no good thing for those who walk uprightly with Him!(Psalms 84:12).  We have already inherited it all!  It is not said that we have to wait for those good things till we get to heaven!  Eternity is now!  Do not believe for one millisecond that God is disconnected!  Cultivate heaven in you by prayer and worship!  Till the ground for the new seed to be planted!  Pursue the harvest!  Trust that He will reveal to you the good things He has for you!  His plans for you are as specifically for you as your fingerprints are!

Do not revisit the death you were raised from.  If it comes looking for you, do not bow your knee to it.  The Life in you is stronger and more powerful!  Will a dead lifeless body every be able to compete and overtake a strong lively healthy body?  There is no contest!

Yeshua/Jesus showed us the possibilities and won it all for us.  He did not leave us empty handed, or even with just a little bit.  He left us with it all and even more sent us The Helper!  The very Spirit that is in Him!

Creation eagerly awaits the revelation of the sons of God(Romans 8:19).  The sons of God are already inhabiting this planet and have for thousands of years.  Maybe once we all understand and believe that who we are on this planet, and who we will be in Heaven, are the same person, then and only then will we be revealed to creation.

– From Death To Life