Why Do Christians Lie?

 

    I stumbled onto this and it hit a nerve, thought i would share.

       Why Do Christians Lie?

~ Anonymous

Rather than the lies for specific situations, this question implies general and ongoing deceit, most likely one of the following complaints:

1. Why do Christians contradict one another?
2. Why do Christians pretend to have all the answers?
3. Why are Christians hypocrites?
4. Why do Christians assert what obviously can’t be true?

These questions are more easily answered if restated with less bias.

1. Why do Christians hold different perspectives?

We’re each speaking the truth we understand, like the blindfolded group describing an elephant as a snake, a tree, a wall, etc. How important for us to work for unity and share information to obtain a whole picture!

2. Why do Christians sometimes share the wrong answers?

We hold all the truth we need in the Bible and in the Holy Spirit. But we’re still learning to understand and apply it, and will continue to do so throughout our lifetime because it is so immense. We tend to fill in the gaps in our understanding with what we think is the truth but later learn to be off the mark. It is important to first ascertain the accuracy of foundational truths, remain teachable about all we have yet to learn, and remember that everyone else is also still learning.

That especially applies to teachers, (as well as people bold enough to attempt Q&A on Christianity and the Bible). James 3:1-2 (NKJV) says this: “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things.”

3. Why don’t Christians live up to what they preach?

Christians can become so excited about how salvation has changed us that we make it sound as if we’ve been made complete. We can start sharing a message implying perfect people rather than invoking the perfect Son of God, Jesus Christ. Although our redemption from sin’s death penalty is complete, learning to live like Jesus is a lifelong process. If we uphold Jesus Who lives inside of us as the Author of eternal Life, we’ll be safely speaking truth. If we uphold our incomplete selves as “Life,” the world may only see a crumbling bit of dying flesh and call it “Lie.”

4. Why do Christians believe the impossible?

Perhaps the harshest physical reality of this world is that the dead don’t come back to life. The definition of a Christian is a Christ-follower anointed with His Holy Spirit, who used to be spiritually dead but has been spiritually resurrected. Once death has been overcome, nothing else God asks of the Christian is “impossible.”

All Comments are welcome.

Latter Day Suddenlies.

For the children of Israel shall abide many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, without ephod or teraphim. Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days. Hosea 3:4,5.

Fear, pachad Strong’s #6342. To be startled, to tremble; to stand in awe; to revere, or fear; be amazed. Pachad expresses a person’s reaction to sudden and startling events that happen and produce trembling. This noun describes something dreadful and awe-producing and is used in many O.T. references.

Israel will tremble in the latter days because of God’s startling, sudden, amazing goodness poured out on them. To fear…His goodness is to marvel at the gracious dealings of God with a people who had rebelled against Him.

Hosea 3:5 shows how positive this Hebrew concept of fear, trembling, and reverence can be. Proverbs 28:14 likewise expresses it also. “Happy is the man who is always reverent (Pachad).”

Fear Of Man, Fear Of God You Choose.

“It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub (A Philistine deity), how much more will they call those of his household!”  “Therefore, do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. “Matthew 10:25,26.

Fear, phobeo Strong’s # 5399. Phobeo is defined as a panic that grips a person resulting in that person running away, to be alarmed, scared, frightened, dismayed, filled with dread, intimated, anxious and nervous.

Our Lord is urging us not to have a Phobeo of men, which is destructive, but to have a reverential awe or fear of God, which is constructive.

“The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be secure.” Proverbs 29:25. This syndrome is up graded in 1 John 4:18, “perfect love casts out fear.”* More on this in a later post.

Yielding to the person of the Holy Spirit will cause us to become fearless. “For God has not given us a spirit (evil) of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind.” 2 Tim. 1:7. As Christian’s  we need to meditate on this very powerful verse which is relatively short but loaded with magnificent truths.

God has not given us a spirit of fear… The spirit of fear often finds a place by reason of one’s natural temperament, but it is not merely a human disposition; it is not from God; it can immobilize and torment its victims, making them feel powerless and alone. It is a spirit of fear!

As stated above in this verse we have the Trinity at work. …but of power (person of the Holy Spirit) and of love (God the Father) and of a sound mind (Lord Jesus).

 

Are You Growing Like A Stall-Fed Calf?

The Old Testament closes with Malachi the last of the twelve Minor O.T. Prophets. The prophet gives to Israel and us the telescopic view of the coming “Messiah,” The Sun of righteousness who brings healing in His wings.

But to you who fear (reverence) My name, the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves. Malachi 4:2.

Healing, marpe’ Strong’s #4832: The reinstatement of health, a remedy, cure, medicine; tranquility, deliverance, and refreshing. Marpe‘ comes from the verb raphe,’ “to heal, cure, repair.” Salvation is God’s rescue of the entire person, and healing is His complete repair of that person, as marpe’ illustrates.

Juxtaposition rapha’ in Psalm 41:4 and 147:3, which refers to healing of a soul that has sinned and the healing of a broken heart.

In Malachi 4:2 the Messiah is compared to a rising sun, which has visible, radiant beams of sunlight streaming outward in all directions. The Arizona State flag has such a design. From each of these beams of glorious light, healing flows.

The Good Confession.

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, o man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:10-11.

Gentleness, praotes  Strong’s #4236.   Gentleness speaks of a disposition that is even-tempered, tranquil, balanced in spirit (personal spirit), unpretentious, and that is best translated “meekness,”  not as an indication of weakness (Caspar Milquetoast), but of power and strength under control (Son of Man- Jesus Christ).

The person who possesses this quality pardons injuries, corrects faults, and rules his own spirit well.