Deceptions and Lies

If we look at, read about, and listen to what is going on around us nowadays, we can see a world in chaos, of conflict. Although everybody sees and hears the same things, they have different perceptions and different opinions on how things are and should be.

Which opinion is right and which is wrong? Or is there a right or wrong about anything at all?

Which brings us to the question: Is adherence to the truth the guiding principle of people in society today? If not, why not?

The answer to that question is obvious. Some just do not exert effort to seek the truth and so do not find it.

But many others are not really in love with the truth. This is because the truth is not in accordance with their objectives or goals. The truth is often unpalatable and can hamper achievement of their agenda. They do not really believe that they are "shackled" and therefore, that the truth shall set them free.

And so we encounter many lies and deceptions in society today. Thus, the conflict, the lack of harmony and peace.

The first deceiver in history is the serpent in the garden of Eden. He was the first broadcaster of fake news: "If you eat the fruit you will not die, but you will be like God." The serpent is the devil, the Evil One. He is the enemy of Truth. He is the father of Lies. He is our Adversary.

Since the triumph of the Deceiver in the garden, man has found himself always being tempted by him with his lies. The history of mankind can be described simply as the battle between what is true and what is false, between good and evil. Man has had to contend with the wiles and machinations of the Evil One. Man also discovers that his weakened intellect and will are at odds with the original goodness implanted in his soul by his Creator.

The scenario in the Garden of Eden continues to the present.

The battle between good and evil goes on today -- in various aspects and areas of human life. Unfortunately, many are not aware of it, or refuse to believe it. Thus, for example, the erroneous perceptions on the sanctity of human life, on the nature of marriage and the family. The Deceiver is at it again. And with a vengeance.

Holy Scripture warns us: "Be sober-minded and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in your faith and in the knowledge that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering." 1 Peter 5:7-9

But it is up to man himself to use his God-given faculty of knowing and discerning to arrive at what the truth is, and having arrived at the truth, to act in accordance with that truth. Doing that may be hard, but God, who created him and made him originally in His image and likeness, has assured man: "My grace is sufficient for you."2 Cor 12:9

And so, we look forward to being able to say, like St. Paul: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing." 2 Tim 4:7-8

The important thing really is to go back to the basics: Why are we in this world? Why did God create us?

The answer is clear: That we may know, reverence, and serve God in this life, so that we can be with Him forever in the next . . . the new Garden of Eden, where God is there, the Way, the Truth, and the Light.

But we must fight the good fight, we must run the race, under the banner of the Way, the Truth, and the Light . . . Christ, our Savior and Lord. If we fight with Him at our side, there is no chance we will fail!#

The Universal Call to Holiness: "All who believe in Jesus Christ regardless of their vocation in life are called to holiness." Lumen Gentium

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