Time was when a man woke up in a beautiful garden and found himself face to face with the One who brought him from nothingness.
It was the first good news he knew.
Then the man found himself incomplete in spite of the myriad of animals and plants, and flowers and trees around him in the garden.
So the One who brought him up from nothingness put him to sleep and when he woke up, the One presented him with a woman, bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh. She was to be his companion, his helpmate.
That was the second good news for him.
Shortly afterward, a serpent slithering on a tree, told them that the One who created them forbade them to eat of the fruit of that tree because that would make them like God, or become gods themselves.
That was the first fake (false) news.
And because they believed the first fake news and not the One who created them, they were let away from the garden.
But the One who created them did not give up on them. He promised he would in time go to the children of their children's children to offer reconciliation and invite them back to dwell with Him.
That was the third good news.
But then the Serpent and his many cohorts prowling the world did not give up either. They told the children and their children's children that they were their own gods and that they could do anything they wanted. They could ignore the One who created them.
That was the second fake news.
Many among the descendants believed the fake news because they wanted to be gods. But there were those who believed the One who bore the third good news.
The Bearer of the good news said to them: “You must believe me. I am the Truth. Believe in and follow me. I am also the Way. And the Light. If you believe and follow Me you will not walk in darkness. And I will give you a garden better than the original garden. This is where I dwell.
But the Bearer of fake news, also called the Deceiver, the Father of Lies, was wily and cunning, like he was in the original garden. And now he is even more wily and cunning.
Many of the descendants, like the first man and first woman, fell into believing the Deceiver.
The Deceiver and his cohorts went around the world and told the descendants: Different men and women believe differently. You must respect their beliefs. So keep the Creator from the schools and public places. Do not mention his name in the public square for you will offend those who do not believe in Him.
That was the third fake news.
From that time on, the descendants of the first man and woman were divided into two camps: those who believe in the One who created their first parents and announce the Good News to others on one hand, and those who make up and spread fake or false news on the other.
The battle of spreading good and true news and the spreading of fake news (lies and deceits) has been waged from man's creation till now. It is a battle between good and evil. It is a fierce battle that will last till the end of time.
We know which will win.
In the meantime, it behooves each of us to take sides.
Which side are you on? Better still, whose side are you on?#
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)