How much thought do you give to truth? How about the truth to words we hear and speak? If we take the time to investigate many things that we encounter through out our day and what we’ve been told about them, we might begin to see just how much twisted truths and words there are in the world. It has become so prevalent that we don’t know what to eat, who to believe, who to trust, or where to go. We are almost to the point that we can’t believe anything that we read or watch. We even find ourselves telling people not to believe what we say like when we say, “Oh, I was just joking.” That is the same as saying, don’t believe what I just said. Twisted words and words that are twisted. *sigh*
And the kicker is that we like to blame it on “society,” but really it is just our enemy that has twisted the truths. But I wonder if in blaming him, if we haven’t fallen into another twisted truth. Think about it … isn’t it just the same twisted truth that Adam and Eve used clear back in the beginning? Not following me? Let’s take a look:
First there was the real truth – what God said:
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and calamity you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. ~ Genesis 2:16-17 (emphasis added)
Then there was the twisted truth – what satan said:
1 Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden? ~ Genesis 3:1 (emphasis added)
Then there was another twisted truth – what man said:
2 And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat the fruit from the trees of the garden, 3 Except the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. ~ Genesis 3:2-3 (emphasis added)
See how far it progressed? And this is where it began to go wrong. Eventually Eve and Adam eat the fruit … so much for not even touching it!
So let us move forward and look at some other twisted truths. To the ones that we use over and over again in our every day lives still today.
11 And He said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat? 12 And the man said, The woman whom You gave to be with me—she gave me [fruit] from the tree, and I ate. 13 And the Lord God said to the woman, What is this you have done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled (cheated, outwitted, and deceived) me, and I ate. ~ Genesis 3:11-13
Did you see it? Don’t we still do this? Do what you say? We twist the truth within us to make us feel better. In our minds, we lift the blame from ourselves to someone else. We like to use the words, ‘society,’ ‘the world,’ or ‘satan,’ these are our versions of “the woman,” and “the serpent.” Yet, are any of those really to blame? Was it really the ‘serpents’ fault that Eve at the fruit? Is it really Eve’s fault that Adam ate it? Wasn’t it really Eve who lied to herself? Wasn’t it really Adam who lied to himself? Look at what the serpent said again *waits for the scroll up, reading, and scrolling back.* Did you notice something about what he said? The serpent didn’t TELL anyone anything, he ASKED a question. Interesting huh? The deception wasn’t in the form of an instruction, a statement, or even comment, it was all in a question. The problem was in the twisted words of the answer not really in the question.
All they had to do is believe what God said. All they had to do was go back and look for the truth and I’m sure they would have found it. Even if they weren’t sure, all they had to do was ask God and he would have given them truth. But they twisted the words in their own minds.
Is it really society or the world’s fault that we so easily believe the twisted truths fed us? We have so much information available to us, and yet we just stand there, next to the tree listening to what the serpent is asking us. Most often we can find truths for every day living in our Bible, but there are some that we can’t. The scary part is we believe so many twisted truths in our daily lives, we have almost all but stopped searching for the truth. We just move through life without very little thought about what we are really doing.
Do you remember as a child, or if you have kids – your children, always saying, “Why?” “Why?” “What?” “What?” You give an answer to a child and then they question the answer. THEN they question the answer to the question of the answer. UGH! ” 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus said it.
So why? What? Maybe those are questions we should be asking ourselves? Maybe Eve should have ask God, “Hey, what did you say we could eat?”
Shouldn’t we do that too? Why do I do that? What did God say we could eat? Why did he say that? Should we drink milk, soy milk, almond milk? Should we eat fruits, vegetables, meats? Should we eat Beef, Pork, or Chicken? Or if it isn’t in the Bible, shouldn’t we ask, “Why do I eat this?” What is in this? What does this do to my body? What? Why?
What did God say about this or that? Why did he say it? This can help us determine who to believe and who not too. To know what to do and what not to do. Is what they are saying in line with what God says? Yes – Great, trust them. No – Then don’t!
This time of year is a perfect time to uncover many Whys and Whats. For example: Why do we celebrate St. Patrick’s day? Why do we celebrate Maundy Thursday? Why do we celebrate Good Friday? What is the real signification to Easter? What are all those Easter symbols really symbolizing anyway? Did you know that St. Patrick wasn’t Irish, wasn’t a saint, and wasn’t even named Patrick just to start with and that he was a good Christian man that would be appalled by most of the activities typical on St. Patrick’s day!! Twisted words. Did you know that there is actually a Holy Week and several Easter Sundays? Why? What happened to them over the years? Words twisted. Do we ask or do we just go along with the flow of things? Well … um … I … *points finger* isn’t it society’s fault, its just so hard not to …” Sure it is.
Don’t live in the twisted words of society, the world, nor satan. What we should be most watchful of are the twisted words we tell ourselves. If we hear ourselves saying, “It’s okay because …” STOP!!! Is what we are about to say a Twisted Truth? Or if we hear ourselves saying, “He/She made me …” STOP!!! Did they really? Are we twisting the truths to relieve ourselves of blame? We find ourselves right back in the garden all over again, making the same choice Adam and Eve made using the twisted words in our own heads.
Twisted words and words twisted will only serve to twist our lives. The truth … sets us free!
Let me point out a slight, twisted truth that people tend to believe about how Eve took the fruit and somehow got Adam to eat it. Truth is:
6 And the woman seeth that the tree [is] good for food, and that it [is] pleasant to the eyes, and the tree is desirable to make [one] wise, and she taketh of its fruit and eateth, and giveth also to her husband with her, and he doth eat; ~ Genesis 3:6
Did you see the truth? If not read it again. This is the Youngs Literal Translation by Robert Young, an extremely literal translation that attempts to preserve the tense and word usage as found in the original Greek and Hebrew writings. Did you notice the words “also to her husband WITH her?” He was right there. He heard the whole thing.