“And the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die.” -Genesis 3:4
The worst lie out there today is that we can choose what “our” truth is. Truth is not an a la carte line where you can see what sounds good to you on a certain day. The truth is the same for everyone and won’t always appear or taste like a gourmet meal. Our society has taught us to only choose things that look good because then we will know that it is good. Eventually you will find out that the pretty gourmet meal did not last and pretty soon you will be wanting more, thinking you just didn’t get enough of it. Before you know it you will be feeling worse than ever as you’ve tried all these things that looked good to you.
There are many who don’t think my words are true so let me tell you a story about a girl in her early 20’s.
She was rejected by her parents and most of her family. She couldn’t understand why so many people hated her. All she heard was she wasn’t pretty or smart enough, or that no man would ever marry her. In her family’s eyes she was worthless and had no purpose. During this time a hole started to develop in her heart. This hole could not be seen by others and she never told anyone else about it until she was older. This hole was deep and she was determined to do anything and everything to fill this void so she could be normal or at least feel normal. She followed in the footsteps of King Solomon and that is when it all started: the drugs, the men, the alcohol, the pride, money seeking, power over others. It was a sad spiral soon to be her demise but in the midst of each one of these vices there was hope…a small freckle of hope.
It was a hope of hers that one of these ventures would fill her heart just enough so she could live and feel normal. When these things didn’t work she started reading self-help books. She thought that she just needs to know more about life instead of experiencing any more “promises” at this time. So she read about every religion book she could get her hands on. They each had a similar element in their teaching and even when these elements were small they hooked onto her heart because it made her feel good. These hooks made it feel like that void was getting smaller. That only lasted until the next problem arose. She sought out this newfound knowledge to learn how to escape without being a casualty. It never worked though because these things helped for a little while but she never felt free…she never found the real truth. These other little hopes that promised to be the real truth was only a mechanism that if you learned how to master it then you could use it for your advantage.
Little hopes appeal to you because that is their job. They appealed to you because it provides a way out. A way out from the real truth. The real truth may not be pretty. Ok if I’m honest I would tell you it’s not pretty at all. But it’s the real deal. It lasts forever and I don’t need to keep going back for more to feel satisfied. I am satisfied by what this truth shows me and not any work I put into it. Truth stands on its own without me. This truth is not just words. These words fill us and satisfy us because they are different. They are live giving, life breathed, and define what life is. The real truth is not here to make you feel good but to save your life.