Be Not Deceived

November 10, 2014

Be Not Deceived

“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” ( Ephesians 5:17).

The results of being deceived

We are facing serious moral and social problems.  The lives of our precious young people are being destroyed by drugs. Parents and grandparents are often grieved because their children and grandchildren are making unwise decisions.    One in five marriages ends in divorce. That never happens without hearts being broken.  If there are children they are left to suffer.  Our prisons are full. New, and bigger prisons are under construction.    Many end their lives by suicide.

An excessive amount of money is being spent to pay public school teachers to spend time with students who have no motivation to learn.  High schools suffer from drop outs.  Young people often stop studying long before they have sufficient education to make any significant contribution to society.  As a result, they are often   a burden to society.

Many people make foolish, detrimental decisions.  They are left with debts they can’t pay.  Their health is broken because of addictions and unhealthy eating habits.  Those around them are also made to suffer.  These are just a few of the results of being deceived.  There are many more.

Reasons why people are deceived

When people make foolish decisions it’s an indication that there is a fallacy in their thinking.  It is unfortunate that many people don’t know how to think.  The modern education system doesn’t teach students how to think.  The procedure is just to fill their minds with subject matter.   Their minds are filled like as if they were containers.  When they are full they put the lid on which is called a diploma.  They aren’t encouraged to think.  To the contrary, they are discouraged from thinking.  They are expected to blindly accept what the teacher tells them.  To ask questions might imply that the teacher is in error.

This procedure has been going on for years.  The result is that many adults don’t know how to think.  They aren’t capable of evaluating what they hear by way of the news media.  They make decisions based on what they were taught in the classroom.  If there are bad results, they don’t know what to do.  If our young people were taught to think they would clearly see that it would be a foolish mistake to take drugs. If marriage partners knew how to think they would look for, and find ways of making their marriage divorce proof.  If people knew how to think they would be looking for a solution for the serious consequences they and others suffer because of the course they are taking.   It should inspire them to do some research in search of a better way.  Men are doing medical research to find more efficient means of healing the human body.  Why is there so little research done to solve the serious social and emotional problems people suffer?  Perhaps one explanation is that pharmaceutical companies are willing to finance research that results in new drugs for healing disease.  No one steps forward to finance solutions for moral problems.

Perhaps some say, “Oh but we have professionals that help people with emotional problems.” Yes, that is true, but by and large, they aren’t successful. Years ago we didn’t even have mental hospitals.  Now we have them, and they are filled to capacity.

Modern men are capable of inventing trains that can go up to 300 mph.  We have succeeded in sending men to the moon.  It is unbelievable the amount of information that can be

stored on computers or that is accessible on the Internet.  If men are capable of doing all this, why can’t they find a solution for our emotional and social problems?  Could it be that many are too proud to recognize that they need to seek God and submit to his ways?  Proverbs 1:29-33 says, “For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:   They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.    Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.    For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.    But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.”

Many are deceived by worldly wisdom.  At first sight, it appears to be wise.  For example, some say, “Why shouldn’t everyone be at liberty to choose his own life style?  If someone wants to die an early death by taking drugs, let him do it.” The explanation for why that faulty way of thinking is wrong is found in Romans 14:7.  “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.” What we do affects others.

Many are making the mistake of letting teachers and professionals tell them what their moral values should be.  Many have accepted the philosophy that moral values are relative.  That means that they change over time.  Bible believing Christians know that the truth doesn’t change.  The interpretation of the Ten Commandments shouldn’t change over time.  God hasn’t changed, neither has he changed the rules.

For some reason, our public schools think it is mandatory that sex education be included in the school curriculum.  Sex education wasn’t taught years ago, but our forefathers learned the ins and outs of sex.  What is being taught today is a permissive view of sex that promotes sexual experimentation and practice outside of marriage.  It has left our society with a flood of illegitimate children.

The solution for deception

There is really no need for research for solutions for moral problems.  We already have the solution.  It is in the Bible.  We just need to open the book, read what it says, and apply it to our lives.  A careful study of the Bible and history will clearly reveal that those who accept and live by biblical moral values don’t experience near as many emotional and social problems as people are experiencing today.  They exemplify the truth of Proverbs 14:34.  “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”  To exchange biblical moral values for those of this world is a serious mistake that will have adverse consequences.

Many have never been exposed to biblical moral values.  The wisdom of this world is all they know.  The prudent thing is to seek divine guidance.  Isaiah 40:14 offers us the “way of knowledge.” “With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?”  If we don’t let God teach us, we will most likely be guided by the wisdom of the world.  I Corinthians 3:18-20 tells us about the wisdom of this world.  “Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.    For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.    And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.”  James 3:13-18 shows us the superiority of the wisdom that is from above.  “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.   But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.   This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.   But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.    And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”

By Jesus use of parables, he taught people to think.  Here are some examples.  “How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?” (Matthew 18:12).  “But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.    And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.    Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you” (Matthew 21:28-31). “And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?” (Matthew 17:25).  If we follow Jesus example, we will ask more questions in our teaching and expect our students to think for themselves.

There is no substitute for biblical truth and moral values.  In our search for a solution for our moral and social problems we need to go to God. Satan, our adversary, is a deceiver.  Revelation 12:9 says, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”  Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” James 1:5 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” God will give us wisdom if we are willing to accept the Bible as the source of divine truth and apply it to our lives.  Many have been deceived.  You don’t need be one of them.

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