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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Loving the Delusion

January 10

(Psalm 4:2b NIV) “How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?

(2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 NIV) “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, {10} and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. {11} For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie {12} and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”

(Romans 1:18-25 NIV) “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, {19} since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. {20} For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. {21} For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. {22} Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools {23} and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. {24} Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. {25} They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised.”

Spiritual delusion comes in many forms today: New Age, Pantheism, Polytheism, Monism. All the above are indeed “spiritual”, but the question is: “Whose spirit?” Hollywood promotes “circle of life” language: we never really die, our spirit is just recycled or reincarnated. This contradicts the one soul, one life, one death, and one judgment teaching of Jesus. We often hear “all is God, all is one, there are many paths to truth and all paths arrive at the same God”. But Scripture teaches one God and only one way to that God. It’s just a short step from “all is God” to “we are all gods”, and we have within us divine potential that only needs to be realized, visualized, or unleashed through “higher consciousness”. But Scripture teaches we are born sinners, not gods. So eventually we have to decide: will we love the delusion? Or will we love Jesus? You cannot really love both. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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