This Is Important, my friends, and explains why God sends the godless a strong delusion.
Alétheia is the Greek word for ‘truth‘. The direct definition of the word is ‘reality‘.What the Bible reveals is the truth of reality. Those who reject it in part or in whole, are active participants in rejecting reality.
Jesus Christ IS reality (as is His Word). He is the absolute epitome of what reality hinges upon. All things within our reality (seen and unseen) are held together by Him. He is the lynchpin of consciousness. Colossians 1:15-20
He is the only way to the Father and the only way to salvation because He is THE way, THE reality and THE life (there is no other).
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me".
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 tells us that those who suppress the truth (reality) in unrighteousness are sent a strong delusion that they might be condemned and given over to the lie that they loved more than reality (truth).
Is it any wonder the godless and sin loving society in which we live, fully accepts men as women and women as men? In fact, YOU are the one who is considered delusional if you don’t fully accept a man in a dress as a fully bona fide and genuine woman.
When you’re riddled through & through with the hatred of God’s reality, soon enough you’ll no longer be able to decipher, discern, or comprehend the obvious truth of your own.
When a lie has become your truth, reality will appear to be a lie.
When you embrace a lie in place of reality, delusion becomes your truth.
The side effects of rejecting the reality of what the bible conveys is social, emotional and spiritual retardation.
It’s exceedingly costly and detrimental to your spiritual and emotional health to reject the reality of the Bible, both in this life and the next.
Jesus Christ is reality. Those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and reality (John 1:21-24). That is, the truth He teaches in His Word MUST have an intrusive effect on your day to day life. By the Spirit, His reality (truth) must seep into ours.
Jesus Christ IS reality.
Along with His reality comes light.
Along with His light comes the unrelenting exposure of what’s hidden in the darkness.
Along with the exposure comes the judgment of what light reveals.
Along with the judgment comes the prompting of conviction to repent.
But because many people don’t like the reality of what’s found in the darkness and because they have no intention of repenting…they shut out the light and project their hatred upon the living reality of Jesus and the nagging presence of His followers. His followers are light-bearers of what has exposed their sin.
Thus, the explanation as to why there have been tens of millions of martyrs since the inception of the church. And
thus the reason why the world HATES and persecutes genuine disciples of Christ.
"And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God [in God's sight].”
When you water down and sanitize the truth of God’s Word (so people won’t be offended and you won’t be persecuted) you are depriving THEM and YOURSELF of the genuine reality, light and intended purpose of the Gospel. In fact, when you do this, the Gospel ceases to be the Gospel at all. And up springs a counterfeit that not only prevents persecution and offence, it prevents salvation as well.
Accept reality AT ALL costs no matter how much it hurts or who it offends. Otherwise, it’ll cost you everything. (Possibly even your mind).
The judgment of the light is for repentance unto salvation. A life lived in perpetual rejection of what the light reveals (so as to hold onto your sin) is to suppress reality.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
When you suppress the truth, you’re suppressing the way things REALLY are. Thus, the delusion that soon follows. God will not be mocked. In seeking to reject and mock His reality, you become a mockery unto yourself. Be sure of this: You will reap what you sow (Galatians 6:8).
"The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness".
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
"But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth".
From here on out, every time you see the word ‘truth’ in your New Testament, think of reality. For THAT is what it REALLY is.
May we all hate what is false by becoming staunch lovers and perpetual seekers of the reality of truth and the truth of reality.
Our very lives depend on it.
Originally posted by Crucified Beyond The Narrow Gate (with some minimal changes by this editor). https://m.facebook.com/CrucifiedBeyondTheNarrowGate/photos/a.666479070036180.1073741826.666462993371121/1529945937022818/?type=3