The origin of fake news...

“…He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44b NLT

It’s hard to know what is true and what is “fake news.”

Because our secular society has rejected God’s holy inspired Word as the absolute standard for truth, we have lost our reference point for reality. Now our society often defines truth based on public opinion polls. We live in a media culture of sizzle and hype which influences public thinking. Advertising hucksters and spin-doctors are constantly at work to influence our thinking about events and issues. Educational institutions promote diversified views at the expense of truth. Even many journalists are no longer satisfied with reporting the facts. Instead, they slant the news to fit their own, often anti-God, interpretation.

This is the nature of the world system controlled by Satan who is the father of lies (John 8:44). These masters of deception, distortion, and manipulation take truth out of context or give only half-truths. Anyone who accepts this world system becomes bound up in deception, manipulation, lies and ignorance. Many Christians, sadly, have bought into these lies.

But God’s truth is a light that shows us the difference between falsehood and truth. Jesus taught, “I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12). Without His truth, we are left to grope about in spiritual darkness. But His light frees us to see and do what is right and good.

Your view of God really matters…

Satan was the first to manipulate the facts, distort the truth and make use of “fake” news in order to deceive. Never underestimate the power of a well told lie.

God’s people are called to be shrewd as snakes and yet innocent as doves. Knowing His Word helps us do both at the same time. Be sure you are reading the Bible every day and using it as the grid through which everything passes. It will shine the light on the lies and deception of the enemy and show you what the truth really is.

Read God’s Word Today…

John 8:31 NLT “Jesus said to the people who believed Him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to My teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

GOD, because You are absolute truth, I will believe what You say and live accordingly.

Based on the writings of Bill Bright

©2020 Bright Media Foundation

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