You’ve seen it said time and time again, as evidence for a multitude of theories, large and small:
“Jesus warned us against deception”.
And oh, did He ever.
Yet for some reason, in this day and age, Christian truthers across the world seem to fancy themselves immune to deception simply because they have identified some areas of deception that others operate under.
Listen. I’m not going to sit here and pretend that every truth I hold dear is entirely accurate, and that I’m an authority on what is deception and what isn’t. That’s kind of my point, really, because neither are you. I see deception all around me, just as much as you do, but that is the reason I remain vigilant against it.
See, because Jesus didn’t tell us, once you discover deception you’re good, He warned us to always be on the alert for it.
The entire spirit of not putting our faith in man, rejecting mainstream narratives, and accepting Biblical truth despite the humanist majority in our world today, is to constantly guard ourselves against deception.
Considering ourselves fully awake and free of influence by deceptive forces runs entirely contradictory to the quest for truth, and constantly seeking truth means realizing you might not know it all yet.
Guarding your thoughts and heart against deception means realizing it lies around every corner. And it is high time we admonish our truth-seeking brothers and sisters across the board to recognize that deception will always look like truth.
I’m going to be perfectly honest. These days, the people I believe are often most vulnerable to deception are those who believe they have fully exposed it.
You are not the bouncers of Truth, God is, and His Word is our ultimate authority, not the doctrine of the mainstream apostate church, but not the common narrative of modern internet truthers, either. Radically accepting the Word of God is what makes you a Christian, and if you can’t back up your narrative with anything but the Word, it’s simply not cold, hard truth, no matter how hard you’d like to believe it.
I could list specific theories or narratives that are examples of this kind of attitude and fallacy, but I’m not being specific for a reason.
You see, the thing is, that this kind of attitude is applicable to truth just as well as it is to deception. If you believe something because it sounds good to you without researching it, you will do that truth injustice by not being able to defend it well. If you doubt the validity of US elections, for example, because the Rothschilds, and yet have no data or source to back that up, you do harm to the claim that US elections are influenced by powerful globalist bankers. I might fully understand where you’re coming from, but someone determined to believe that US elections are entirely organic and valid will diffuse your argument in an instance. And if this is the way you accept truth, you’re just as vulnerable to unvetted deception that simply sounds good to you.
Even Jesus used the Scripture and basic reasoning skills to prove that He was the Son of God, and so we must follow His example by being intellectually consistent and using sound reasoning to back up our claims. However, a lie can still be supported by a strong argument, which makes sound reasoning skills all the more important as we test the claims of others as well, even, and sometimes especially, when they suit our narrative.
Ultimately, it all boils down to the state of our hearts and where we put our trust, and believing we are immune to deception is placing our trust in ourselves.
The Bible wouldn’t warn us against deception if simply believing the Word of God forever protected us against it.
So stop using these warnings against deception as proof that anything you label deception is just that. Rely on God’s reasoning and His infallible Word as your test, and humble yourself enough to realize you might end up being proven wrong about something you hold to be true one day. The Bible is our ultimate authority, but it is also the only authority we can fully trust. So trust it when it says,
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Col 2:8 KJV
Trutherism is just another tradition of men, and your own narratives might not be as valid as the truth of the Bible. I’ve learned this the hard way myself over the years. But the Truth of God will only reveal itself more to you over time, the more you seek it. You’re not immune to deception, but Christ will always guard you from it, if you put your faith in Him. Not in yourself, not in others, but in Him alone.