People confuse free speech and religious freedom with the truth.
Our world is not at peace because people are determining for themselves what constitutes right or wrong with little or no regard for God. They are either misconstruing Scripture, rejecting it, or unaware.
Many people have been deceived by the lie that there are no absolute truths. They believe that Scripture is untrue; that the story of Jesus’ resurrection is a myth; or that all gods are the same. The lie among us is being interwoven into the fabric of our social consciousness and our everyday lives. Since God is truth, the lie strikes at the very heart of God. At its core is the deception that Jesus was not God incarnate.
C.S. Lewis wrote, “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about [Jesus]: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” (Mere Christianity)
The truth about Jesus is absolute and it is not subjective. We may misunderstand it, or choose to ignore or reject it, but we cannot change it. The truth about Jesus is no different for one person than it is for another. The common practice of saying “my truth” and “your truth” is an impossibility. Although people may have different perceptions about Him, there is only one truth about Jesus. It is the truth found in Scripture.
As Christians, we are obligated to defend and tell the truth about Jesus, but we must do it with love — respectfully and gently: “Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish arguments, which only upset people and make them angry. God’s people must not be quarrelsome; they must be gentle, patient teachers of those who are wrong. Be humble when you are trying to teach those who are mixed up concerning the truth. For if you talk meekly and courteously to them, they are more likely, with God’s help, to turn away from their wrong ideas and believe what is true…”(2 Timothy 2:23-25)
The one thing we must not do when confronted with lies about Jesus is remain silent.
Lies, unchallenged, are like undiagnosed cancer. Left untreated, they will spread unhindered until it is too late.
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