Social media is buzzing on the subject of how to discern truth from falsehood – real news from fake news. I have even wrote or shared articles myself, including discussing and debating with others on FaceBook as to what constitutes good journalism.
As a Christian, a follower of Christ, I know there is a better way. That superior way is called spiritual discernment, not human knowledge, not education, not a result of a high IQ, but rather, a specific understanding of a time, place, or event based on the very real presence of God in our lives through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Apostle John wrote:
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1John 4:1
Throughout the writings of John it is clear that the apostle is concerned about Christians being deceived. He wrote with a sense of urgency to warn them about the anti-Christ. In that context the writer said, “no lie is of the truth,” and also, “who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ?” The author of the epistle went on to warn, ”Let no one deceive you.”
John was not an alarmist or overtly suspicious. But he entertained a realistic concern about Christians being deceived; he knew the spirit of error as opposed to the spirit of truth. If that reality escapes our notice, we are in trouble today.
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