Proverbs 20:17 ¶Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
Romans 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
Colossians 2:8 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.
Today we have a society that is full of opinions. There is no absolute truth for many. Truth is relevant, that is, depending on who and what you believe. For many trying to find truth can lead you almost anywhere. From alien life on mars to aliens here in America, truth is what those who perceive it to be.
You can find this illustrated on the many different sites on the internet. Here you find anything and any opinion you would like to follow. You will find an assortment of opinions given by ardent people with a heartfelt attitude that they are right. In America we all have at this moment the right to believe what we want. It is the essence of American society and has been that way since our inception. It is this fundamental right that makes the people of America so special. In light of our differences, we still live peaceably together with one another. For a very long time, these differences were not too far apart. As most believed in the God of Israel, the Ten Commandments, and Jesus Christ, even though we did not act the way we should about this. We still believed it.
Today, however life is different, for within our shores have come since the fifties, an assortment of other beliefs, people, and faiths. Still, we have managed to get along with each other fairly well. But, what we have today is such a diverse assortment of what people call “the truth”, can we really know “the truth”. If we find this commodity called “truth”, then how do we know it is the real “truth”?
Much of what we call “truth” is mans philosophy, which brings an earthly understanding of life itself. This is brought down to us in areas that most will agree with. The truth that most philosophy and religions teach is this. One, man is basically good. Two, God if there is one, leaves it all up to us. Three, there is no heaven or hell. Four, God if there is one, lets us continually go around in the rebirth cycle until we get it right. Five, all religions lead to the same God. Six, Man’s potential can be reached and we can become as Gods. Seven, our spiritual climax is according to our desire to seek the higher knowledge. Eight, that higher knowledge or consciousness is ready for us and there are spiritual beings, ascended masters who will lead us out of our dismal condition we are in.
All this is what is called “philosophy and vain deceit”, patterned after the traditions of men and their own experiences. It is not real “truth”, anymore than oil and water mixes easily. There is one “Truth”, however that man can know. This truth is what we call the Messiah. This Messiah came long ago, born of a virgin. He walked on this earth. His mission was this to bring life eternal to a lost and dying world. For this mission, Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of men and was resurrected. He then ascended to the right hand of the Father and is coming soon. This Messiah was Jesus Christ. He said of his mission:
John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Many have rejected this Messiah, and have brought their own version of what truth is. It is simply called, “the poison of asps”. There are so many deceits and deceiving ways, many are held sway by these purveyors of poison with the tools they use. From the television, radio, ad campaigns, religious institutions, computers, internet, video sites, computer games, religious masters, and more, we are bombarded by those who tell us they have the truth. It is from the sweetened lips of these purveyors that many today are held captive. For they believe what they see, hear, and feel. Many have put their truth in a truth alright, but it is mans truth. This is the problem. Mans truth, earthly as it is, cannot bring heavenly results or salvation.
Jesus Christ, Messiah Yeshua said of himself “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”, no man comes to the Father, but by me”, John 14:6. This statement says there is only one Way, Truth, and Life. Among all the lessons of “Truth” there may seem to be, there is, in reality only one. That is Jesus Christ. For many, however, the recent attacks on the veracity and truth of the claims of Jesus Christ have been a decidedly important issue. The attacks have been ongoing since the resurrection of Christ when the Jews started the first conspiracy theory about Jesus Christ. This was an effort to stop the “Truth of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ”. They did this through money, influence, and trickery.
Matthew 28:12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,
13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
14 And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.
15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
It is the essence of our society and many others to deny Christ. For nations and men hate the claims of God the Father, the ruler of Jesus Christ, and the bringing in of the Fathers kingdom in Truth and righteousness. For men to Love God, they must believe he exists, that he is a rewarder of those who seek him, and that they are sinners who need a savior. For men to do this, they must admit they need this savior and also that their deeds are in darkness. Many today have trouble admitting they are sinners and need this savior. The thought of man as a sinner is too hard to bear. They cannot accept the fact that the deeds they do are in pure darkness and not light. Because of this, they reject the notion and idea of a savior like Jesus Christ. For His light reveals that they walk in darkness.
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Furthermore, the battle is on. Satan right now has his best deceits out in the world today. He is spewing forth other Christ’s, Anti-Christ’s, Alien agendas, demon deceptions, and more. He is dividing the church, lulling it to sleep, and pouring more filth out. The battle today is lead by men who appear as light. Shepherds who speak as Christ, look like Light, and yet their deeds prove they are in darkness. The truth of all this is, these are in fact real deceptions. They will look real, seem real, feel real, and will in fact lead you to an ultimate denial of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. They will bring you in a world of deception that will blind your eyes and heart. In the end, you will end up taking the mark of the beast. The mark itself starts in the hearts of men who reject Christ. The real mark on the hand or forehead is just the seal of what is already in the hearts of those who take it. That is the rejection of the “real Truth”, which is Jesus Christ, Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
For the believer, it can be said to follow this rule.
2 Timothy 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
This scripture is pin pointed to believers in Jesus Christ, those who have come to the whole Truth in Jesus Christ. We are to continue in the things we have learned and been assured of. These things will make us wise, because we have known and do know the Holy Scriptures, which will make us wise through faith unto salvation. There are many deceits and deceivers. We are to be aware of these and keep our hearts steadfast on our Lord and Savior in these deceiving last days. These last days are full of deceivers and deceptions, which look real, feel real, and may sound good. In the end, though, these teachings will bite like an Asp, bringing death upon all who fail to heed the warnings.
Read more articles by Dana Smith or search for articles on the same topic or others.