Who does not like to hear good news? “Good news” is certainly lacking in today’s media reporting. How refreshing to read a newspaper that presents the encouraging things in life. Such notable publications include the Good News concerning God’s love mercy and grace. Of course, the reader always has two options, to accept or reject that which he or she reads. While the writing of men is vulnerable to error, God’s Word stands infallible and inerrant from eternity past to eternity future. Only God’s Word defines Truth for that is its very essence.
The Apostle Peter adamantly affirmed … “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:19-21 NIV). Peter’s mentor, the Apostle Paul wrote … “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:15-17 NIV). Scripture then is the sole, accurate and complete revelation of God to mankind. Its accuracy is equal to His essence.
As always there were those who rejected that truth even among so-called followers of Jesus during His earthly ministry. Speaking of Himself as the Word that became flesh, Jesus said … “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. He went on to say, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him." From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. "You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:68-69 NIV).
In his letter to the churches in Rome, Paul acknowledges that God’s revelation to man concerning Himself is divinely embedded in the thinking of every person born into human history. Yet, many people have chosen to squelch that innate knowledge of God. Instead, they have chosen to retain in their minds that which is false. Paul warned that false teaching would even find its way even into the Church … “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron” (1 Tim 4:1-2 NIV).
Thus, the rejection of truth results in the acceptance of the lie. Jesus condemned the religious leaders who rejected His message … “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me” (John 8:44-45 NIV)!
Paul warns that … “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Rom 1:18-20 NIV).
Truth suppressed is exchanged for the lie. However, that thinking can be altered by believing the Good News that Christ is the Savior and through faith in Him is eternal life.