Discerning Truth from Error

It is the role of the Christian to not only stand for truth but decipher it from the swamp of information that plaques us on a daily basis. I was asked by a dear friend, “With all the misinformation out there on both sides–the radicals on the left and right–how are we to know what is true?” A pertinent question. One that demands an answer. In getting to the truth we must weigh the source and the intended result from the information that they share. We must measure in our minds what the underlying presuppositions might be. We are to hold their known character in the light and view what has been told by the light of God’s Word. Our Lord is not the author of confusion. He does not speak out both sides of His mouth. He does not apply inconsistent or arbitrary standards to the position He holds. In short, our Lord is not a liar. Jesus does not seek to murder or coerce or manipulate us. He says, “Come to Me and I will give you rest.” He says, “Come to Me so that your sins may be blotted out.” He says, “Come to me and I will give you water and bread that you might live forever.” But not so for Satan who desires to see you bound and gagged in this life and in the next, so that you will experience the wrath reserved for him and the angels (messengers of darkness) in an eternal hell.

The children of God are equipped to identify a lie, even if the whole world is caught under its sway. And we must be willing to stand in the torrent of the cultural winds that seek to blows us down, to bend them to their will. This we can do if our lives be built upon the Rock, for our Rock is not like their rock. Ours is a stronghold, a mighty refuge. Theirs, regardless of its apparent splendor and might, is shifting sand.

It is the role of the believer to know the truth.


  1. Amen! Bravo Kristafal. I’ve recently leaned a writing skill that keeps the writer from sounding overly judgemental of others and more humble of self. It invloves the use of direct and indirect pronouns. Your writing seems to have a good grasp on that skill. It is something that a writer has to be consciously aware of. Still working on that myself. So far, the less we use “I, me, mine and myself”, yet get the actual posessive point of an attribute across, the more appeasing and humble the article. The less we use “you, your and yourself”, the less judgemental the appearance. Of course an autobiography or a person to person letter would be exempt from those considerations. As far as humor goes, that’s more of a style than a technique and could be considered a gift. Keep up the good work. Stay strong. LOLGB+

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. I’ve been accused of sounding judgmental or too forceful before, but this is the first time “humble” has been attributed. I attempt to be clear and direct as possible, but not overbearing. I find, though, that if someone wants to be offended by what is spoken (or in this case, written) they will be no matter what approach one takes. Thanks again, In Christ, Kris

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  2. For some reason this post reappeared on my e-mail 9/21/21. After reading again and sensing dejavu, I realized I had already commented on a writing style within the post. I neglected content and context. Ops! Sorry. Discerning truth in the cloud of cyber space info is like discerning the spirits. The literal definition in both the Hebrew and Greek for spirit is – breath, a blast of air, and in the firgurative sense – mental disposition, as in the mind. To discern truth in the information realm is to discern the mental disposition of the information presented. When words are exhaled, they define the content of one’s charactor. Likewise, the writers character is in the content of their writing. We know as all things in scripture are in the divine prime of two, so is mental disposition in that there are two – good or evil, right or wrong, rigtousness or wickeedness. correct or incorrect and true of false. It’s an either/or situation. The center of gravitiy is the fulcrum of decision. We should weigh all things on the scripture of truth scales. Hope this is helpful to our readers. LOLGB+

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