"Before the lie, there was a Liar... Before there was death, there was the lie"
Right in the beginning, we see a picture of perfection. The perfect garden, filled with the perfect promise of hope.
We see the temptation... the fruit...the promise it held of fulfillment, beauty, and enlightenment.
A perversion of the truth was all it took.
It sounded so close to the truth, it must be the truth... right?
"This is perhaps Satan's greatest hit. If he can get our eyes lowered to ground level in search of fulfillment, beauty, and enlightenment, he's already most of the way to getting us to disobey."
The Gospel According to Satan: Eight Lies About God That Sound Like the Truth by Jared Wilson, reflects on these 8 lies that we hear frequently from the culture around us. Sounding so close to truth, we become unaware of the lie within the noise.
Have you heard them before?
~God just wants you to be happy.
~You only live once.
~You need to live your truth.
~Your feelings are reality.
~Your life is what you make it.
~You need to let go and let God.
~The cross is not about wrath.
~God helps those who help themselves.
There may be a piece of truth in each of these statements, but there is a layer of deceit beneath. Wilson encourages us to apply principles of the Gospel as we seek to keep our eyes on truth. He reminds us that in Jesus' temptation, he resisted with truth, saying, "it is written."
If you want to learn more about battling lies with truth in the culture around us, pick us this book! It helped me to understand more about the culture around me, and root me deeper into the truth of God's Word.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy of this book and the opportunity to post an honest review!