I must say, life is quite confusing.
Everything in this world always contradicts itself.
For example, magazines tell us “Be yourself! You are wonderful just the way you are!” and then on the next page, “Nobody will love you if you don’t show at least 95% of your skin at all times. Be brash. Be bold. Throw away your moral compass.”
I’m supposed to conform to this impossible image of a photoshopped person, and I’m also told to just be myself; both views are supported by most everyone.
Every day we hear:
“Nobody’s perfect. Embrace your imperfections.”
“If you don’t use this product or wear this item, nobody will like you.”
“Normal is boring. Be wild. Be free. Everything is a choice.”
AND HONESTLY, SOMETIMES I FEEL SO DISORIENTED BY IT ALL.
What’s right? What’s wrong? Am I just really weird? What if they’re right, and my life is a lie?
Ah, reader, don’t fret. Although the ways of the world are contradictory and insane, there is absolute truth that will stand forever.
For example, the world tells us that we are created by chance; accidents; mistakes. But do you want to know what God tells us?
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” – Psalm 139:14
The culture tells us that we are our own, and that what we do with our bodies doesn’t matter.
However, the Bible disagrees.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
The world says it’s all on us. We have no idea what’s coming. For all we know, the zombie apocalypse could come, World War IV is going to start right after that (because WWIII has probably already come and gone), and the sun is going to blow up one day and smash us to smithereens. And that’s why we buy lots of canned goods…????
Okay, as absurd as that sounds, when our lives aren’t based on truth, we won’t know what to think. But guess what. We are never alone, and God has promised us this:
“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” – Matthew 6:31-32
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
Another lie? How about this one.
“Put yourself first. You deserve it.”
Umm. ExCUSE me?
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:4
And I can’t resist this one.
“Love is a feeling. That’s all.”
No, no, no. This is real love!
“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” – 1 John 4:10
And let me finish off with one last mistruth that destroys our culture.
What is it? That appearances are everything. All that matter. But let me assure you that that is not the case.
God looks at the heart. It doesn’t matter what anyone but He thinks.
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” – Proverbs 31:30
It’s absolutely true that the world lies to us. And it can really mess us up.
If we don’t believe the truth of who we are – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) – we won’t be able to move forward. We’ll be trapped.
But we needn’t be anymore.
8 Replies to “I’ve Been Lied To.”
This is so true! Thank you so much for this post, Amanda! It speaks truth. Thank you again. 😀
You’re welcome, Alea! Thanks for reading. 🙂
Yay!! I love the fact that in Jesus, we find purpose. The world tells us that we are here by chance, and that we should live to please ourselves. Yet there is so much more to life than ourselves. Praise God!
Yes yes yes! Totally true. I love that! 🙂
Wow great post Amanda! Yes we have been lied too, but if we remember the words of Jesus they are the true words in bible. Words that will never ever lie to us!
Thank you! Exactly right. We have access to absolute truth! 😀
So it’s not just me who noticed all that contradiction? “Be yourself–but wait no don’t, be just like this.” Ugh. I think in a way it’s good that they contradict themselves though. It means some people will see that and be more open to the idea of absolute truth. 🙂
I know, right? It’s overwhelming to hear things all the time, saying, “You are naturally beautiful, but actually, if you wear this makeup you’ll be truly beautiful.” Seriously people?
But you are right. We are all hungry for truth…and we have found it! 😉