Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Truth and The Lie

Romans 1:24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

24 Διὸ παρέδωκεν αὐτοὺς ὁ θεὸς ἐν ταῖς ἐπιθυμίαις τῶν καρδιῶν αὐτῶν εἰς ἀκαθαρσίαν τοῦ ἀτιμάζεσθαι τὰ σώματα αὐτῶν ἐν αὐτοῖς· 25  οἵτινες μετήλλαξαν τὴν ἀλήθειαν τοῦ θεοῦ ἐν τῷ ψεύδει καὶ ἐσεβάσθησαν καὶ ἐλάτρευσαν τῇ κτίσει παρὰ τὸν κτίσαντα, ὅς ἐστιν εὐλογητὸς εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας, ἀμήν.

This passage comes just before the well-known passage where Paul condemns homosexuality.  Make no mistake, Paul would go ballistic if he were to read some of the arguments put forth in defense of that perverted lifestyle today.  But that's not what I want to write about as that is far too easy and obvious.

Mark Driscoll makes a big deal out of the articles in the phrase τὴν ἀλήθειαν τοῦ θεοῦ ἐν τῷ ψεύδει.  One could very easily translate this as "the truth of God for the lie."  What would the lie be?  I think it is the same lie that Eve fell for back in the garden.  We have this tendency to put the creature ahead of the Creator, which is to our destruction.  Instead, we must put God first.  We do not do this naturally, but we do after God saves us from ourselves.

What do you worship?  Is it the truth of God or the lie?  Which do you believe?  Obviously there are times when I believe the lie.  That's what sin is.  It is believing the lie rather than believing in the goodness of God.  The good news is that the more we trust God the easier it is to keep trusting Him.  Believe the truth!

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