How discerning are you when it comes to truth? Are you careful about what you allow to influence you and your thinking? Or do you embrace anything and everything, regardless of its worth?

Everyday, you are bombarded by more and more information, opinions, and values. How do you respond? Which ones do you permit to shape your worldview and which ones do you discard? Do you have a standard by which you measure the validity of what others try to tell you?

Living in the Information Age offers many benefits. Unfortunately, it presents plenty of drawbacks, too, as much of the information you encounter is false. For instance, how many scam emails have you received in your inbox? How many urban myths have you believed to be true, only later to discover they were distortions of reality if not complete hoaxes?

Many of these problems can be addressed with some simple fact-checking. Those are the easy ones to solve. When you encounter conflicting opinions, values, and faiths, though, it becomes much more difficult. How do you determine which ones are true and which ones you should reject?

Having a method for evaluating truth is necessary. Otherwise, you will have no foundation upon which to build your life house. Instead, you will remain immature and unstable in all your ways.

Either intentionally or unintentionally, there are those who seek to deceive you. Often, deceptive worldviews can be so eloquently stated that they become enticing. If you are not careful, you may find yourself being unwittingly led astray. Your best defense against such deception? The Word of God.

In Women Under Construction, I discuss the essential role of Scripture in weighing your beliefs.  "While there is a place for good sound advice, don't count on the opinions of friends and observers. Get into The Book for yourself... Pull out the plumb line and measure the popular influences of the culture by what you already know to be true from your life manual" (pp. 62, 113). The Bible can provide you with a reliable lens for discerning what is true and what is not.

The Apostle Paul emphasized to Timothy the value of using Scripture as a plumb line. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:16-17, KJV).

Compare the values, opinions, and worldviews you encounter with the Word of God. Consider whether the Bible validates them or opposes them. Rather than having no frame of reference for distinguishing the truth from lies, use Scripture as a reliable point of reference. It can correct you when you are wrong and guide you along a path that is true.

3/7/2012 10:03:37 am

As I read this blog, I could not resist the opportunity to reflect how others take the advantage of those who are greedy. Confidence tricks exploit typical human characteristics such as greed, dishonesty, vanity, honesty, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, desperation and naïveté. As such, there is no consistent profile of a confidence trick victim, the common factor is simply that the victim relies on the good faith of the con artist. Victims of investment scams tend to show an incautious level of greed and gullibility, and many con artists target the elderly, but even alert and educated people may be taken in by other forms of confidence trick.

 In a traditional confidence trick, the mark is led to believe that he will be able to win money or some other prize by doing some task. The accomplices may pretend to be strangers who have benefited from performing the task in the past.

A greedy or dishonest mark (also known as the victim) may attempt to out-cheat the con artist, only to discover that he or she has been manipulated into losing from the very beginning. In essence those who are inwardly untruthful and dishonest are usually victims to a con artist - who is only a professional untruthful and dishonest person.


Leave a Reply.