“The Father of Lies.”
Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
The Truth is precious, not only in respect to God’s word, but in our everyday life.
In the beginning Satan gave the impression to Adam and Eve that if they listened to him he was going to improve their every day life, but he didn’t, he just made life much more difficult for them. If we Lie, we need to build a web of lies to sustain and prop up the original lie. Stan seems to be pretty good at that, especially in the religious world.
Man has learned to lie so well that some people don’t even know they are doing it, and they believe everything they say!
When men lie about secular things it is usually hidden and secretive (I say usually, but that isn’t always the case), but when it comes to religious lies, man is so open and apparently sincere about what they say that many believe the lies.
The political system is so bad that everyone expects politicians to lie, and we don’t believe them when they might just happen to tell the truth.
We can see what Jesus said to the religious leaders (who were also politicians) of His day in the verse above. Do we even begin to think that the majority of religious leaders today are any different? But they are sincere. The lie is so old now that it has become the truth, and that sets up another problem. The truth is now treated as the lie!
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
Therefore as the — fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away — the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised — the word of the Holy One of Israel.
Judgment is coming. Make sure you always speak with a straight tongue! Don’t cooperate with the devil!