Growing Kingdom People – Fake News and the Bible

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Fake News and the Bible

Fake news is in the news. Fake news is the news.  It’s hard to know “who” or “what” to believe.

I enjoy fake news. Perhaps it is more accurate to say I enjoy fake news when it is obvious the news is fake.  For years, I purchased “Weekly World News”.  This important piece of journalism updated me on the activities of “Bat Boy”.  Go ahead and Google it.  You should find these headlines: “Bat Child Escapes”, “Romney to Pick Bat Boy as VP”, “Bat Child Found in Cave” and “Bat Boy Captured.”  Other stories in the tabloid included “I Was Bigfoot’s Love Slave” (sorry), and “Dick Chaney is a Robot.”

Ok, so maybe you have a problem with the fact I spent good money on “Weekly World News.” What do you expect from someone who grew up on “Mad” and “Cracked” Magazine?

Fake news that is supposed to be fake isn’t the problem. The challenge comes when an event is interpreted in two opposing ways, and one or both interpretations leave out or fabricate important details.

The first fake news in human history is recorded in the book of Genesis. God told Adam and Eve not to eat from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  He warned them they would die if they disobeyed.

Then along came Bat Boy. I mean the Serpent.  He told Eve, “You won’t die if you eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  God is just telling you that because He doesn’t want you to be wise like Him.

Who are you going to believe? The Creator of the universe or Anaconda?

Eve chose unwisely. Then Adam did the same.  From that moment on death entered the world and things have never been the same.

Fake news brought spiritual death.  And this was just the beginning.

Joseph’s brothers made up a story about a wild animal attack to escape the wrath of their father after they sold Joseph into bondage. Later, fake news landed Joseph in prison when Potiphar’s wife falsely accused him of assault.  Maybe this explains why, after he was given a powerful position in Egypt, Joseph made up a little fake news of his own.  He framed his younger brother by planting a goblet in his grain bag, then used the situation to test the hearts of his other brothers.

In the New Testament Jesus’ enemies saw a sign on the cross that read, “King of the Jews.” They asked Pilate to alter the story line to, “He said He was the King of the Jews.”  Pilate must have been a friend of the free press because he responded, “What I have written, I have written.”  After Jesus’ resurrection, His enemies hatched a plan to pay the soldiers at the tomb to spread the lie that Jesus’ disciples had stolen His body.

The problem of fake news starts with Adam and Eve and permeates scriptures, all the way into the book of Revelation.  Satan looks for every opportunity to promote himself as the ultimate winner in the battle between good and evil.  Revelation is filled with his foolishness.  He is the Bat Boy who intimidates us with trials and temptations.

But none of it is true. Satan was crushed at the cross and Jesus put a punctuation mark on His victory when He exited the tomb.  We have been called out of the darkness and the evil that takes place there has been exposed for what it is.

We may not be able to discern the accuracy of the evening news with precision. But we are on to Satan’s schemes.  Don’t let him fill your heart with fear and doubt.  He is a loser!

Satan is the last great Bat Boy of the Weekly World News!

Truer words were never spoken.

About LJones

Minister and story teller.
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