Lately I’ve been processing Scripture from this perspective: Assuming the Word of God is Truth, and the Bible is the Word of God–I take a verse from the Bible and re-phrase it to say something totally opposite, so that I can then see the correlating LIE(S).
The reason I’m going to such great lengths to re-read the Truth in comparison to its direct opposite, the LIE is because I want to know how and where to apply the Truth directly so that I can combat the lies I let replay rather frequently in my life. The longer I hear the lies with no true defense that speaks directly to the LIE(S), the more susceptible I am to living in ambiguity with my ever-so-lovely feelings at the wheel.
You can re-read Scripture by not only changing the verse to say something completely opposite, but by changing your assumed “meaning” of the verse to something completely opposite. One thing I’ve noticed is that I carry a lot of interpretive baggage along with me. I have all of these deep seated beliefs about what God thinks of life and sometimes I even have an isolated Scripture to back it up. But when I read verses in the entirety of their context, well, at least as far as my own brain will reach, it calls my initial understanding of TRUTH into question. Scary, but normal I suppose. Because If I’m not mistaken, God does say that His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways are higher than our ways. So in my new reading of Scripture, in order to identify the LIE with which I more readily relate, I would re-read that particular verse to say “Our thoughts are higher than God’s thoughts and our ways are higher than God’s ways.” Well then, there’s the LIE. Duh. But how often do we live in a way that more accurately depicts a belief that “Surely our way of thinking is higher than God’s?”
If we take it a step further and look at one of my assumed meanings of the true version, “God’s thoughts are higher than mine…His ways are higher than mine,” another way of saying that might be “God knows best.” A few contradictions to that particular meaning would be: “Anna knows best.” “We know best.” “Other people know best.” “God does not know best.”
So in summary, this method allows me to more clearly identify how I’m living my life opposite to the Truth.
What spurred me to write this post is because lately I’ve been noticing A LOT of negative press about adoption. The reason this negativity jumps out to me in such a startling way is because I’ve adopted and I know firsthand the struggles/negativity that seem to be inherent with doing something that is in line with God’s truth revealed about adoption. I have two responses when I read the negative press about adoption:
ONE: I agree. People should stop adopting. It isn’t worth it, especially if it doesn’t turn out right. Why take the risk? Are you REALLY helping the children? Why would you put yourself in a situation of trying to be a father or mother to children who may turn against you?
TWO: The opposite of God’s TRUTH, MUST BE A LIE!!! As ugly and demented as some of these adoption stories sound…as negative as the details that seem to shroud any goodness at all that comes of adoption, the current focus on the negative aspects of adoption HAS TO BE a tool of Satan himself to dispel what God meant for good.
The negative press about adoption all seems to be given with the noble tone of “Justice for all.” But to me, it seems more like a ploy to play on our FEARS, so as to push us to collectively ignore the fact that there are STILL many who live day to day with no family that cares, there are numbers upon numbers of children who are completely abandoned with no hope of their biological parent EVER stepping back on the doorstep to claim them as their own.
And now I’ll leave you with the very FIRST verse that led me to begin re-reading Scripture in the first place. “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” My thought process: If God has NOT given us the spirit of fear, then my spirit of fear needs to go.
The verse gets even clearer, as we examine our own fears. If the fear is not of God, then it must be of Satan. If the fear is of Satan, then it must not be of God.
There you go, BAM. If your FEARs are keeping you from doing what God says is good, then those FEARs most certainly are not from God.
Adopting is a fearful prospect. Knowing then, what I know now, if I listen to the “fears” that are perpetrated by the adoption news stories, my own insecurities and Satan’s clever scheme to promote evil in the name of a “better good,” I would definitely NEVER EVER adopt again.
Do you consider the opposite of Truth to be a lie? Or are you out there fishing in the middle of nowhere, not sure where truth ends or begins? How do you go about identifying when your “thinking” veers to the left or the right of God’s Truth?
What “fears” rooted in “lies” paralyze you so that you’re incapable of doing what God commands?