Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become foolish that he may become wise.

1 Corinthians 3: 18

Self deception is one of the great enemies of clear thinking; the problem is often one of thinking that I have it all figured out, and that the topic at hand is one that I really understand. This sort of confidence in my own ability to handle life and to solve my own problems has been trained and conditioned in through a lifetime. This is how our society teaches us to behave; this is the type of activity that gets us praise and recognition. The ability to think and to make independent decisions can be a perfectly worthy attribute in many areas of life, but it can create a huge problem when it is carried over into the most important one. When we start to believe that we can devise our own concept of rightness, then we are heading for trouble.

Most of us don’t deliberately set out to change the basic truths of living that God has established for us; we simply start to interpret their meaning. We don’t intentionally make decisions that are contrary to God’s desire for our behavior; we just listen to the counsel of the world around us and clarify our understanding of what is right by incorporating this culturally current thinking into our decision making. Yet, there is a serious problem with this approach. All moral and ethical concepts need to be founded upon everlasting principles; these values are not culturally changeable and they are not relative to our current environment. In fact, moral and ethical values have a spiritual foundation. These are an essential underpinning of healthy living as designed from Creation by God.

In our world they have been corrupted; for, they have been made relative by the deceptive influence of Satan. The voice that cries out to us saying that there is a better, a modern way to act in this time and in this place is cruelly deceptive and intent upon enticing people away from spiritually sound living. Evil’s voice is everywhere; we need to stop listening. If our values are God’s values, it doesn’t matter what others say. If our decisions are loving, just, and respectful; they are honoring to God; therefore, they are eternally wise.

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