This statement was one of the first encounters in grad school throwing me for a loop. People talking about lies and truth so confidently. How could someone talk about lies so confidently? I mean, how does one discern “a lie?”
Somewhere in the psyche or socialization of women, we pick up distorted truths. It usually begins in adolescence, if not before.
No wonder I questioned my friend who seemed so confident in calling lies “Lies.” The only lies I identified before were things I knew were not true based on fact.
But the more I acknowledge cognitive distortions, the more I realize things we think are true are often distorted truths of reality. In the Christian realm, we often identify these as lies of the enemy.
Lies the enemy whispers in our ears. Lies we believe because we often don’t hear the truth that counteracts them
Counteracted truth can best be found in the Word of the Living God.
As I’ve combated lies the enemy has thrown my way since childhood, I’ve come to know the Word of God is the only source I can stand on. As a young girl trying to overcome an eating disorder, therapy didn’t “fix” my problem. My parents, boyfriend-husband didn’t fix it, only the Word of God becoming truth to me gave me hope and perspective for a problem no one seemed to understand or give words of healing to.
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. I Corinthians 10:13.
These were two truths that became real to me, counteracting lies that yelled nothing but despair, lack of hope, shame, and self-loathing.
And the more we are in His word, the easier it becomes to identify lies for what they are, replacing them with truth.