Then Jesus began to say to them, ‘Beware that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and they will lead many astray.’” vss. 5-6Mark 13:5-8
In recent years we’ve become aware of the increasingly sophisticated methods that are being used in the media to promote misleading and even false information. We’ve learned that not everything we see on our computer screens is the truth–even that with which we are inclined to agree. Sadly, many deceivers have even learned to mask their lies in religious language, and some have been remarkably successful in leading people astray. Jesus warned his disciples about such folks and his warnings are worth heeding today. The problem is that sometimes it’s really hard to discern the truth–most recently regarding COVID matters–and we can easily be tricked into passing false information via social media to our “friends.” Fortunately we do have a solid sampling of Jesus’ deeds and teachings in our scriptures. In fact, his intentions for truth telling in daily living were laid out pretty clearly in his sermon on the mount in Matthew. His words are challenging and plain, they’re not easily manipulated, and they provide a good guide for making our way through the deceptions of the internet. The more familiar we are with the words of Jesus the easier it is to face the future with confidence and hope. He really is the Light of the World!
Thought for the Day: What is my most trusted news source?