Humans have a history of exerting control through brainwashing. Lies and fantasies are woven in order to exert power over others. We can assign blame for this upon corrupt men and women – whatever the century. But, ultimately, we are chosen students of the master of corruption. He draws us to exchange the truth of God for lies, and to deny not only our Creator but our Savior.
The Blinding of Eyes
Light is powerful. It overcomes darkness. If we can find light we can see.
“Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” – 2 Corinthians 4:3,4
The Deception of Disguise
Discerning what is true can be tricky. Who can we trust?
“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.” – 2 Corinthians 11:14,15
How may we escape the brainwashing of men and the father of lies?
We must find a reliable path to truth which in turn may disarm lies and guard our hearts and minds. This is why we have the God Story. This is why it must be allowed to interpret itself.
“So this I say and affirm with the words of the Lord, that you no longer walk as the rest of humanity, in the futility of their minds, darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of their blind natures, because of the hardness of their hearts. Becoming callous they have given themselves over to sensuality to greedily practice every kind of impurity. But you did not learn Christ in this way…” – Ephesians 4:17-20
God wants us to be free, brainwashers do not. They want what they can steal: intellectually, emotionally – and even the soul. It is important to become skilled in heart to resist and reject those who would wash our brains with faux truths and half-truths.
Keeping our brains fixed where they need to be,
Dave and Burnadette