The Myths We Believe
Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me through your law. I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. - Psalm 119:29-30
What’s more dangerous: a lie or a half-truth? Without doubt, it’s the half-truth. John F. Kennedy said, “The enemy of the truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived, and dishonest, but the myth—persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.”
Despite the common perception that we’re a people “come of age,” our culture remains inundated with half-truths—modern myths most people believe implicitly, and become offended when called into question.
Here’s just a few examples: 1) People, at heart, are basically good; 2) The world’s getting better; 3)Technological progress is the key to our happiness and well-being.
We love these myths because they give us hope. Yet that’s precisely why they’re so dangerous: they keep our hope securely misplaced—that is, on something other than Jesus Christ, our only true hope.
“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. - Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.