"Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true".
Sometimes in life it can be real hard to look in the mirror and face the truth. Most of us know what it's like to have to begin to deal with some painful reality about ourselves or those we love, to face a hardship or a trial that can leave us drained and yearning for a way out. Certain distractions in the midst of such struggles - a few hours entertainment or a much needed few days away - can indeed prove good in helping to re-gain our footing. A deeper trouble, however, can occur when we seek to completely exchange such a fantasy world for reality, to essentially flee from the truth about our world.
The great problem with such lies resides not only in the thing we express in that moment - a desire, perhaps, to be something other than we are (richer, safer, healthier, more popular) - but the myth that so often underpins such an expression: that we ARE or can be so. It tells us so much about a deceit so common to our race.
Whilst watching a discussion programme this morning, a popular actor expressed the popular myths of our age:
1.That science has proved that God is a fabrication.
2.That Jesus was merely a good man - a moral teacher.
What is so annoying about these lies is that they are derived from pure myth - a hermetically sealed understanding of the world which simply refuses to engage with facts (scientific and historical) which 'inconveniently' point in the entirely opposite direction.
A battle royal is about to begin in the scientific community because the public are about to discover that many scientists have been gaged in the last decade simply because they have sought to draw attention to empirical data which strongly suggests we are not here by chance. Biblical scholarship has clearly put the case for a historical reality between the Jesus recorded in the gospels and the man Himself, yet we continue to seek to detach Christ from the message and the deeds of these invaluable records.
We simply cannot face up to what's before us.
It's time to look further than ourselves, further than notions of a 'divinity' that merely panders to the status quo. God has broken into the illusion of an empty cosmos, and the shock of this cannot be overlooked, however shocking the consequences.
A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.
C S Lewis