Acceptible Lies

THE SIMPLE AND PROFOUND

Have you ever had those moments in life where you hear something that is very simple, yet quite profound? Of course you have. I few years back, I heard something that greatly affected me, and I ran across it again this past week. I’m going to share it with you, but I must warn you, you most likely aren’t going to like what you are about to read.

"I don't want to hear that."

“I don’t want to hear that.”

I know, because whenever I have shared this in the past with those close to me, it has not been well received. You see, this crosses into some of the most fun, and precious areas of our lives, and in the name of fun & tradition, we live a lie. And our reasons for justifying it are many and good. Our intentions are the best, yet the lies remain as nothing more than lies, all excused and looked past because of the joy it gives us, our family and our friends. As the title of this blog suggests, these are “acceptable lies.”

If you are a Christian, this will surely test you, for you are probably the most susceptible to the joy of these lies, as they are religious in nature. And yet the non-Chrisitan enjoys these exact same lies as much as the Christian, for these lies are ingrained in the very fabric of our society, they are rooted in long standing traditions that span back many hundreds of years.

IT STARTS WITH THE KIDS

Here’s the hardest part…these lies start when we are children. Our parents told us these lies, and their parents told them and their parents passed them on to them. Such is the nature of tradition. If you are a parent, you have most likely shared these same lies with your children, and because the lies are actually a part of tradition, it is excused as a lie, and called “fun.” So what are these lies? I bet you have probably figured it out already, but just in case you haven’t…

We tell our kids about Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, Easter Eggs, and numerous other traditions that we have come to enjoy so much, and you have to admit it, technically these are all lies. Let me rephrase the above sentence just to be a bit more clear… “We lie about Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, Easter Eggs, in Children’s stories, and in numerous other ways.” I bet you never really thought of it that way before…I didn’t for years.

Now, carefully measure your reaction to what you just read. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you are appalled that I would even bring this up. We excuse these lies, for to us, these are not lies, these are traditions that we love and enjoy, and for anyone to call them a lie is, well, just not right. How dare anyone do such a thing? But the bottom line, no matter how important these things are in our society, we actually lie to our kids so that we can all enjoy the pleasure of the moment.

Now it’s time to ask the really hard question…does any of this really matter? Personally, I think most of you will say say it doesn’t, that I am crossing a line that no one should ever cross. These are wonderful worldly traditions that we enjoyed, and our children have every right to enjoy them as much as we did. And your logic would be well received and agreed to by the masses. I’ve heard this from family.

WE SHALL REAP WHAT WE SOW

So why did I bring it up? The answer is very simple, yet profound, and will not be accepted by the majority. You see, lies sow seeds of doubt. Oh, we don’t really realize it, especially when it comes to things like Santa or the Easter Bunny. Our kids realize when they learn the truth that this is all about letting them enjoy something that isn’t real, yet so much fun. We all deserve to enjoy this bit of fantasy, isn’t that the logic?

But what about those seeds of doubt placed deep into the subconscious mind? They exist, and they are real. In the subconscious mind, a child can’t help but wonder…if mom & dad will lie to me about something as important as Santa or the Easter Bunny, what else will they lie to me about? (After all, please remember that they are only kids, with very young developing minds). We certainly don’t want to admit this, we will rationalize that they know better.

Do you recall earlier that I mentioned that this will test the Christian? I doubt the non-Christian will really care, but think about this for a moment…think about the foundation that is being set in place… We tell our kids about Santa, whom they never really see. We tell them about the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny, whom they never really see, and eventually they learn that these characters whom they can’t see, really aren’t real. So what happens when we teach our children about God? About Jesus? They can’t see them either. The foundation of doubt has been set. But…we never think about it like that. The traditions are fun, they are “acceptable lies.” But our kids now have every reason to doubt us, after all, we did lie to them. What other areas of life might they now doubt our word when we speak?

DOES IT REALLY MATTER?

I’m going to go a step further. I meet and talk with other Christians all the time. I’ve learned that a lot of Christians just have not dug very deep into the Bible, or into the history of the war between God and Satan. Why is this important? A great many of our religious traditions actually come from false religions, false religious traditions, from Pagan origins. These are all tools of Satan. Here is an interesting fact…if you rearrange the letters of Santa, you get “Satan.” Have you ever researched how our holidays originated? You may be shocked to learn the truth. Check out Santa, but even more important, do a bit of deep research on Halloween. When I say “deep,” I mean to go a bit further than the part about “All Hallowed Eve.” It goes way deeper than that.

Because so few Christians actually dig deep into these matters, Satan is really thought of more as a little red character with a pitch fork, rather than a fallen angel who is bent on proving that his way is better than God’s way. The Bible tells us that he wants to be worshiped above God, and that he seeks to deceive the world. It all starts with little lies, setting the foundation of doubt, and by bringing in fun religious traditions that even the non-religious accepts, and in so doing, it is very easy for him to deceive the world.

If you are a Christian and you are upset with me because I have stepped on your toes, may I suggest you carefully read this again, perhaps more than once. You are the very person I have hoped to reach. For so many, our traditions (let me call them what they really are…ACCEPTABLE LIES), are more important to us than the truth. May I remind of you of one of the 10 Commandments… “Thou shalt not lie.”

TRADITION VS. TRUTH

There is no such thing as an Acceptable Lie. Tradition tell us otherwise. Which is more important to our society, tradition, or the truth?  Knowing the truth, would our society stick with tradition, or take a stand for the truth?  Many I know prefer tradition (even though a lie) over the truth.  You’ve probably heard the old song, “You’ve Got To Stand For Something, Or You’ll Fall For Anything.”  How can you take a stand unless you dig for the truth?  If you don’t seek the truth, deception awaits you…and you will fall for anything.  Tradition and its “Acceptable Lies” prove this point all too well!

Let’s hear from you. How do you feel about this subject? Do you agree/disagree?
Don’t worry, I won’t crucify you for disagreeing with me…actually, I expect it.
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  1. An update: My daughter recently learned the truth about Santa.  She turned on me and with the deepest of hurt in her eyes asked me why we lied to her.  My heart broke that day.  I hadn’t lied to her.  I never told her about Santa, I refused to go down that path.  When I had brought this topic up with some family members (in-laws) I was warned to keep my mouth shut, they wouldn’t have me ruining Christmas with their kids because I didn’t want to lie to my kid.  It was made clear that I was to leave tradition alone and not rob my child or theirs of the fun we all had growing up.

    I let them live their lie.  And when my daughter turned on me, it was a tough moment, for I was the only person who hadn’t lied to her.  We talked about it for quite some time.  She curled up in my lap and cried and cried.  Her pain was almost unbearable.  This was one of the toughest moments of my life, at least until the rest of the family got wind of this…then they all turned on me.

    Standing for truth isn’t easy, and comes with severe trials.  Are “acceptable lies” really acceptable?  Not in my book.  Do you have young children?  Read this blog post again please, and think about it.  If you’re a Christian, ask yourself this one question… “are acceptable lies really acceptable?”  Just think about it.

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