Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Recon: Gates of Hell

We Christians are familiar—some only passingly familiar--with Jesus’ assertion that the Devil is the Father of Lies. That is, he is the progenitor of everything that is false. Let’s stipulate that and go further: he is the architect of Lies. God is building His kingdom, and so the Adversary is building his.

This adversary does deal in simple falsehoods, but those aren’t his most lethal weapons. He is an imitator of his enemy, God, and therefore, his deceptions are high, wide, deep, broad, complex—and, long-term.

 These types of deceptions are four-dimensional at the very least; they are his weapons of mass destruction.

This is as good a representation as any of how I visualize time.
When we think of lies, we tend to think of them as linear one-dimensional, straight-out falsehoods: 2+2=57, for example—a thing so outrageously false as to be laughable. Another uncomplicated falsehood: if I tell you that I weigh 120 pounds and I know that I weigh more than that, or less (ha ha), that is a simple lie and easily disproven--in my case anyway.

Following the math example, think of the most complex mathematical statement that is true, then think of the inverse, a process that’s also complex but false. But how would most people know that the process is false? Its sheer complexity is its shield against the revelation of its false nature.

The dimension of time is very important and adds to complexity. The segmented, one-dimensional way of thinking that I mentioned in this post makes it easy to miss the multidimensional edifices of falsehood all around us.

And if you can’t connect “before” with “now,” and with “later,” nor see how dependent these time concepts are on each other, then everything is “now.” By the way, the connection of those three time elements is the spine of what used to be called scientific method.

More in a bit.

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