We live in an information age and everything is about the data. The Book of Daniel reveals that in the last days knowledge and travel would increase.
Daniel 12:4 But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase.
So, if information is king, how we get our information is important. Let me define how information can be distorted and poisoned.
Misinformation: is false or inaccurate information that is communicated regardless of an intention to deceive.
Disinformation: false information, which is intended to mislead - especially propaganda issued by a government organization to a rival power or the media.
So, one is information that is just inaccurate, and the other is designed to deliberately deceive. Today, we have both in play in our world. I would venture to say that much of what we see or read on Social Media is a combination of the two, some is just hearsay, while the other is propaganda created to make a false narrative.
I use the word poison to describe how our information is being delivered to us Poison is designed to kill, and when inserted into a food source (or in our case information), it will destroy the person digesting it. How does it destroy? It destroys by making people believe in a lie. The greatest poison that can destroy truth is the lie. It started long ago with Satan in Heaven, and it has never ceased to exist.
John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Satan has been poisoning humanity for a long time. The Bible tells us that Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, and He became an antidote to the poisoning process of the lie.
1 John 3:8 But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.
The narratives in today’s world are all based upon the poisoning truth to make a lie. The political lies, the religious lies, the social justice lies, the purpose of life lies, the marketing lies, and on and on it goes. Now, I know I’m out on a limb here, and many of you are probably wondering where I’m going. So, let me tell you.
Today’s world accents on ideas, concepts, and speculation which are all designed to defend something. Intellectual narratives are the treasures in our culture; if you can present a case in an intellectual fashion, you have an audience and a following. For example, the media today defends its political agenda by how it presents information. It tells one side of a story that leads one to believe that story is the whole truth.
This can be misinformation, but often it is deliberate disinformation. Today, the media are not truth seekers; they are storytellers who create narratives of change associated with their worldview. Truth is irrelevant because it gets in the way of the “agenda.” That agenda, of course, is to poison any idea that resists the created narrative of choice. The way the media handles President Trump is a perfect example. Repeatedly he is questioned by the standards of liberal values and then presented as out of touch as a leader and tagged as a liar. What are they doing? Poisoning the truth with disinformation.
I have come to my own conclusion on information and here it is:
No information is right information unless it passes God’s test for truth.
• Liars have no place in God’s Kingdom. If you lie, you are poisoned by the evil one.
• Evil is selfish, it is deceptive, it intimidates, it robs people of freedom, and it is designed to create falsehood in your life.
• The goal of evil is to be worshiped, to promote the idols of prosperity, influence, and control.
• Any agenda that destroys the principles of Judeo-Christian values with the intent to drive God out of society or to marginalize any influence of religion, is both misinformation and disinformation.
The Bible is clear about how the influences in your life will affect how you think and how you live. I list Scriptures here to remind you of this, and a source to create your own filters to judge the information coming into your life:
1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals.
Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers.
1 John 3:4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.
2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
Titus 3:10 As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him.
1 Peter 5:8-9 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
Remember, poison is what is digested from misinformation and disinformation … so be careful what you digest.
Challenging the Culture with Truth … Larry Kutzler