genesis 5: deception

Chapters full of genealogies are hard to get excited about, aren’t they? Don’t worry, I’m not going to go beyond the first three verses.

These are the family records of the descendants of Adam. On the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God;  He created them male and female. When they were created, He blessed them and called them man.

Two genders. Two very distinct, different genders. So how do we bring this into our lives with an application, if we already believe it?

Perhaps by recognizing that the deception that is running rabid through our culture is not that there are no genders or many genders, or that we can be any gender we “identify” as on any given day. Those belief systems are just the outcome of the deception. The great lie behind these beliefs, in my opinion, is this:

Whatever we feel, is what is true.

Instead of realizing that our feelings are very often great liars, we are making them our god.

As a young girl of 10 or 11, I felt unloved, so I accused my parents of not loving me (as most adolescents do at some point). When I got older I realized that what I felt was not even close to being true. Part of growing up is learning that feelings come and feelings go, so we don’t make decisions based on how we’re feeling. We wait. We look for the truth, consider the facts.

“I feel”. It’s actually a rather ingenious tactic of the enemy. Humans are created with emotions. We feel things. All he had to do was convince us to judge truth by what we feel, or, by what we don’t feel.

Questions: What feelings have you determined to be truth?

Examples: I feel like a failure. I feel ugly. I feel like no one likes me. I feel stupid. I feel like I am made wrong. I feel unseen/unheard/unwanted. I feel unloved/unloveable.

Or how about these:

I don’t feel like I should have to forgive them. I don’t feel like I should have to give my hard-earned money away. I don’t feel like they deserve my help.

It’s worth thinking about. I can feel it.

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