Suppressing the Truth
Nena Arias | May 25, 2020“sinful men suppress the truth by their wickedness.” (Romans 1:18)
To suppress something is to deliberately hold back. So, we have to say that suppression of truth comes from wickedness. We all need truth sooner or later. We cannot live without truth.
Have you ever experienced the hurtful discovery that someone you trusted has been lying to you all along about important things? If that person is close to you, you may feel like your whole world has shattered and it effects your ability or willingness to ever trust to that degree again.
If you want the optimum quality of life, the truth about all the important things is something you should want, even if it hurts to have to face it. This culture of lies that we now have is as dangerous as walking on ice that you think is solid but in reality, it is very thin ice that will plunge you to your death at any moment. The illusion of that can’t last forever. That is not only a great degree of uncertainty to live by but a sure way to your destruction. It’s incredible how any people prefer to live with lies rather than truth.
Our generation, for the most part, around the world has chosen to live without God and his son Jesus who is the truth. He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)
Two things can happen when people come upon the message that Jesus is the truth.
They either embrace him or reject him. Those who choose to reject him will fight against him and not only deny his truth, but they suppress it. Jesus also said, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (Matthew 12:30)
When God reveals himself to sinners, which includes all of mankind, they immediately experience the conviction of their sin due to the image of God that is in every human being and it responds to truth. This conviction points out what is right and what is wrong. If they don’t like what the truth is telling them they turn their back on it because their conscience lets them know if they don’t mend their ways, there will be consequences of their sinful and suborn ways. People don’t have to be Christians to experience this.
God never reveals his truth to destroy but to point the way for people to be saved and restored into a right relationship with him, the Creator. People are not ignorant of God because God has revealed himself from the very beginning. “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:19-22).
As you can clearly see, there is a right and wrong to all of the important things from God’s perspective. Not because he just wants to lord it over us but because he knows best what is for our own good even if we don’t recognize it. However, he will always honor our free will. But, like a good parent, he will let us face the consequences of our choices. So, the only ones who get hurt by suppressing the truth is us.
The only way to know truth is to consult it in God’s holy Word—the Bible. Choose to live in God’s truth today. The choice is yours.