From time to time, there is an old saying from childhood that bounces around in my head, “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” It just pops in on its own and goes round n’ round in my head. As a child, I did not understand or appreciate that little saying, but after many years of pondering the subject of lies and deception, I have determined that what we take in as truth is critical to how we live out our life. It is possible to believe something is truth when in fact we have been deceived into believing lies.
I like the way David Takle, author of The Truth About Lies And Lies About Truth, addresses the topic about what we believe and the art of deception. He uses the illustration of C. S. Lewis’ book, Screwtape Letters, saying it gives us a vivid picture of how pervasive the problem of deception really is in our lives. A demon apprentice by the name of Wormwood, is being trained by his demon uncle, Screwtape, in the art of deception and temptation. Following Wormwood’s education, we observe a very narrow set of methods that are repeated over and over to the person being targeted: distract, distort, confuse, and misrepresent all elements of reality!
We can all relate to the manipulative & deceptive methods presented by the demons, Wormwood & Screwtape, who keep people off balance through confusing and distorting reality! The methods of deception are powerful and destructive tools that affect every aspect of life for those targeted.
Deception is a subject that is repeatedly revealed throughout the Bible as the weapon of choice which is meant to destroy us. It is so powerful it can render our lives completely broken and ineffective. That said, it stands to reason that what we believe matters more than we can imagine, and it is truly the life force that drives us.
There is a relationship between what we believe and emotional pain. Think about that statement for a moment and let it sink in–there is a direct relationship between what we believe and emotional pain! If emotional pain is present, that is unresolved and/or trauma related, there is a lie(s)–deception–that we are believing, a lie that we have taken in as truth! What we believe constantly operates in the background driving us in some fashion, shape or form.
If the above is true, then we have to ask the questions: What lies are we believing; and, in what way have we been deceived; and, how in the world did those lies take root in a way that created emotional pain and trauma? Tackling the subject of truth and challenging our beliefs, especially discovering the lies we believe, becomes an important task if we desire to live life in intimate and authentic relationship with God and others.
Unresolved emotional pain and/or trauma control how we live out life and how we do relationship. Pain memories become constant triggers creating havoc and chaos in our life and the life of those we love. If we desire intimate and authentic relationships then the unresolved emotional pain that drives us must be resolved. Healthy relationship can only thrive in an atmosphere of trust and truth! Therefore, it is worth repeating, there is a direct relationship to what we believe and emotional pain.
This is not a simple subject and cannot be fully explored in a post about truth and deception. It takes a lifetime of input coming from many different directions, and experiences that form our beliefs about our identity, God’s character and our relationships. Truth is vital to restoration and healing of the broken places and it is critical for growth and change.
God bless and may you live “tangle” free!
FYI: For an in-depth look on the topic of the lies we believe and the art of deception see The Truth About Lies And Lies About Truth by David Takle.
Contact: Kiki @ DancingWithGod@charter.net