I am an unapologetic Christian. As such, I have studied Christian principles and the teachings of Christianity. I am well aware of people, and even large groups of people throughout history who have claimed to be Christians and yet have done some very unChristian things, while twisting scripture to support their actions. I am also very well aware of antiChristian people today who point out these misguided, false Christians as the real thing in an attempt to discredit Christianity. Their attempt to disprove my beliefs in this manner only shows me that they do not really understand my beliefs, no matter how much they think they do. But I really do not wish to argue the validity of Christianity with this post. My point is that there is no point arguing it, I am an unapologetic Christian.
In my readings on Christianity, I also enjoy the occasional Christian novel. Works of fiction can often be used by authors to communicate truths and principles in a way that engages the faculties of the reader far better than any textbook description.
One common element I find in Christian fiction is spiritual deception. In this element, a person is deceived into denying reality no matter what evidence they are shown. To make up my own example of this, suppose a character is out jogging. They close their eyes for a minute, and end up running into a tree. At the end of their run, they swear there were no trees along the route they followed. When confronted with the evidence of their broken nose, the bits of tree bark embedded in the cuts on their face, and the oak leaves tangled into their hair, they continue to insist there was no tree anywhere along their route, and they actually believe they are telling the truth. They ignore the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, which proves their assertion to be untrue, and continue to believe their assertion. Now I made this scenario up to demonstrate clearly the idea. One of the best descriptions I have seen of this element occurs in the “Left Behind” series of novels, where the antichrist, a character named Nicolai Carpathia, shoots one of his opponents dead during a meeting of top world officials. He then tells everyone in the room that the dead man took the gun from a nearby police officer and shot himself. Everyone in the room except the main character believes Nicolai’s story rather than what they saw with their own eyes.
When, in the past, I have read Christian fiction like this, I found these scenes to not seem very believable. That is, until a few months ago. I have seen a phenomenon in our culture today where this very kind of deception is going on, on a rather large scale. I find it as I try to show clear, undisputed facts, impeccable logic, and overwhelming evidence of truth to any Trump supporter. They all, even people whom I have known in the past to be very clear thinking individuals, ignore these things, get angry with me for daring to disagree with them, and continue to ignore reality in favor of what they believe to be true, which contradicts the overwhelming evidence of reality.
To those who see through this deception, know that it is spiritual in nature, and physical arguments will never overcome it. Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Prophecy talks about an end times deception, and a falling away from the church. We are in it.
M. Douglas is an engineer, a security guard, and a loving family man.