Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Distorting the Truth...Slightly (Practical Spirituality, New Thought-style)

G.C. Lichtenberg, 18th century physicist, said, "The most dangerous of all falsehoods is a slightly distorted truth."

Here's one of those slightly distorted truths. Ever heard of Lucifer? The Fallen Angel? The Devil? Satan? Sure you have. You might even believe him to be a real thing, a being, a personality, if you will. But here's the slight distortion...

Lucifer is mentioned but one time in the entire Bible, in Isaiah 14:12: "How you are fallen from heaven O Lucifer, son of the morning..." In actuality, Lucifer is a Latin word, stuck into the middle of a Hebrew passage. How do you suppose that happened? Latin hadn't even been created, and wouldn't be for a long time to come, when this passage was first quilled. But wait. It gets better.

Lucifer is actually the old Roman name for Venus. It means Bringer of the Dawn, or The Light Bearer, The Bright Morning Star. Which, of course, is what Venus is. Ever seen her in the morning, just before the sun comes up? Beautiful. That's Lucifer.

Now, to twist this just a bit further and to make this as short and sweet as possible, Jesus is referred to in the New Testament as The Bright Morning Star. Say what?

See what happens with a slightly distorted truth? In the only place Lucifer is mentioned in the Bible, he comes off as an evil entity and is cursed from there on out. When he's mentioned in the New Testament as Jesus, he comes off as the Son of God.

As Pontius Pilate so aptly asked, "What is truth?"

"The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out." Prov. 18:15

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