Turning Light Into Darkness
A Whopper of a Fish Tale
One of the most famous pictures in Scripture is that of Jesus calling His disciples to follow Him and become “fishers of men.”1 But as marvelous as this scene is—one that speaks of a God Who is ever seeking to save the lost—there’s also an ominous flipside; another fisherman is just as determined to fill his boat with fish. That fisherman is Satan; and he has his own crew of fishermen, the children of disobedience in every age, who love darkness more than light.
Whereas Jesus and His crew fish for men with words of truth, Satan and his bunch snag their prey with words of deceit—a succulent bait which disguises the hook that spells the end of any and all unsuspecting fish.
It’s this competition, then, between truth and lies, between God and Satan, between two factions of fishermen, that lies at the heart of this story. A whopper of a fish tale, it is, however, not a fish tale in the usual sense, though it does contain certain elements of the tall tale. But in this case, these elements are not interjected to brag but to supply an antidote to the devil’s hook of lies. Any exaggeration or distortion of truth in this tale will be engaged strictly to demonstrate the difference between the original form of truth and its refashioned counterpart.
What we’re talking about here is none other than the truth that the Lord of the Sea Himself has given to His fishermen: The Bible.
In the hands of Jesus’ fishermen, God’s word is a hearty tool that elicits the most cherished commodity in creation—trust, or, as it’s expressed in biblical terms, faith. “Without faith,” the Scriptures tell us, “it’s impossible to please God.”2 By faith, the ancients parted the waters, raised the dead, and opened the gates of Heaven. Naturally, something this precious to God is the greatest threat to the prince of this world, Satan, who never stops trying to thwart this truth-affirming, faith-creating word of God.
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Yet ironically, the one thing the devil has going for him in his quest—the only thing, really—is that contained within the very nature of God’s word is a peculiar conundrum. The word is presented to humanity in the form of a paradox, designed not only to reveal the ways of God but also to conceal them. This is done, according to the edict of Heaven, to allow access to the things of God to the faithful while at the same time to bar access to thieves and robbers. Unfortunately, though, that means the very tool that God uses to spark His rescue effort of humanity also contains the slimmest of potentials with which the enemies of God can nullify that divine effort.
It’s this double-edged nature of The Bible, then, that lies at the heart our dilemma, and why we’re so often faced with two apparently opposing realities inspired by a single source. That’s why it’s so easy to dissect truths of Scripture from their context and reshape them into new versions of “truth.”
Slaves obey your masters; judge not or else you’ll be judged; wives submit to your husbands; an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth—all familiar concepts that have their origin in Scripture. Yet every one of them, when reinterpreted apart from their proper context, is used to justify behavior that’s clearly opposed by the true spirit of Scripture, from cover to cover.
The maddening result: Although The Bible has inspired many of the finest contributions to human culture, like the universal brotherhood of mankind, the existence of the human soul, and the equality of every individual on this planet, it’s also inspired some of the most damaging, such as slavery, genocide, and warfare.
How and why can such contradictory energies be fueled by the same source of inspiration? And more importantly, how is this paradoxical nature of Scripture exploited by the enemies of truth who seek to confound our understanding of it at every turn? These questions are precisely what this book, Fish Tales (From the Belly of the Whale), will seek to answer, so that by better understanding the numerous factors that contribute to this dilemma, we’ll be that much closer to disarming their effect in our lives.
Counting down one misconception after the other, we’ll analyze how these biblical concepts have become so misconstrued over time, revealing the three-step principle involved in this process.
Step One: To create a great misconception, latch onto any idea that forms a legitimate basis of biblical truth. Step Two: Isolate that truth from its context and then discourage any reference to other verses that might contradict it. Step Three: Repeat this new version of the so-called “truth,” in zealous opposition to all that’s contained in the initial version of said truth.
While this process might seem at first too simple to be of any real effectiveness, any doubt as to its power is eliminated upon seeing this three-step principle in action.
For example, if you ask a hundred people, you’ll find that practically everyone believes The Bible says, “Money is the root of all evil.” Here we have a classic case of a great misconception. That’s because, one, it presents us with a solid slice of scripturally-based truth; two, it’s examined entirely in isolation from its original context; and, three, it’s quoted so often and with such conviction that it’s actually entered the lexicon of human ideology.
Such simple steps, yes; but consider how effective these three simple steps are, after all. Consider how often you, too, have been tempted to believe that money is the root of all evil—that is, if you consider yourself a true believer of The Bible.
Of course you’d only be tempted to believe it should you resist the urge to check Scripture for yourself, because then you’d discover the Apostle Paul really said that the “love of” money is the root of all evil, and not as most people assume, that money, in and of itself, is the offending root.
So, if you’ve ever wanted to know why The Bible presents such a contradictory reality, then it’s time to take your own plunge into the belly of the whale. There, you’ll discover that just because the sacred truths of Scripture have often been distorted by those who wish to turn light into darkness, this isn’t the final chapter of the tale. And in the end, you’ll find that when God sets forth His intention in Scripture, He actually means what He says and says what He means, regardless of centuries of disinformation that contribute to the greatest misconceptions ever blamed on The Bible.