SNT (Stained Napkin Theology)
February 15, 2018, 11:58 AM

Fake News

Fake News Is Not Good News

According to Merriam-Webster, “fake news” has been in use since the 1890’s. [MW-The Real Story of Fake News, Mar 24, 2017]. President Trump posted his first-ever tweet containing the phrase “fake news” on Dec. 10, 2016, more than a month after Election Day. [WP-Callum Borchers, Oct 26, 2017]. Actually, Fake News is much older!

The first episode of fake news is recorded in: Gen 3:1-5

(v 1) Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made…
(v 4) …the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die.
(v 5) For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." 

Fake news was introduced into creation by one deemed a liar (Jo 8:44). It has been a useful tool of deception since the beginning.

Scripture cautions concerning fake news:
(Pro 14:15) The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.
(1Th 5:21)  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
(1Jn 4:1) Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. (ESV)

It is the ultimate example of fake news to declare that mankind should question his Creator, that God cannot be trusted and we have no need of Him. We are not spiritually self-sufficient. We are unequipped to relate to a Holy God. It is impossible to redeem ourselves from the consequences of our sin. Thankfully, God has offered hope through the revelation of His “Good News”.

Good News Is Not Fake News

(Act 14:7)  And there they preached the gospel.

The phrase “preached the gospel” is translated from the NT Greek word euaggelizo meaning: to announce good news. The Gospel is not to be published on an opinion page. It is an announcement to be heralded, broadcast, published, and proclaimed! (Mk 13:10, 16:15)

Herein is “God’s Good News”: God sent His Only Begotten Son to be our Substitute, to endure the wrath of God against sin. In accordance with Scripture, He was born of a virgin, lived righteously, crucified, buried, raised, ascended, and presently sets at the right hand of the Father, from where He will personally return to defeat death, destroy Satan, restore creation, resurrect believers to everlasting life and non-believers to eternal death.

The disciples came to Jesus one day to ask: 

(Jo 6:28) … What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
(Jo 6:29)  Jesus answered… This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom he hath sent.

The only way sinners may please God and be acceptable to Him is by believing the Good News - the Gospel of His Son, Jesus Christ, Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life! (Jo 14:6)