Scary Truth vs. Deadly Denial

Scary Truth vs. Deadly Denial
by Steve Arterburn

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32

Truth is a scary thing. Sometimes it frightens us into a “see no evil” way of life. Why? Well, for some of you life’s been incredibly difficult. You’ve survived what you hope is the worst and have no interest in further suffering. Denial may be the only coping mechanism you know, and you’d rather endure miserable circumstances than the painful discomfort of change that acknowledging the truth will require.

Ending denial brings with it the threat of loss. And people sometimes resist seeing the truth and accepting reality because of it. Accepting the consequences of truth may cause the loss of income, possessions, family, friends, or prestige.

What people seldom recognize, however, is that denial has even worse consequences, like the loss of life emotionally, spiritually, and sometimes, even physically. Friends, truth is scary. But its alternativedenialis worse than scary, it’s deadly.

Remember, Christ told us that once we hold to His teaching, the truth will set us free!

"Truth is as old as God
His Twin identity
And will endure as long as He
A Co-Eternity." -Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

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