Myths, Lies, and Misunderstandings (MLMs)
It is important that we have a clear understanding about eternity—what it is and what it isn’t. Living in the 21st century requires that we be diligent and focused in not only equipping ourselves with correct information but also in understanding the source of our information. This is especially true with regard to issues pertaining to eternity.
What are MLMs?
To introduce this section, we will begin with Webster for a short description of what MLMs are and their intent. We will use these in our teaching about eternity.
- Myths are widely held but false beliefs or ideas. Myths are upheld to misrepresent the truth and to maintain certain beliefs.
- Lies are statements that one knows are false, with the intent to deceive.
- Misunderstandings stem from a failure to understand something correctly. A misunderstanding can be caused by an incorrect conception or a misinterpretation. It can also be mistakes of meaning or intent.
Why are there MLMs?
Myths, lies, and misunderstandings can be credited to many different things. Myths and misunderstandings concerning eternity can be attributed to a general lack of knowledge. Even within our churches, discussions on eternity are limited and typically linked only to eternal life and life after death. We need congregations that are better informed about eternity and how it impacts how we live our lives.
Lies, of course, can be assigned to the father of lies or Satan. Satan has done an excellent job in intentionally deceiving people about eternity. Eternity is the greatest inheritance believers are gifted with. Knowledge of eternity present and eternity future provides us with hope amid our struggles. Knowledge of eternity adds to our resilience and gives us reason to persevere. Therefore, we do not “faint” (2 Cor. 4:17).
How to deal with MLMs?
What is the best approach in dealing with false beliefs, misrepresentation of the truth, and incorrect interpretation? Seek out and know the truth. The primary source of that truth is the Bible. The Holy Spirit will also guide us in all truth, including truth pertaining to eternity (John 16:13).
Secondarily, we can address questions we might have about eternity with our pastor. We can ask them for creditable resources on the topic that can help expand our understanding.
In this postmodern era, relativism offers the view that there is not absolute truth; truth is relative based on individual perceptions and considerations. Satan uses this thinking to continue his campaign to “blind our eyes” (2 Cor. 4:4) about God, His Son, and our position in Christ. This includes the truth about eternity.
Why is this conversation important?
It is important that we have correct knowledge about eternity. Consummate writer and faith blogger, Ruth Clemence shared “7 reasons to live with Eternity in Mind”. I will list the top three that resonated with me.
- Our life in this world is temporary.
- People are facing life and death without hope.
- The Gospel needs to be proclaimed clearly and truthfully.
The best time we can learn about eternity is now. While our time is in God’s hand (Ps. 31:15), He has given us true knowledge of Him which includes knowledge of eternity.
Next week we will present the second half of “Myths, Lies, and Misunderstandings about Eternity” with the listing of MLMs currently driving the 21st century worldview of eternity.