If you’re a LYWB.com bloggie you know that we’re taking a look at A.W. Tozer’s book The Knowledge of the Holy this month. The first chapter of that book is titled “Why We Must Think Rightly About God.” Interestingly, the first set of lies introduced in Lies Young Women Believe is “Lies About God.”
There is a reason for this pattern.
Lies about God have the power to destroy us. No other area of deception is as powerful or harmful.
I admit that theology isn’t my favorite subject. It certainly seems more interesting to talk about guys, or beauty, or media. But all of those issues are secondary to thinking rightly about God. That’s because misunderstanding who God is or what He asks of us will inevitably impact how we think about guys, and beauty, and media, and clothes, our parents, and our friends, and…well, you get the point.
Nancy and Dannah open the Lies About God chapter this way, “ Let’s start by looking at the lies young women believe about God. Nothing is more crucial than this. If you have wrong thinking about God, you will have wrong thinking about everything else. What you believe about God will determine the way you live. If you believe things about Him that aren’t true, you will eventually act on those lies and end up in bondage” (Lies Young Women Believe, 44).
Tozer writes, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
The most important thing?
Is he right? Are my ideas about God the most important thing about me? If I am wrong about God will I be wrong about everything else?
This is why a commitment to pursuing God’s Truth is so important.
John 1:1 tells us “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” The Word was God…
How do we get to know who God is? By getting to know His Word. How do we know if the messages about God that we’re receiving through our culture, or our parents, or even our pastors are correct? By sifting them through the filter of God’s Word.
It does take some diligence to be on guard against lies about God. But it’s worth the effort. It is, after all, the most important thing.