We all believe in lies;  the lies we tell ourselves, the lies we are told by people we trust and the lies we pass along to those we love because we believe them to be the truth.  For example, my wife with the best of intentions has often told our children that I am a good man.  This is a lie, the same lie I told our children about her.  Jesus said no one is good but God (Mark 10:18).  In fact Jesus would not accept being called good by the rich young ruler (Matthew 19:17, Mark 10:18, Luke 18:19).  When this lie is exposed we can see that our pride blinds us to our spiritual need.  We live in a fallen world, we all miss the mark on being good.   The truth is, sometimes I try very hard to be good but only because I want to ‘look good’.

Bill McKibben describes how believing in lies can start out innocently enough and end up confusing a nation;  “Three quarters of Americans believe the Bible teaches that ‘God helps those who help themselves.’ That is, three out of four Americans believe that this uber-American idea, a notion at the core of our current individualist politics and culture, which was in fact uttered by Ben Franklin, actually appears in Holy Scripture. The thing is, not only is Franklin’s wisdom not biblical; it’s counter-biblical. Few ideas could be further from the gospel message, with its radical summons to love of neighbor. On this essential matter, most Americans—most American Christians—are simply wrong, as if 75 percent of American scientists believed that Newton proved gravity causes apples to fly up.”


Part of tilling the soil in your heart is to dig down and expose these heavy rocks of lies and throw them away so your ‘veggies can grow’.  My son and I became friends when we started to expose the lies we came to believe that stood between us.   It came as a surprise to him that I am no better (or worse) than he is.   Lies, even lies we believe are true, stand in the way of relationships.