One of my goals in this book is to urge Christan woman to open their eyes and begin to evaluate what is going on around them-to wake up to the deception that is so pervasive in both our secular and our Christian cultures. So much of our lifestyle is rooted in ways of thinking that simply are not true. The result is a house built on sinking sand. One lie leads to another and another and another.
Unfortunately, most people mindlessly accept whatever they hear and see. We listen to music, read books and magazines, watch movies, listen to advice, and respond to advertisements without asking ourselves important questions:
- "What is the message here?"
- "Is it really true?"
- "Am I being deceived by a way of thinking that is contrary to the Truth?"
Satan's promise to Eve was tantalizing: "Your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil "(Genesis 3:5). Who could resist such an extraordinary offer?
The forbidden fruit was "good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom" (v 6, italics added). If it hadn't seemed so attractive, do you think Eve would have fallen for the offer? If that fruit had been rotten and crawling with worms, would she have considered disobeying God? Of course not. What makes Satan's offers so alluring and so deceptive is that they look so right.
The problem is that Eve didn't stop to evaluate what was really happening. She didn't take time to discern truth from error. She didn't stop to consider the cost and the consequences of what she was about to do. If Eve could have imagined the ugly, painful, deadly consequences of her choice-in her own life, in her relationship with God, in her marriage, in her children, in her children's children, and (through the sin of her husband, who followed her) in every human being that would ever live on the planet- do you think she would have listened to Satan's lie and disobey God? I doubt it.
But we have precisely the same problem. I have discovered that very few Christians seriously consider the consequences of their choices, We simply live our lives responding to people, circumstances, and influences around us-eating what we crave at the moment, buying the newest gadget advertised on TV, adopting the latest fads, and embracing lifestyles, values and priorities of our friends. It all looks so good; it feels so right; it seems so innocent. But we end up in abusive relationships, head over heels in debt, angry, frustrated, trapped, and overwhelmed. We have been deceived. We have fallen for a lie."
pp. 35, 36