Why are we afraid of the truth?

Why are we so afraid of the truth? People don’t want to hear the truth, but rather prefer for the truth to align with their beliefs. The Apostle Paul makes that very clear in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (NASB).

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”

But why do we do that? Why would people rather chase what they want to hear rather than what is true? Because the truth is convicting. When people hear something that is true, they’re forced to change. But change is difficult and requires hard work.

So instead we try to rationalize around what is true or alter the truth all together. And inevitably we can surround ourselves with those folks whose thoughts, feelings, and ideals are congruent with our own.

But rather than pursuing what you want to hear, I would challenge you to listen to the truth of God. How? By reading the Scriptures and obeying His Word. The Lord has given us truth to follow, but because it’s so convicting, very few want to hear it.


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