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DISTINGUISHING A LIE FROM THE TRUTH

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Introduction
Recently, I reread an article, written a number of years ago, about distinguishing whom to believe when confronted by charismatic teachers or authorities with contradictions to those basic beliefs inculcated in our youth from our parents. The writer was in a dilemma when moved by the facts presented by these authorities, and it very nearly shook his foundations. He somehow persevered, and learned some of the seemingly incontrovertible facts were, in the end, not persuadable enough to abandon his childhood faith. His house still stood unharmed, even though the memory of the quake still frightened him.
The writer went on to explain that he could never tell the difference between the truth of a fact or a lie, that no one could. This was based upon the idea that when Adam and Eve fell from grace they had sacrificed their divine ability to differentiate between what were true facts and what were false. They had been reduced to the more deficient ability of differentiating wh…