Satan is most effective using half-truths instead of outright lies.
He likes promoting just enough truth about God to appear Biblical while denying the power of the Gospel to save and transform - God's love without His standards, salvation without repentance, blessings without responsibilities (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
Scripture records Satan's half-truth tactic:
1. He told Eve she'd understand good and evil (Genesis 3:4-5).
2. He quoted Psalm 91 to Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11).
3. He inspired Ananias' charitable giving (Acts 5:1-2).
Satan's half-truths are always deadly and deceptive:
1. All mankind suffered because Eve not only understood evil, she committed it (Genesis 3:22-24).
2. Jesus rebuked Satan’s misuse of Scripture (Matthew 4:10).
3. God struck Ananias dead for his half-truth giving (Acts 5:3-11).
“You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:31-32
Full and complete truth is important to God. Is it important to you?
Note: There are many half-truths promoted in Christian circles: Christian Myths, Judge Not Misunderstandings, Self-esteem Doctrine, Prosperity Gospel, Twisted Scriptures, Universal Salvation, "The Shack".
You will enjoy looking at the full Scripture passages and noting more about Satan's half-truths in today's Bite Size Bible Study. Don't miss it!