Fact Check or Faith Check?
Webster’s Definition of fact
: something that has actual existence
space exploration is now a fact
: an actual occurrence
prove the fact of damage
: a piece of information presented as having objective reality
These are the hard facts of the case.
: the quality of being actual : ACTUALITY
a question of fact hinges on evidence
There’s a whole lot of fact checking going on today. But, are these fact checks really based on facts? And, where are people getting their facts?
We live in an age where anyone can share information on the internet and call it factual. For instance, have you ever researched a topic on Wikipedia? There may actually be some factual information on there, but there is a lot of information that is false, and largely unchecked.
Atheists claim there is no God. They say that science supports this “fact.” But, how does science prove there is no God? It doesn’t. Christianity is being attacked now more than it ever has been before in America. And, all of these attacks claim to be based on facts.
Anti-christians say the Bible is just a fictional book. Some call it a book of fairytales. I cringe at just having to type that! In our culture, most people are entitled to their own facts. Let’s take gender identity as an example. We have clear evidence that there are only two genders—male and female--except for the very rare occurrence of a person who is intersex (born with both male and female genitalia).
Some believe there are an infinite number of genders. Not only do they claim this to be fact, but they teach this in our schools and colleges as facts. Real facts are not subject to our own interpretations.
The objective fact (fact that can be seen or observed) is there are two genders indicated by genitalia—male and female. But in our society, facts are being changed on a daily basis to fit the agendas of those who oppose Christianity and embrace sin. This alone proves that facts are worthless today.
They teach these things and require students to accept them as absolute facts, and yet the Holy Bible is banned from schools. Wonder why? Maybe this is why they teach multiple genders, yet ban the Bible:
“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
Genesis 1:27 (NLT)
Homosexuality runs rampant in our society though God calls it detestable. Abortion is embraced as natural and a woman’s right. However, men and women's lives are being destroyed daily by this lie. Women are being deceived into having abortions which causes many to attempt suicide later due to the guilt of murdering their babies. But the worldly "facts" deny that a fetus is a baby even though God's Word says, "My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place...Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."
Psalm 139:15,16 NIV
Adultery has become a norm, and is applauded in many marriages. Swingers, wife swapping, and other sexual sin is widespread but normalized. Children are being stolen and sold into sexual slavery by the thousands, and even this is beginning to be promoted as normal because of sexual preference. Sin and perversion is on the rampage while truth and justice is under attack.
I could go on and on about things that are called facts without justifiable reason today, but I won’t. I’m sure you can think of many of your own examples. This attack on Christianity is typical of what Christ said would happen in the last days, but it is still alarming to see it all around us. Christians are denied their beliefs because it is considered "hate speech." or "homophobic."
Faith is, and will always be more important than the twisted facts this world tries to push on us. God’s Holy Word is greater than fact, because it is Truth. I have said it many times, “faith trumps facts.” So, we must be careful not to fall into the habit of “fact checking,” and instead, be absolutely sure we are “faith checking!”
The Bible is not subjective to our own beliefs and cannot be twisted to fit our agendas. It is plain and simple truth. And, it is the pattern by which the righteous live their lives. God’s existence is also objective which many also deny. But, He has shown His existence in the world that surrounds us.
Yet truth is still being suppressed by sin and wickedness. This in itself fulfills prophecy in Scripture about what we would see in the last days. Terrible things happen when we trade God’s Word for lies. And, especially when we deny the very existence of God.
But because people have rejected His existence and His truth, the world has been allowed to have its false belief system, along with its ridiculous "fact" checks. We often wonder how anyone—dare I say it—could be so ignorant and believe some of the ludicrous things that are believed and taught today. Even this is explained in the Holy Bible. Just take a look at these Scriptures and think about it.
“But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.
So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved. Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.”
Romans 1:18-28 NLT (emphasis mine)
It would be a terrible thing to be abandoned by God. Yet, if we continue to deny Him; If we continually rely on worldly “facts,” —and reject the infallible truth of God’s Word—we may very well find ourselves there.
Let’s forget about fact checking, and start faith checking. The only truth we need is found in the pages of His Holy Word. It is living and active, and He speaks to us through those words. Make sure your truth is coming from the most reputable source—The Holy Bible.
Donna Sparks is an International Speaker and Evangelist. She is the Author of Beauty From Ashes: My Story of Grace, and, No Limits: Embracing the Miraculous.