United States Secret Service agents spend hours studying counterfeit money to find the real thing – the real notes. They become so familiar with the intricacies of true currency, that false ones are easily recognized. Sadly, there are many ill-effects that counterfeit money, or anything else fake, has on society. It casts doubts on everything – even those things that are true and authentic.
The same principle applies in the spiritual realm. All around us are belief systems that promise to discover the God within you, or the ability to delve into psychic mysteries, or those that assure that we have innate goodness and the need for no authority beyond ourselves.
It is good to be on the alert. For the Bible specifically says: “Prove all things, hold fast that which is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21) Counterfeit beliefs seek to turn our attention from the true God revealed in Jesus Christ. You can avoid being trapped by a lie. If you’ll spend time getting to know Christ and His teachings in Scripture, false ideas are easily seen because in comparison to knowing Christ, other ideas don’t even come close.
The United States Secret Service remains committed to zero tolerance and is determined to investigate each and every counterfeiting case. Shouldn’t we be just as committed when what we believe is at stake? Can you spot the truth?