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Penelope Potter Ss.T
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
"GOOD MORNING MISS POTTER!"
"Is everyone ready to begin their Sunday School lesson for today?"
"YES MISS POTTER!"
"Very good. Then we will begin. Today's lesson is about hiding truth. Can anyone tell me what truth is? Yes Jane?"
"I think I know Miss Potter. Truth is when you don't tell a lie."
"Yes Jane, that is truth. But sometimes we can not tell a lie and not tell the truth either. Who can tell me how a person can tell a lie even without saying a word?"
"Miss Potter, do you mean like not saying anything when the teacher asks who threw the eraser and you don't tell her it was you?"
"Very good David. That is an excellent example. How did you know that is what I was looking for?"
"Well, I, well Miss Potter, I did that one time and I felt bad like I was lying when I didn't say anything. And I felt even badder when the whole class had to keep their head down on their desk for a long time because I didn't tell on myself. But I didn't do it again Miss Potter, I promise!"
"You've given another example of a problem with lying, even if the lie is not spoken. Others often have to pay for our not telling the truth. And sometimes we do something wrong, and our guilty feelings tell us not to do it again, isn't that right David?"
"Yes Miss Potter."
"So one way to hid the truth is to keep quiet when we know the truth, and as Jane said, truth is not telling a lie. How else can we hide truth? Yes Albert?"
"Do you mean like under my bed Miss Potter? I hide things under my bed all the time and I know nobody can find it there."
"Sometimes I hide things in my shoe Miss Potter, but my dog always finds it there."
"Miss Potter, I have a little brother who always gets into my things. If I hide something he always digs till he finds it. But if I put it out, like on my bed in plain sight, he doesn't bother it. Is that hiding something?"
"That is just what I was looking for Thaddeus. We can hide things right out in the open where everybody can see it, and because it's so obvious, nobody thinks it's important or valuable. There another way we can hide something out in the open, can anybody think of what it is?"
"I know of one way Miss Potter. I like to do puzzles and sometimes I have to find a piece, like maybe for the sky, and all the pieces look the same. There's just an itty-bitty thing about the right piece that's different from the wrong pieces, and it's hard to find the right piece. I like puzzles, but not when it has sky."
"That is just what I was looking for Teddy. One way to hide something is to have it mixed in with something just like it. Did you know the devil does this with God's truth? The devil is a deceiver. He likes to trick people like he did with Adam and Eve in the garden. It's a lot more fun for him when he can make us think we have a truth, and run off with what we think is truth when we really have the devil's pretend truth, then it is for him to just come right out and tell a big lie."
"Miss Potter, you mean the devil makes pretend things that looks like real things just to fool us?"
"That's right William. The devil makes pretend books and stories and legends that sound and look almost like the real thing, but really aren't. He will tell us things that sound good to our ears, and that seem right, but they really are just enough off to keep us from finding the truth, like what he did with Eve."
"And with Jesus Miss Potter? Didn't he try to do the same thing with Jesus?"
"Very good Michael. The devil did with Jesus at His temptation the very same thing he did with Adam and Eve in the garden. He tried to get Jesus to satisfy His own needs and desires by telling Him things that were almost true, but not quite, in order to get Him to stop listening to God and to listen to His own wants."
"Miss Potter, that sounds kind of like what I see on TV, I mean, I see commercials all the time that say we should do this or that because it will make us feel good or be popular. Is that the devil talking to us?"
"It just might be Mary Jane, it just might be. And if not the devil, whoever it is uses the same words as the devil, doesn't he?"
"Miss Potter, I saw a movie on TV about Noah's Ark, and they said there are stories all over the place about a flood and some people escaping in a boat. They said this proves that the Bible story of Noah isn't true but that they just took a story from other people and copied it. Is that true Miss Potter? Did Noah really do like what the Bible says he did?"
"This is an excellent example of the devil adding his own pieces to a puzzle, Bobby, making it appear that the truth is possibly a lie. It creates doubt and confusion. Always keep in mind that the truth is found in the Bible. The Bible is the Word of God, and anything that conflicts, that is that's different, than God's Word is not the truth, but is there to confuse and to direct us away from truth. And once we get just a little bit off track, we will end up in a ditch."
43Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. (John 8:)
6As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 17Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. (2Peter 3:)
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