Jeremiah 2:13, “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns, That can hold no water.”
Galatians 4:9, “But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?”
Only the Real Thing
Counterfeiting is epidemic in the business world. Imitations are made of almost anything Americans use – pills, jeans, spark plugs, aircraft parts, pacemakers, car brakes. Bogus transistors were even pawned off on Rockwell International for use in the 1976 Enterprise, a prototype of the space shuttle. Whether through an international consortium or privately, businesses tenaciously pursue counterfeiters, trying to protect their name brands and assure their customers of quality and value. Consumers like to know they are getting full value for their money.
Impostors all have two factors in common: (1) they claim to be as good as the real thing, and (2) they’re cheaper. Such an appeal is difficult to resist for the hard-pressed shopper looking for a bargain. And most people cannot make the distinction – the sham looks as good as the prototype.
Satan is a counterfeiter. When he whispers “I can give you the same thing Jesus offers, and you can practice self-fulfillment instead of self-denial to get it,” people listen. They want both the good life and heaven. Many seekers accept a cheap salvation, thinking it is equal to the real thing, only to find it is worthless! We need to remember: Nothing is real but the real thing.
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
Scratching people where they itch and addressing their ‘felt needs’ is a stratagem of the poor steward of the oracles of God. This was the recipe for success for the false prophets of the Old Testament. – R. C. Sproul
You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time. – Abraham Lincoln
All deception in the course of life is indeed nothing else but a lie reduced to practice, and falsehood passing from words into things. – Robert Southey
You can believe in whatsoever you like, but the truth remains the truth, no matter how sweet the lie may taste. – Michael Bassey Johnson