We Christians think of ourselves as truthful people. We say we not only know the truth but we love it as well.
Being a Christian, I have a lot of Christian friends. Being a pastor, I have known a lot of Christians over the years, in good times and bad. I find the above statement very interesting because it does not exactly conform to my experience. Listen to sermon here.
I have noticed that when it comes to the truth, many Christians like it in some sort of abstract theological sense, but very few actually like it as it applies to themselves. My experience with my own reaction to the truth about myself jives with what I have observed in most of the Christians I have known as friends and have counseled over the years. We tend to fear hearing the truth about ourselves. In fact, we will go to great lengths to avoid hearing the truth about ourselves.
The Bible seems to agree. The Bible suggests we are susceptible to self deception. “In denial” is a very popular phrase we often use about other people. Avoiding the truth about ourselves seems to be a part of our nature. Being naturally curious I find myself wondering why. Why are we prone to self-deception?