Watch Out For These 3 Narrators of Make Believe!

Atheist- a person who does not believe in the existence of a god or any gods : one who subscribes to or advocates atheism

 

As narrators Atheists have much to say and yet nothing that makes sense. Their narrative is full of holes and without logic. They don’t believe in the Bible but the Bible mentions them. (Psalm 14) What’s ironic is that many of them seem so angry at a Being they claim doesn’t exist. Their denial of God only proves their willful ignorance. Many attempt to use science and the theory of evolution to prove their case. Ultimately, true science proves them wrong. Atheists are like secular humanists. Both believe they are their own god. They honor man and turn a deaf ear and blind eye to a living God.

 

If there were no God there would be no atheists.- G K Chesterton

 

An  ineffably holy God, who has the utmost abhorrence of sin, was never invented by any of Adam’s descendents.- A. W. Pink

 

It was the evidence from science and history that prompted me to abandon my atheism and become a Christian.Lee Strobel 

 

“Now that I am a Christian I do not have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable: but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable.”-C.S. Lewis

 

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:Romans 1

 

Hypocrite-

1: a person who puts on a false appearance of  virtue or religion

2: a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings

If you’re interested in hypocrite or lying narrators from fiction you can find some here.

The Bible reveals a few well-known types of hypocrites. Some of the Pharisees of Jesus’ time were prime examples.  In Matthew 23, seven times he calls them hypocrites for various sins they continually committed. “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” What’s more hypocrites were found within the midst of the early Christians. Anaias and Saphira held back money they had promised to the church.  Afterwards, they lied in public about the amount they were supposed to have given. You can read about it here.

We can’t just hear or teach the Word without obeying and then expect the blessings of God.

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. James 1

Peter, who preached the great message on the day of Pentecost, also had a problem with hypocrisy later. When he arrived at Antioch he ate with the Gentile Christians. But after the Jewish Christians came, Peter separated from the Gentiles because he feared the Jews. (Galatians 2)

No matter the excuse for hypocrisy- whether it is pride, desire for power, greed, or fear -God will judge the hypocrite.

 

False Prophets/Teachers

The Bible (both the Old and New Testament) has plenty to say about these narrators of a fake gospel, fake dreams, fake humility, fake faith, fake love, fake miracles, fake preaching, fake prophecy, and so forth. Below are just a few verses that describe these wolves in sheep’s clothing:

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The Unreliable Narrator in Your Life

 

Are you familiargirlsadbook with the literary term ‘unreliable narrator’? Here’s the definition.

Synonyms for ‘unreliable’ are-undependable, untrustworthy, irresponsible, reckless, fickle, capricious, irregular, erratic, unpredictable, inconstant, mutable, faithless, untrue, flighty, slippery

The first-person narrator is the ‘gatekeeper’ or guide to the story. We see whatever they choose to show us. And sometimes we believe whatever they want us to believe. Even if it isn’t true. It’s important to know what kind of character the narrator depicts. Why? Because that can hint at the reason behind their unreliability. Might it be a child who has a limited understanding of events?(Think-Huck Finn) Could it be a mentally challenged person with certain weaknesses that make them vulnerable to misinterpretation of facts? (Flowers For Algernon) Or is it a criminally minded person who has a special purpose in deceiving other characters -or you as the reader? (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd)

Unreliable narrators can come in various forms as well as from different places. Below are 3 books with unreliable -supposedly nonfiction-authors which inevitably create unreliable narrators.

‘The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven” was a best selling ‘Christian non-fiction’ book in 2010. Alex was a young boy who was seriously injured in a car accident with his dad in 2004. As a result he became a quadriplegic. The boy made up a story about seeing angels and visiting heaven. It seems that his dad, Kevin Malarkey embellished the story more and then decided to write the book to make some money. Two years later Alex denounced the story, saying the “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven” was ‘one of the most deceptive books ever.’

Author Clifford Irving, along with other cohorts, contrived a scheme convincing a large publishing company that he had been hired by the reclusive millionaire, Howard Hughes, to ghost write his autobiography. Later Hughes declared over the phone to several journalists that he didn’t even know Irving. The scandalized author went to prison for 17 months. In 1981 Irving wrote ‘The Hoax’, a book about the events surrounding the fake autobiography conspiracy. It was made into a movie in 2006. Irving was displeased with much of the character depiction.(Somehow ironic)

In 2003 James Frey wrote a book entitled, ‘A Million Little Pieces’. It was the supposed memoir of his drug addiction and recovery. And it was listed as an Oprah book club selection. Later Frey was discovered to be a fraud because he had created and exaggerated much of the contents of his memoir. He and the publisher were berated on Oprah’s show for their deception. ‘A Million Little Pieces’ is now promoted as ‘a work of literature’ containing facts and embellishments.

The first unreliable narrator(liar) in the Bible is Satan who in the form of a snake deceived Eve with half-truth. Cain was the first human type mentioned in the Bible. God asked him where his brother was. “Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” Also, the book of Job contains three unreliable narrators-Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. As Job’s friends they come to comfort him in his time of loss and sorrow. Instead they end up accusing him of sinning and tell him it’s the reason for his suffering. Ultimately, his fourth friend-the reliable narrator- Elihu reveals the truth in his speeches.

An unreliable narrator may inadvertently deceive you because they lack knowledge of the situation. Possibly a result of their naivete or misperception. However, the criminal or evil type narrator has ulterior motives for misleading you. Perhaps they are attempting to hide their guilt by convincing you to suspect another character of the crime. Or maybe they’re narcissists and get amusement from tricking others by messing with their minds.

Whatever the reason for the deception the truth is still hidden. And that can stir up serious conflict in stories, news, novels, and reality. If you have an unreliable narrator in your life then you understand the problems they may propagate. It could be a family member, friend, co-worker, or stranger. They could use one or many devices in an attempt to keep you away from the truth. The falsehood might come in the form of gossip, hearsay, negative judgments, or even flattery.

A froward man soweth strife:
and a whisperer separateth chief friends. Proverbs 16:28

And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
Isaiah 11:3

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. John 7:24
Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. Psalm 78:36

Reading a story or novel with an unreliable narrator can be fun, exciting, and a good learning experience. The same cannot be said for a true to life one. Let’s not be found trusting in a liar. What’s more let’s not be or become the liar.

Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight. Proverbs 12:22

The most dangerous ‘narrators’ are those who call themselves minister’s of God’s Word but are deceivers. The Old Testament contains several stories about them. Jesus warned us of them many times.

And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. Matthew 24:11

13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.  II Corinthians 11

Satan is the ultimate ‘unreliable narrator’ who has one reason for deceiving you. He hates God and His holy character. Therefore he hates all His creation-especially His children who seek to worship and love Him in spirit and in truth. He may whisper in your ear “God hates you. That’s why you’re suffering so much.” He will say things like “God is sick of you-He’s given up on you because you’re worthless.” Anything that you hear, feel, or think must be filtered through the Word of God.  (To be continued..)

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