Confused by “Fake” News?

We are living in a time when it’s pretty hard to know what’s “real” news and what’s “fake” news.  On the face of it, without investigating and digging around a bit, we can easily be fed “stories.”

It’s not just the sophomoric National Enquirer anymore!  Amazingly, it’s the “sophisticated” adults who are doing it!  With impunity!  The lack of negative consequences only encourages them!

We saw, and are seeing these “fake news” stories a lot these days, with the contentious political climate.  To be fair, it happens on both sides of the aisle.

We have all grown up, I think it’s right to say, with the ideal that when we turn on the news, we’ll get the real story.  After all, journalists are supposed to present their news without bias.  Opinions are supposed to be reserved for the op-ed pages.

And with the growing popularity of social media, it’s even harder to sift out truth from fiction. And the problem isn’t limited to secular news, either.

There are those who make a living exploiting the throngs of people who are hungry for God’s truth.  How do we know what’s true and what’s “fake”?

  1. Other sources will confirm it. Since all truth is God’s truth, God’s works (all God’s created world) will support God’s Word. (Psalm 19)
  2. Go beneath the surface. It will take some digging, both figuratively and spiritually! But if it’s true, there will be often be something to corroborate it, such as archaeological evidence.  (There’s even an Archaeological Study Bible that points out hundreds of places where this has happened.)
  3. Hold onto the teaching of Jesus. It will set you free!  Oh, it won’t be the kind of freedom that says “anything goes,” but the kind that unshackles you from all that would keep you from experiencing the fullness of God’s joy! (John 8:31-32)
  4. The spiritual connection: God’s Spirit will affirm in our spirits that we belong to Him!  (Romans 8:16)