Occasionally, a new word appears in print and captures my attention. It is as if the Lord is trying to call something to my attention. Such a word is ‘calumny’. It occurred in a newspaper article about a priest’s alleged abuse of a boy. When the Pope was made aware of it, he responded to the report by saying it was calumny.
A little research provided the following explanation of the term. Calumny: making of false and defamatory statements in order to damage someone’s reputation; slander, defamation, vilification. For me It was a new term for an old concept.
Calumny is rampant in the world in which we live. ‘Fake news’, meant to hurt or defame a person, is presented as true. It is often accepted as true with little effort to validate or corroborate the information. Lives and reputations have been ruined by false or unsubstantiated statements. All areas of our daily lives are subject to this problem. Unfortunately, it is also true in the religious realm.
Our traditional Christian faith is under attack. Critics rail against the concept of spiritual absolutes. The virgin birth, the divinity of Jesus, and the resurrection are portrayed as non-essentials. Inerrancy and infallibility of scripture are scorned. Many religious leaders scoff at Biblical doctrines of Judgment and Hell.
This is not a new phenomenon. At the dawn of human life on earth, Adam and Eve succumbed to the calumny of Satan. “Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:3-4). This strategy of Satan should not be a surprise. “When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44, NKJV). From the beginning, Satan has called into question the integrity and truthfulness of God.
Wise words: “My dear friends, don’t believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world” (1 John 4:1, MSG).
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1, NKJV).
~ Brother Roy