Posted by: chuckbumgardner | August 2, 2008

Bookman on Lies

Came across this thought-provoking tidbit by Doug Bookman:

The power of a lie is not intrinsic in its inherent credibility but in its attractiveness.  The pivotal moral issue is not whether people will believe the lie but whether they will obey it!  The father of lies learned in the Garden that a lie of almost infinite implausibility (“in the day that ye eat . . . ye shall be as gods”) will seduce if it is sufficiently tantalizing (“good for food . . . pleasant to the eyes . . . to be desired to make one wise”).  In short, a lie is powerful not because it is deceptive but because it is delicious.

Doug Bookman, “The Godward Focus of Biblical Counseling,” in Introduction to Biblical Counseling, ed. John F. MacArthur, Jr. and Wayne A. Mack (Word, 1994), 164-65.

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