Not of this world – True or False?

I came to know of this test called serology testing for Covid-19 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The intent of this test was to determine if the infection was a recent one or a past infection. From one online source1, it seems to suggest that it is possible to interpret the result of the test as a false positive or false negative. Now this is rather mind-boggling as instead of helping us to find answers, the test result confuses us even more.

Scams are on the rise, and it is hard to tell whether they are true or false which is why there are still people taken in by them. In an environment where we are constantly bombarded with information, it is good to check if the information is authentic or not. With many scams and fake news, people need to be on their guard and test the veracity of the information. The prophet Jeremiah reminds us that:

They bend their tongue like a bow; falsehood and not truth has grown strong in the land; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know me, declares the LORD. Let everyone beware of his neighbour, and put no trust in any brother, for every brother is a deceiver, and every neighbour goes about as a slanderer.  Everyone deceives his neighbour, and no one speaks the truth; they have taught their tongue to speak lies; they weary themselves committing iniquity. Heaping oppression upon oppression, and deceit upon deceit, they refuse to know me, declares the LORD (Jeremiah 9:3-6).

The challenge today is to sieve out the truth from the many falsehoods, so how do we do that? One way is to fall back on reliable sources and one of which is God’s word, the Bible. For “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him” (Proverbs 30:5).

The world now does not seek the truth, neither is it bothered by the lack of truth. Jesus did warn us when he said:

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you (John 15:18-19).

We live in this world, but we are not of this world. This means that as we live in this world, we will always be living in tension. When you are about to face the unknown, there will be fears and apprehension, so how do you still your fears? Put your trust on that which can give you assurance. Trust Jesus for your life!

Ps Frankie Koh