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Monday, 8 October 2018

The Power of Words


I once came across a rhyme which I’ve never forgotten. I believe it was written in the 1880s, to Laura Ingalls (in the book ‘Little Town on the Prairie) – advice from her mother when Laura is ashamed of something she’s rashly said. I think it is sound advice:

‘If wisdom’s ways you wisely seek,
Five things observe with care,
To whom you speak
Of whom you speak
And how
And when
And where.’

There is a power behind words which is evident in the world around us. Fake news; biased reporting; exaggerated headlines; outright lies glossed over by terms such as “according to sources close to...”. Words can twist and turn and misrepresent facts, people, events, politics, religion, opinions, worldviews. Words can destroy people, make or break governments, erode trust, influence beliefs. 

Who would have thought that the assembling of letters in a chosen order, whether in writing or in speech, could be so powerful, so pernicious, so devastating?

If you know anything about the Bible, you will understand that it demonstrates and explains plenty about the use of words. The Bible teaches that we have the power, in words, to do great good, or great harm. Sadly, we often cause harm with our speech:

‘The human tongue can be tamed by no man. It is restless evil, full of deadly poison...’
James 3: 5-9, from the Amplified Version of the Bible

This is certainly something that the Government of the land of Err understands in The Rumour Mill. This is the final book in the Aletheia Adventure Series. It describes the most odious attempt to destroy Bible truth (represented by the city of Aletheia), on the part of the land of Err (which represents all the enemies of the truth of the Bible). Already the land of Err has attempted to overcome Aletheia with open invasion and war. But as this didn't work, what would?

‘The Governor’s foot slipped unexpectedly… she stopped and inspected her shoe – on the sole of which was a squashed, slimy, still-wriggling worm. Her lip curled in a sneer. She wished the troublesome city of Aletheia was as easily overcome as this helpless worm... Quietly, she said, “We let them destroy themselves.”’
[The Rumour Mill]

What can be more effective than open assault?
What about the poison of rumour and the destruction of lies?

In a future blog we’ll think about the one Person who lived on earth, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who only ever spoke Truth (in fact, who is The Truth). Words can be used for good! To quote Proverbs 25:11 in the Bible (Amplified Version):

‘A word fitly spoken and in due season is like apples of gold in settings of silver.’

We can’t control the flow of words about us; we will never stop the printing of lies; we can, however, through the power of God, change and manage what we say and discover the secret of how to discern the truth (more on this in a future blog!). In The Rumour Mill we will discover how the grand plan of the government of Err, to use rumour and lies to destroy the Truth of Aletheia, played out.

‘Yes, the Rumour Mill, the terrifying headquarters of the Meddlers, would conquer the Truth of Aletheia.
With lies.’
[from the Prologue of The Rumour Mill]
What force will be strong enough to protect and defend the city from the powerful poison of lies?
To be continued in the next blog in this series:
What defeats lies?

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