Torn Between Two Loves By Scarlett Stough

A favorite plot among writers of romance novels is to set up a triangle, usually a woman who is attracted to two different men. She must discover which one is her “One True Love.” Sometimes one pretends to be something he is not while the other is “true blue.” Throughout the novel, the rivals reveal their true nature. As a result she is able to choose between them. Every person on earth, sooner or later, has to make a similar decision in the spiritual realm. We each are loved by our Creator, but we are drawn to another “love” which makes promises based on a lie.

Adam and Eve were seduced away from God’s love, guidance, instruction, provision and protection by a lie. The lie in essence is: you can do whatever you feel like doing or take whatever you feel like taking without suffering any negative consequences: “Follow your heart.” The same lie continues to seduce humanity away from the One who loves enough to allow the freedom to choose. (Read about Adam and Eve in Genesis chapters one through five.)

I remember a newspaper columnist with a genius level IQ who answered questions from readers. One of the questions she was asked went something like this: If you had to make a choice between a man you loved and a man who loved you while your own feelings were reverse, what choice would you make? The columnist’s conclusion was to choose the one who loved you. I don’t remember her exact reasons for this choice, but I think we all realize some obvious reasons.

Like Adam and Eve, we long to have and to do whatever looks good, tastes good, and makes us look good. We chase (the pursuit of happiness) after material possessions, pleasurable activities, and the accolades of other people. We love the things of this world and chase madly after them. In the meantime we get further and further away from the God who loves us and wants to do us good (I John 2:15-17.) We end up being taken captive and imprisoned by desire that cannot be fulfilled by chasing this false “lover.”

We do have a rescuer, a hero, who has already unlocked the prison door. We can stay imprisoned pining after a fantasy desire, or we can open our eyes to the genuine love and freedom offered to us by the one who loves us enough to tell us the truth and who gives us guiding boundaries to keep us safe (Romans 6:1-23.)

We watch people place faith in politicians who promise what they want to hear. Experience should tell us the candidates are making promises they cannot keep. We want to believe the lie. Religious leaders gain the trust of people with lies or distorted truth; we follow along willingly because we want to believe we can have our desires met by following the right leader or the right philosophy. But we refuse to listen to the One who loves us enough to tell us the truth we do not want to hear.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth warning them about false apostles who were masquerading as apostles of Christ:

I hope you will put up with a little of my foolishness; but you are already doing that. I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough (II Corinthians 11:1-4.)

Why do we easily put up with a “different gospel” or a “different spirit” or a “different Jesus” than the one Peter and Paul preached? We do it because we want to believe the lie that we can have whatever we desire apart from God and never have to suffer any negative consequences for it. We are willing to give up our freedom to choose to avoid doing the energetic work of getting to know God enough to trust and obey him.

Jesus began his messages to his church down through the ages by exhorting them to return to their “first love.” He ended his seven messages with this declaration: “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:19-20.)”

The person who chooses to love and commit to God and to prepare now is invited to participate in “the wedding of the Lamb (Revelation 19:6-9).” Those who do not prepare will not be allowed in (Matthew 22:1-14.)

The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness (Jeremiah 31:3.)

Will we choose the One who loves us? Or will we continue to follow an illusive, deceiving obsession?

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