We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. But there is a place where someone has testified: “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor and put everything under their feet.” In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. —Hebrews 2:1-9
The first chapter of Hebrews was about Jesus’ status above all the angels. It appears that believers were falling away from the gospel and beginning to fall into traps by cults of the time. Angels, for instance, were recognized as exalted beings. I actually recall hearing about a cult in today’s time where people focus on and worship angels. So in both cases, the believers needed to remember that Jesus is way above the angels and to alone be glorified, and that salvation/eternal life may be accessed only through Christ. Anybody or anything that says or suggests otherwise is neither to be trusted nor believed.
This salvation from Jesus was also, not just something told to you by people (as if it was even by those who heard the Lord say so), but even confirmed by God Himself by the signs, miracles and wonders that He did through Christ, also by the gifts that the Holy Spirit gave out after Christ’s resurrection (Pentecost). In other words, what we’re telling you, as well as what we’ve told you since the start, is the Truth, and God Himself confirms this. Be careful not to fall into the untruth by believing lies.
Let’s look at some examples of lies that we see daily in the mass media:
- Good Magic
- Vampires “who are good”
- Witches “who want to help people” (“good” witches)
- Demons “on the side of good”, trying to “help”
- Angels as deity
All these are lies brought out through the media (although, the media is not the only place that they pass through). If you don’t have discernment, you risk falling for and believing them yourself.
Such is also the case with some churches and religions today. They sounds good, they make you feel good, but they’re totally wrong.
There’s a song I used to enjoy by Henry Rollins called, “Liar”, which I think gives a good example of the damage that lies can do.
When we begin to believe the lies, since it contradicts the Truth, confusion then results. Then the Truth is thrown out and one begins to believe only the lies, even accepting them as truth. That’s why we need to remain in the Word and keep with the Truth that we learned from the beginning when we first heard of and met Jesus Christ.