By Your Cross, O Christ our Savior, death’s dominion has been shattered; the devil’s delusion destroyed. The human race, being saved by faith, always offers You a song. (Lord I Call… Resurrection Verse Tone 3)
This verse from the Saturday Vespers service is a powerful message. Our Lord, through the Cross, has destroyed death’s dominion, and the devil’s delusion is destroyed. What is the devil’s delusion? It seems that in his delusion, he believed he permanently held those in Hades captive, and there was no escape. According to the Law he may have been right, but according to the Truth who is Christ, the devil was blown away in an overwhelming, unanticipated defeat of his power over the dead in Hades.
Delusion is a powerful spirit that impacts our daily lives. It is difficult to make decisions about the truthfulness of what we read because others constantly challenge whatever is offered as true or credible. So in the end, no one knows what to believe.
I imagine this is a difficult issue families face as we hear about the rising cases of Covid taking place once again. How can we believe such authorities as the CDC and Health Departments when many repeatedly question the truthfulness of what is reported? How do we address delusion in this area? How do we keep a health care issue from becoming a political issue?
Instead of me coming up with answers, I would like any of you who have read this post to respond in the comments section. Tell me what you rely on to help you discern what you read (particularly about the recent developments in the Pandemic) that you trust to be credible and truthful. Thank you.
The blessing of the Lord be upon you,
With love in Christ,