2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
…they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.
For that reason God sends upon them a strong delusion, leading them to believe the lie,
so that judgment may come upon all who did not believe the truth but took pleasure in wickedness.
That verse 11 is one of those mysteries of Scripture.
And makes me little nervous.
It seems that you may reject Christ to the point of your heart becoming so hard, that a strong delusion (sent by God!) will lead you to believe the lie.
And just what is the lie?
The lie which has led people astray from the beginning—”You shall be as God!” (Genesis 3:5)
The idea that you are your own God, and therefore can do whatever pleases you and better yourself by your own human efforts.
Every refusal of God’s love through Christ hardens your heart one step closer to permanent rejection.
Refusing Christ is not just rejecting a belief system or a religion. You are rejecting a person. You are rejecting love.
You are rejecting the ultimate, greatest, most self-sacrificial, incomprehensible love shown you by the Person responsible for your very existence! The One who gave everything—EVERYTHING–for you.
How horrified and deeply hurt I would be if our daughters grew up to not only be immoral, deceitful people regularly committing acts of injustice and taking pleasure in it; but also if they failed to acknowledge my existence and refused to accept any of my love and rejected me as their father.
So many believe the lie, worshipping and serving the creature rather than the Creator. So many fear, revere, and meditate upon people more than God. They exchange the truth of God for the lie (Romans 1:25).