7 Sentimental Lies You Might Believe

The Princess Bride (1987) spans the spectrum of film-lovers' delights. It boasts one of the cleverest movie scripts of all time, and includes a great deal of refreshing honesty about life. In particular, one line from the grandfather and narrator has remained with me since my first watching — and has sunk deeper in my many re-watchings. The young boy, sick in bed, stops his grandfather's reading of The Princess Bride during a description of an especially unjust sequence where the princess is being forced to marry the evil prince. He indignantly declares, "It wouldn't be fair." His grandfather"s response drips with wisdom from above:

Well, who says life is fair? Where is that written?

Simple and brilliant. And much needed today. The underlying challenge is clear: Examine your assumptions. Our society carries hundreds of unquestioned assumptions, and we Christians ought to ask, astutely and often, "Who says? Does God say that? Is it biblical?"

The following is a list of seven of the most egregiously assumed truth-claims in popular culture today, with a biblical check for each one.

1. "Things will work out."

Who says? Unless the speaker means that "all things work for the good of those who love God and have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28), which is specifically to see them "conformed to the image of his Son" (Romans 8:29) while they are "waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13), then it is simply wishful thinking.

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