In the political arena, there’s a lot of talk bantered about these days here in the United States regarding the so called mainstream media promoting “fake news.” Stories presented by information outlets, some say are not true, are referred to as “fake news.” Those then hearing the “fake news” are led to believe something is true when it is not. If a story is indeed “fake news,” then simply stated, a lie is being promoted.
On the other hand, in the spiritual arena, the New Testament of the Bible many times uses the word “gospel,” which means, “good news.” By definition, “good news” would be news or information that is true, not false. The Apostle Paul spoke and wrote about the “good news” concerning Jesus Christ. There were, however, those in his day who promoted “fake news,” information regarding spiritual matters that were simply not true.
When he wrote to the born again believers in Corinth, he reproved them about a number of issues, one of which concerned the resurrection of the dead. He pointedly asked them, “How say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?” There were believers in Corinth disseminating false information concerning the resurrection.
He then continued in that epistle, showing them the truth, the “good news,” concerning the resurrection of the dead which includes Christ being raised from the dead, as well as the return of Christ when all believers will be made alive. The information some were spreading in Corinth was “fake news.”
When Paul wrote to Timothy, he named two individuals who were speaking “fake news.” Those two were telling people the resurrection had already happened. Paul said, concerning the truth, those two had erred. In other words, they were giving out false information, which Paul then stated was overthrowing the faith of some.
You can read a number of accounts of “fake news” in the Old Testament. On one occasion, God’s prophet Jeremiah wrote to God’s people warning them not to listen to those promoting lies who were saying they were speaking for God. He called them false prophets.
Jesus confronted the religious leaders of his time, who should have known better, who were promoting “fake news.” They were teaching traditions of man and calling them commandments of God.
It is very noteworthy, and very obvious, truth is truth whether an