Counterfeit vs Authentic

Law enforcement agencies from around the world look to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a model for counterfeit detection.

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I remember one day in Sunday School, the teacher pulled out a 50 dollar bill (or perhaps likeness thereof) and asked the class to make a determination if it was real or counterfeit. As it made it’s way around the class, students would examine it carefully, hold it up to the light, and subject it too all kinds of tests. Answers varied. After all, most of us are not that familiar with a 50 dollar bill. When it got to me, I announced that I was about to tear up the bill into little pieces. The reaction of the teacher made me certain that the bill was authentic!

There are many systems of faith out there. Some are authentic, some are counterfeit. They are systems of faith and none can be absolutely proven true or false this side of eternity. But the good news, and the bad news, is that someday we will know. As in the case of the ripped up 50 dollar bill, it will be too late for many. For now, we believe by faith. So how do we reconcile these divergent systems of faith?

In our effort to be politically correct, we have adopted cultural relativism – so as not to offend anybody. The basic premise is that we can all peacefully coexist under the notion that what you believe is true for you, but others may hold equally valid, but different – even diametrically opposing, points of view. Sounds nice huh?

It’s sewage from hell.

It negates the principle that there is such a thing as absolute truth. It’s funny how the same people who buy into cultural relativism and it’s rejection of absolute truth, readily accept the idea of absolute truth in other areas.

Imagine building a house without certain and absolute truth. There is a standard of what is an inch, foot, yard, etc. Without these absolute truths our houses would crumble – if they could be built at all! I don’t want to go to the 17th floor of a building that was built by cultural relativists! Carpenters and craftsmen use tape measures, levels and plumb lines as tools to establish absolute truth. If the structure deviates from the standard of truth, it is an error, a defect, and must be corrected.

Law enforcement agencies from around the world look to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a model for counterfeit detection. They are held in high esteem as the experts. You know what? They don’t study counterfeit bills! They study, really study, the authentic.

There are two principles that we can glean from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and apply to our Christian life:

  • Know the authentic
  • Know that anything that deviates from the authentic is counterfeit

As Christians, we have a standard – the bible. It is assumed to be God’s revelation of Himself to man and is without error or omission. It is truth. But the existence of the bible and it’s truth isn’t going to be useful unless you earnestly study it. By hiding God’s word in our heart, we are equipping ourselves to recognize counterfeit. It is not our job to study every cult that comes along. It is not our job to logically debunk the counterfeit.

There’s a popular notion out there – WWJD – What Would Jesus Do? Well, that presupposes that we have competent knowledge of the life and teachings of Jesus. I’m afraid for many that any answer to the WWJD question would be mere speculation.


That’s what I think. I’m interested in your thoughts. There’s lots of ways to hit me up so let me hear from you.

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Author: Mark Prasek

Christian Technologist. Find me on Twitter @DataGenesis

3 thoughts on “Counterfeit vs Authentic”

  1. Excellent and very timely article Mark. I am sharing this article with my pastor who tends to stray towards PC out of fear of offending. I’d like to find another church but getting harder to find nonPC ones. Thanks again!

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  2. Excellent post! Very true that the best way to recognize a fake is to have a deep knowledge of the authentic. This is why, I believe, Jesus often spoke of the importance of “knowing Him”.

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