God wants one thing from His creation of mankind: seek the truth! It's always been that way from the beginning. Adam and Eve were given freedom of everything except one tree. Keep walking in and seeking the truth and all would be fine but we know it didn't happen that way. One act, one little twist of deceit and their world, our world changed and it has been corrupting itself ever since!
God allowed the Egyptians to put His people under bondage but in that bondage the call rang out to seek the truth. Plagues hit the Egyptian's hard but the truth wasn't part of their thinking. The Egyptians worshiped and adored their gods. The god of the river Nile, the god of the earth to bring crops, the god of the moon and sun and the list goes on. In all this, as God hit them with plagues from what they thought was their gods they were exposed and their hearts weren't tender and accepting. Still seeking their own way in their own thinking, it had to come down to the death of their first born. The truth God sent among His captive people was "when I see the blood." Listening and seeking the very presence and teaching of God was the difference between life and death. Once they were set free the heart of His people were revealed as they wanted to go back under this Egyptian bondage rather than walk with God and seek His teachings. What God wanted so much for them ended up being a great loss because they simply believed as they wanted to believe.
We come to today. There are teachings flying everywhere from all discourses of life. Teachings of philosophies, psychology, power of positive thinking, worship like this, accepting of anything believing in little and on and on it goes. The seven "Ones" presented in Eph. 4:4-6 seem to be tossed aside. Leave out ANY of these ones and you will not be walking in a worthy manner or sustaining the truth. Paul warned the church of Thessalonians about deception and the power of the activity of Satan coming to the perishing "because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved." (II Thes. 2:10) The love of the truth must be sought and received. It's not a free for all to anyone who says they believe in the Lord. But the seeking and loving of the truth has this warning tied to it: "For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness." (II Thes. 2:11-12)
When we speak of "the truth"and the promises tied to truth tells us there is a standard of truth that was taught it must be held to and received or the delusion will begin. God's not so unjust to teach us this without giving us insight to what is true and right. And those who fall under the delusion of falsehood would never accept what they believe is wicked which exposes the depth of delusion. In all, we must be an humble people, bowing under the teachings of God and listening what He deems as the truth and what needs to be rejected. May we have hearts humble and seeking while our eyes are looking for the truth of God's word. Seek the truth no matter what!