4 Lies College Students Believe

Lies College Students Believe “God doesn’t care about me. That Christian is a better Christian than me. Partying will make me feel fully alive. I’m too bad for God’s love.” These lies commonly plague our minds, especially during college. College students are surrounded by young adults that are searching for love and fulfillment in all the wrong places. Today guest blogger Sam Eaton, will provide truth to counter the lies we often believe. In the comments below, feel free to share what lie you are currently struggling to rid from your life.

As a senior parading through the halls of Neil A. Armstrong High School, there was a skip in my step and a giggle in my heart. I had discovered my “Cheers” like home in the music and theater wing where I was loved, supported, and everyone knew my name. My life-changing choir teachers labeled me the “B.M.O.C.” (Big Man on Campus) and, while the struggles of every 17 year-old still permeated, life was beautiful.

As a college freshman hacking through the jungle of campus life at a small liberal arts college, there was a hesitation in my step and heaviness in my heart. Three hours away from my support system and foundation, I forgot who I was and what I believed. I wandered away from God (as many college students do), giving him the occasional passing glance as I partied and “lived it up”.  I regret so much of that time. As I look back, I discovered four BIG lies that penetrated my relationship with God.

4 Lies College Students Believe

Lie: God doesn’t care about me.

Truth: God cares about every single detail of my life.

God wants what is best for you in every situation. In middle of every test or terrible work shift, when you are stressed beyond the breaking point and cannot form coherent sentences, God is there. God cares about the mundane details of our life.

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 (NIV)

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

Lie: There is one “type” of Christian who never makes mistakes and who is better than everyone else.

Truth: God loves his people, all of them. God celebrates when ANYONE chooses to love him and move towards him.

During my freshman Intro to Bible class there was a group of “serious” Christians who radiated with their “holier than thou” persona. They were socially awkward and never put their hands down for the entire semester. That must be the kind of person God wanted, not the messed up kid slouching in the back row. The truth is God loves everyone for exactly who they are whether they have read every page of the Bible or not.

“I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.” Proverbs 8:17 (NIV)

Lie: If I try ___________________ (partying, drinking, smoking, sex, pornography) I will feel fully alive and love my life.

Truth: No chemical, sexual activity, relationship, addiction, will ever bring you Life.

Like so many college students, I found myself caught up in the party scene because I thought that’s what everyone did. Yes, there were nights when it was fun to feel reckless and out of control and to forget all the chaos of my world, but the truth is I was trying to fill a void in my life.

Nothing will fill the emptiness except an on-going relationship with God. Believe me, I’ve tried all of them. God didn’t tell us not to do these things because he doesn’t want us to enjoy life; it’s completely the opposite. He wants you to have an amazing life filled with beauty and honor. That is the life waiting for you and it is infinitely better than anything this world has to offer.

“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21

Lie: I’ve wandered too far to ever come home to God. I need to clean my life up before I can go back to my Savior.

Truth: We can turn our lives around at any moment. God never stops pursuing us and never gives up on us. Nothing you ever do will separate us from his love.

In the lowest moments of my college years I thought I had messed up so much that God would never take me back. I thought I had to turn my life around on my own before I could be worthy of his love again and that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Acts 3:19 (NIV)

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20 (NIV)

Whether you are feeling great or struggling beyond belief, take one step today towards a life with God. Step into a church. Find someone to have coffee with and talk about the hardest parts of your existence. Listen to some inspiring Christian Music Playlists. Find some awesome blogs to subscribe to and keep you thinking about God (wink, wink).

Walking with God isn’t easy, especially in college when temptations are everywhere, but you are a strong, incredible child of God who was made to thrive and soar above everything this world throws in your way.

Create a plan to hold yourself accountable to the person you want to be. Choose to participate in things that give you life and allow you to love every detail of your world. Rise above my friend. Don’t ever let the enemy tell you lies about who God is.

Decide to chase the truth for that is the single greatest thing you can ever do.

Meet Sam: Sam Eaton writes at Recklesslyalive.com and is a monthly contributor of JP Ministries. Sam’s heart for Jesus is contagious. He’s a music teacher by day, and a youth ministry and worship musician by night. You can friend him on twitter @aliverecklessly.

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8 Comments on 4 Lies College Students Believe

  1. Catherine
    August 24, 2015 at 2:11 pm (5 years ago)

    Thank you so much for this encouragement! It is so easy to listen to the lies that whisper and say that what the world has to offer will fufill us. Thank you so much for the reminder that God is all we need!

    • Sam Eaton
      August 26, 2015 at 9:52 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you Catherine! Amen. Those lies are everywhere, especially in college. God Bless my friend!

  2. Mary Collins
    August 26, 2015 at 7:28 pm (5 years ago)

    Keeping speaking the truth, Sam. So many young people need to hear what you are saying.

    • Sam
      September 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you so much Mary! It’s such a confusing world, especially during those years. Hopefully this will reach someone who needs to hear it!

  3. Marie with spreading-joy.org
    August 31, 2015 at 11:21 am (5 years ago)

    This is awesome Sam. So many young people need to see this. Will schedule it several times this week. Thanks for bringing Truth to the table!


  4. Sandra @ Sandra's Ark
    September 2, 2015 at 12:17 pm (5 years ago)

    Glad you get the opportunity to help guide these young people and that you have written this. So important to encourage our young people when everything around them may discourage them.

  5. Christine
    September 3, 2015 at 10:28 pm (5 years ago)

    As always, Sam, thanks for sharing your heart with us. These are great lies & truths that you share….Thank you! I am sure you are such a blessing to all the children whose lives you touch! Keep up the great work and sharing.

  6. Amanda
    September 3, 2015 at 10:44 pm (5 years ago)

    It’s so crazy when you think of the outrageous lies the enemy feeds us that so obviously contradict God’s Word, but we still swallow them as truth. Our kids need voices like yours to separate light from darkness!


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