In New Moon, after Bella rescues Edward from the Volturi, and they are safely back in Charlie’s house, Bella still can’t believe that Edward loves her or that he’ll stay with her. No matter what he says, she’s skeptical that he could ever want her. Though it didn’t take much convincing at the beginning that he didn’t.
“Why can you believe the lie, but not the truth?” ~ Edward, New Moon, p. 511
Bella responds by saying that it never made sense for Edward to love her, that was something she always knew. There are a lot of metaphors between the Edward-Bella relationship and the Christ-Church relationship. As flawed humans, it is often hard for us to believe that someone, anyone, let alone a perfect God would die to save us. That God could possibly love us enough to send his Son to the cross in our place. It’s much easier to believe the lie that he wouldn’t and didn’t.
But the Truth is that God does really love us that much. That he really wants us. That he’d give even his most precious possession so that we can be with him eternally. Why can we believe the lie easier than the truth? Because the truth is a hard pill to swallow. It means letting go of those flaws, handing them to him, and accepting forgiveness we don’t believe we deserve. It requires a great level of humility. But if we can get there, His love will change our hearts and minds and souls forever. He will save us and make us more and more like him.
Truth ~ For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16 NLT
But ~ For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths. ~ 2 Timothy 4:3-4 NLT