I am greatly disturbed by this. But recalling Pilate's words to Jesus has reminded me that the world has never been, since Eden, a place that one should take at face value.
There are, of course, those whom we trust not to purposely deceive us. Thank God there are such persons. But even they can be wrong. Even they can be duped. Even they can, for a moment, become the "voice of Satan" as Peter was, causing Jesus to rebuke him – "Get behind me Satan."
And there are some reliable rules that allow us to trust our eyes and ears, but we all have been fooled by them enough to know that caution is called for even in the most reliable of situations.
Our brains still have the ability to assemble the information given to us and judge it trustworthy or not, but we have to confess that our "brains" are themselves the product of many inputs, some credible and others less so. We are creatures easily fooled, and not the least often fooled by our own poor judgment.
But we live in a sensory world and must judge every purported truth by the five senses God has given us. Or not. He has, after all, offered us a sixth sense, the presence of the Holy Spirit, who can search our hearts, the apostle Paul tells us, then search the mind of God and then guide us in prayers that exceed our normal understanding. Presumably that same process assists us in discerning the truth claims we encounter in this fallen world.
We may never unerringly and invariably discern error? But we can commit ourselves to Jesus, who is the truth. And to the extent that we submit ourselves to his Spirit, we can be led into truth. Ultimately only eternity will reveal how successfully we have attuned our hearts to the Spirit's voice.
One of gifts of the Holy Spirit, mentioned by the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 12, is the "discernment of spirits." It may be the least utilized spiritual gift that God has given to his people. But the Holy Spirit wants a relationship with Jesus' disciples so close and intimate that even the slightest variation from the truth triggers a nudge or a voice that says to their spirit, "That's not true, that is anti-Christ! Get behind me Satan."
Draw as near to Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit as you can, and listen. Remember Jesus' final words to Pilate, "Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."
Let him who has ears to hear . . . listen.