In 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, are “the lie” and “the truth” some particular lie and some particular truth?
NIV 2 Thess 2: 9The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance
with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power
through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10and all the ways
that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because
they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11For this reason
God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the
lie 12and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the
truth but have delighted in wickedness.
Does Paul expect the Thessalonians to know what “the lie” and “the truth” are specifically?
My suspicion is that he is contrasting monotheism (the truth) and polytheism (the lie) [IE: “Trinitarianism” and the worship of a man as if he were Almighty God].
Given the context, are there any other specific contenders that he might have in mind?
Or should we just understand him to be concerned with truth vs lies in general terms?