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What is Truth?

“I don’t think I question the legitimacy of Genesis. I believe that it is True and is God’s Word. It is the historical accuracy that I question.”  (A quote from the musical duo Gungor.)

How can you say it’s True but not historically accurate?  How can you say it’s God’s Word and not historically accurate?  The implication is  that God is either ignorant or a liar. 

Words are tricky.  What people say is often not what they mean.  The Oxford dictionary gives these definitions for “true:”

–In accordance with fact or reality
–Accurate or exact

If Mr. Gungor is confused about what is true, he’s not the first one.  Pontius Pilate, after interviewing Jesus, who asserted that his mission was to reveal the truth, spat out, “What is truth?”  Shortly before this, Jesus had assured his disciples, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.” 

“Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true.”  Romans 3:4  (NLT)

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Truth and Beauty—Eve’s perspective or God’s?

Eve’s perspective on her situation was much like today’s postmodern view:

The fruit was beautiful—“beautiful thoughts, words…”  Anyone can claim anything is beautiful (e.g. abortion, perverted sex, euthanasia, false words about God).

Would make one wise—we get to be like God and decide what is right and true!

Tasted good—it’s fun—if it feels good, do it!

She ate the poison and disaster resulted.  Meanwhile, Satan laughed up his sleeve and thus commenced the battle for the human heart down through the ages.  Have we learned?  Have we forgotten the lessons of the ancient past?  Do we even believe that this happened?

From the Facebook post of a friend: 

The darkness says, “What is truth? Just do what I say. You’ll never really know what is true. And why should it matter, as long as you’re pleasing yourself?”

The Holy One says, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)

Without Christ…

Today I want to share with you some choice thoughts from the Puritan writer John Owens, as quoted by Tim Challies on his blog. Note the startling implications following each positive statement.

A list of seven things that Christ is:

  1. He is the Way; men without him are Cains, wanderers, vagabonds:—
  2. He is the Truth; men without him are liars, like the devil, who was so of old:—
  3. He is the Life; without him men are dead, dead in trespasses and sins :—
  4. He is the Light; without him men are in darkness, and go they know not whither:—
  5. He is the Vine; those that are not grafted in him are withered branches, prepared for the fire:—
  6. He is the Rock; men not built on him are carried away with a flood:—
  7. He is Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the author and the ender, the founder and the finisher of our salvation.

It reminds me of an old song from the ‘70s:

Men are trying to find the answers to the questions that never cease
They find in life there’s something missing; they are looking for release
And the way to peace.
    He is the way; without Him there’s no going
    He is the truth; without Him there’s no knowing
    He is the life now and eternally
    He satisfies the searching heart and fills men with His love so rich and free!

To tell the truth…

 

A lie doesn't become truth

On the Internet I read how people don’t trust one another anymore. 

In Proverbs I read that God delights in truthful people and honesty in business. (11:1;12:22)

I am puzzled by the scornful epithet “knockout truther” being applied to someone concerned over the recent rash of crimes by that name. 

What is wrong with truth?  Do we prefer lies? 

When Does Wrong Become Right?

For a few weeks I helped with the homeschooling of my grandchildren.  Among those fascinating things they’re learning, such as the French Revolution and the lives of bats, are the good old “math facts.”  They struggle with the same ones as I did at that age, such as 7 x 8 = 56.  It hasn’t changed. Why?  Because it’s true.

What if a group of kids got together and decided that 7 x 8 = 60?  What if they persuaded a groundswell of public opinion to support it, including church leaders, politicians, math teachers, and corporate leaders?  Would that make it true? Would architects and chemists change their formulas and begin to base their work on this new “fact”?

Note the rationale cited in this article  by Bobby Ross, Jr. dated June 5 on the issue of the Boy Scouts admitting openly “gay” members (emphasis mine):

“Scout leaders, gay activists, religious conservatives and historians of Scouting point to five key factors to explain the shift: 1) a dramatic turnabout in public opinion about the morality of gay relationships and same-sex marriage, 2) a groundswell from corporate leaders insisting on equal access for gays, 3) shifting attitudes inside the two largest religious denominations within Scouting, 4) a steady decline in troop membership and 5) a sense that Scouting’s image had morphed in the public mind from Mom and apple pie to an exclusionary group with a narrowing appeal.”

All of these so-called reasons are human opinions and attitudes.  Do questions of right and wrong depend on changing human opinions and attitudes or on God’s unchangeable character and principles?

No one seriously questions the physical laws set in place by the Creator, knowing that the result would be foolish and probably catastrophic. So why are His moral laws considered fair game for being rescinded by popular vote?

Dinner with God! Then what?

A dinner invitation from God?  This actually happened at Mt. Sinai!

Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel climbed up the mountain. There they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there seemed to be a surface of brilliant blue lapis lazuli, as clear as the sky itself. And though these nobles of Israel gazed upon God, he did not destroy them. In fact, they ate a covenant meal, eating and drinking in his presence!  (Exodus 24:9-11 NLT)  

What an amazing God we have who is always inviting us into His presence!  He actually wants to be with us!  (See also Revelation 3:20 and 22:17 and lots of other verses throughout the Bible Smile.)

Then what long-term effect do you suppose this experience had on those Israelite leaders?  Well, sorry to say, just 40 days later (chapter 32), the people were caught worshipping a golden calf they’d demanded that Aaron make, presumably with the consent of these very 70 leaders who had just seen the true God in all his glory!  They even had the gall to greet this image as “the gods who brought [us] out of the land of Egypt!”

How can people, like those leaders, turn so quickly from God’s truth, power, and beauty — to go along with something dead, deceptive and demonic?  Is it because our knowledge does not come with allegiance?  Have we not totally given Him our hearts and lives?  Are we willing to conform to the demands of the rebellious crowds?  God, help us to be faithful to You and to Your truth, no matter what!

Effective Leadership—by Lies or Truth?

A very successful leader shared the keys to his success:

Men do not think.
Make the lie big.
Make it simple; keep it simple.
Keep saying it.
Eventually they will believe it.

This was Hitler’s secret.

Only 10% of the German citizens actively supported him.  Others stood by, watched and kept silent, avoiding the uncomfortable truth until it was too late.  As they heard the screams of trainloads of Jews headed for extermination, they just sang their hymns louder to drown them out, feeling that there was nothing they could do.

Where are we on this cycle?

Bondage > Spiritual Faith > Courage > Liberty > Abundance > Complacency   > Apathy > Dependence > and back to Bondage

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Hitler’s key was lies; may our key be truth and integrity,
no matter what it costs us! 
Let’s keep this standard for ourselves and for our leaders, by God’s help!

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Source:  New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews’ book “How Do You Kill 11 Million People?” via www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDKcF—1hEc

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