Know the Truth
When we come into this world our minds are referred to as Tabula Rasa or a blank slate.
We receive knowledge as Woodrow Wilson so aptly put “…by all that I may borrow.”
Truth comes from a variety of sources, my favorite and most reliable being the Holy Word of God otherwise known as the Bible. One verse comes to mind is:
Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
I could spend hours telling you how I have come to believe the Bible as a valuable and reliable source of truth but then you would have to make a choice whether to believe me or not . So, being that I am not writing to have a debate on whether or not the Bible is true, we will skip that argument. For this Blog we will assume, as I believe it is, true.
What I would like to write about, is how do we find truth outside of the Bible.
Lately I have been going head to head with people I care about very much and yet neither one of us can see the other side of the argument.
So is there a way to determine if the cause you care about is true or not?
I believe there is and I also know that those who are not of Biblical orientation will not agree with my findings.
The word truth is mentioned 224 times in the KJV showing it’s important nature.
First we must know that all truth belongs to God. Psa 25:5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
God is ascribed to owning truth and also leading us in His truth. Even someone who is a constant liar, when he says the sky is blue, still speaks the truth.
So as the verse suggests, we need God to lead us into truth. Although people without God are able to tell the truth, many times it is difficult if not impossible for them to see the truth.
2Co 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
2Co 3:15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
2Co 3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
These two verses basically describe those Jew who refused to believe God and so God caused a “vail” to cover their face. Not a literal vail but He caused them not to be able to see the truth. It is said that eventually, those who refuse to believe on the son of God will be heart hardened and permanently blinded in that same way.
I believe those who reject such truth become numb to much truth and begin to believe the lies of the world.
Let’s give an example. Christians look at the fact that Bill Clinton had an affair in his office as being unacceptable. Non – Christians see that as something to get passed and even to ignore.
When right is being ignored for the sake of other things than the truth is not there.
Clinton was said to be a good financial manager. Yet I believe he needed to be rejected for doing what he did and then lying to the American people. If we are a moral people, God will take care of the financial and all other aspects of Government.
The same scrutiny applies to Barak Obama who four times voted for partial birth abortion. I know cat and dog lovers that if they found out someone killed a bunch of puppies or kittens by placing them in a sack and smashing the sack against a wall, would be horrified. They would definitely not vote for him for that reason. However when the Christian sees that this man would favor partially removing a full term baby from it’s mother, drilling a hole in it’s head and vacuuming out the brains, they are equally horrified however the non-Christian can not understand why. They are more than willing not to address the issue and actually claim it as a non issue.
There are many who say they are Christians and are not. They have as the Bible says a form or religion.
This is the Biblical description:
2Ti 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Ti 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Ti 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
These may attend services, go through rituals, even attend a Bible study or prayer meeting but they deny the power of God. They deny the power of God to supply truth and they deny the power of God to control their lives. They are high minded.
I argue with myself many times as I want to warn someone of the evil I see but those same people fight against me as being the evil they see. Someone is wrong.
The act of filling the slate so to speak consists of compiling data from all kinds of sources. Some of those sources may not be reliable. When it comes to right and left sources, we always see each side writing for their own benefit.
Although I categorize myself as being right it is only as far as moral issues go. I can be very left at times as I feel such a burden to help my fellow man. Not deadbeats as the bible declare if they refuse to work let them not eat. I mean those with sincere needs, that we should help them to be all they can be.
I don’t know if I will ever be able to convince others of what I see as being wrong. The truth burns in my heart.
I ask myself what is my goal? I come up with the first answer being that all should know our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and live for Him. The second answer is that we can love our neighbors as ourselves.
In the end, if the perceived truth is cloaked within a lie. If it’s hidden among atrocities. If it is foisted upon us at any cost, than it is not the truth but a lie.
I feel confident in my truth because I believe it is also God’s truth. It never includes hurting others and never forces itself. It does however proclaim, in the face of opposition, what is good and right and lovely.
I pray for the Holy Spirit to enlighten others.