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Thursday, August 5, 2010

What is Truth?

What Is Truth And Is Your Truth The Same As My Truth?
What is truth? Give me a definition of truth. Think about it.
A dictionary definition of truth is, “fidelity or faithfulness to an original standard.” Or, “conformity to rule, standard, pattern, or ideal.”
If your aim is true what does this mean. You are always accurate or on target, always the same.
If a carpenter says the floor or wall is true what does it mean? It means it is level or plumb and it follows the plans or the “original standard.”
Can two floors that are tilted at different angles both be level?

In the area of moral or spiritual truth is truth the same for every one?
Have you ever herd someone say, “You need to find your own truth”, or “your truth may not be the same as my truth”, or how about, “It may be true for you but it isn’t true for me”?
Is there more than one truth?
Here is a definition of spiritual or moral truth.
Moral truth is the standard for how we live our lives. If we want to know if something is right or wrong, good or evil then we measure it against this standard.
If we don't have a standard then anything is alright, there are no crimes and no wrong.

So how do we know truth? Is truth a what or a who, or is it both?

The what is the Bible The who would be Jesus
“The written standard.” “The living standard. “

Jesus is the living word; Apostle Paul wrote “The Word became flesh.”
In John 8:32 Jesus said “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
A few moments later Jesus made clear that the truth he had in mind was not just a concept but a person, when he said “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
Was Jesus contradicting himself, or confused? I don’t think so because he makes it clear when he said “I am the way the truth and the life.”

Is he saying there is more than one truth? Jesus does not say a truth. He said the truth!

Truth is not relative and does not change from person to person, because Jesus is the incarnation of God, who “never changes or casts shifting shadows.” James 1:17.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8.

In today’s culture people don’t want to be absolute. People want to be tolerant of other ideas so they don’t offend others. However things are either true or not true.
If truth is a person, how does this change the way we think or act? It means that moral truth is not just something abstract or philosophical, and something you just form you own opinions about.
Truth is innately concrete because truth is a Person. One that is steadfast and never changing.

Christian faith is not just about how you relate to truth as a philosophical or abstract concept or idea. Christian faith is about how we relate to a person, Jesus Christ!

Scriptural commands or rules are not just instructions to obey but rather a way to relate to a person. Truth is RELATIONAL.

Let’s go back to our definition. If you are going to be true to yourself then you must have “fidelity or faithfulness to the original standard.”

The original standard is Jesus Christ! Are you faithful to Jesus?

1 comment:

  1. Great message. If only we as a society could be as honest with ourselves... Because WE ALL KNOW WHAT IS RIGHT! There is only one truth.