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Dec 18

An Inconvenient Definition of Truth

Are you adamant? Does that make you more likely to be correct?

I am sure, adamant.  Does my stubborn certainty assist me in my quest to make you believe me?  Should it?  Hint: I know a ton of stubborn people that are inflexibly convinced of “truths” amazingly inconsistent with one another.

What if I can sound really reasonable… will you believe me then?  Note hint above, substituting “reasonable” for “stubborn.”

So many people tie their concept of truth down to their best understanding of the Bible.  But is that the real solution?  Everyone else has another interpretation… that goes along with each person’s tendencies… and gets us nowhere.

If I can spew Bible verses to support my stance, does that make you believe me?  Should it?  Note hint above, substituting “Biblical.”

If you really believe me and I really know TRUTH, do you?  Not really – not necessarily.  You see, we so often confuse the nature of TRUTH with the nature of our understanding.  We like truths that can be easily summarized in a few words or a concise truism, but truth is not an understanding but a Person, not a doctrine or a rule or a set of facts but the Living Word of God – Jesus Himself – Who is the Exact Representation of the Father.  Which is inconvenient as a definition of TRUTH. It would be so nice if we could memorize the executive summary of God – just His abstract – and then really have the TRUTH.  Instead we have to be dependent on a definition that is so large and complex and living and different that any attempt to summarize Him invariably puts one at odds with Him.  To know TRUTH, we need to know God.  Like in every situation… every minute… even if it seems to us to be the same situation as one we remember God’s perspective on.

Where can truth be found?  In God alone… not even in me… except where I accurately represent Him and the Spirit works through me to facilitate insertion of TRUTH.  What I mean is, if God inhabits man, and man sees God, man becomes like Him and if & when the Spirit of Truth directs said man to speak TRUTH, there is the possibility of TRUTH being received…  but otherwise, we have potluck of opinion without much chance of getting a meaty bite of anything TRUTHful.

So then, living the TRUTH is impossible without a constant divine flow – a veritable intravenous drip of God Himself.  Any attempt at TRUTH without the IV typically pollutes the whole scene.  Sure, some people doubtless get closer than others, but why settle for less than the TRUTH?  And fortunately, Father has sent His Spirit to live within us so that this IV drip is not only a possibility, but His clear purpose, an actual certainty, even a God-given guarantee!

So ask the Father to give you the Spirit, and get ready for a real change in your perception of TRUTH!!  Because it is only in knowing the Father, in every facet of your life, that you can actually know the truth… inconvenient or not.

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  1. Blanca Foley

    Truth is truth. We cannot say, ‘Christian truth’ as if it exists separate from another system of truths. C.S. Lewis rightly argues, truths are truths for all mankind. We cannot say they benefit some and not another, or that they exist for some and not another.

  2. Felix L. Hunter

    We rejoice in every faithful effort on behalf of the truth and heartily give thanks unto God. Yet should we ourselves be lacking in faithfulness to the light of the Word of God, if we did not point out once again that contending against error and evil is at best but negative, and that what is far more potent and specially approved of God is obedience to His Word. Today, as ever, in the confusion which marks the church, simple obedience to the truth concerning the church as unfolded in Scripture, is what will please Him. It is more really efficacious in its practical results than the performing of great exploits could ever be, especially if those exploits are in any way divorced from the knowledge of and obedience to the Word.

    1. George

      Jesus is the Word! Relationship with Him and (via Him) obedience to the Father is both the greatest exploit and the minimum requirement of Christianity. The most practical Christian is the one who, in relationship with the Word, hears His voice and pleases His Father.

  3. Sandy Sherman

    The human mind, when left to itself – that is, to its own evolution, as your scientists say, and not influenced by the revelations of spiritual truths, or the suggestions of spirits who have advanced in knowledge of things beyond the material – has not improved much since the days when men lived and died as sun worshipers, and the worshipers of the sacred cats and bulls and elephants, and of the storms and thunders and lightnings. God was considered to be in all these manifestations, immanent and real, and to be appeased or loved as necessity required. Today among your civilized nations, and the wise men of these nations who can see no god in the spiritual, the aggregate of all these material things is the god which they must worship, if they worship at all.

  4. Adolph Q. Keller

    Now in order for this to really be confirmatory, there has to be congruence between all these modes of perception. There are no inconsistent truths. John in this letter appeals to consistency in many ways. It is an epistle of evidences. Over and over he says, “By this we know…” referring not to some inward experience but to outward, visible evidences (1 John 2:3, 5; 1 John 3:14, 16, 19; 1 John 4:2; 1 John 4:13; 1 John 5:2). He also points to inconsistencies and contradictions with respect to the truth being practiced (1 John 1:6-10; 1 John 2:4, 9, 11; 1 John 2:15-16; 1 John 3:9-12; 1 John 3:21, and more).

    1. George

      There may be APPARENT inconsistencies in truth, however. There are plenty of apparent paradoxes, even in science, that don’t go away until the underlying thinking is changed (look up EPR paradox for an example). Often “the rules of truth” are different than we think or even the dimensionality of truth may be different. Thus, preferring to maintain their own way of thinking, people often find inconsistencies where there are none. Another way to create false inconsistencies is through improper definitions. “How could a good God allow evil?” is a great example of the latter.

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