The Origins of Truth
If we accept that the counsel of God’s Word, the Bible, is correct and that religions are man-made, we will find great insight that goes beyond the capabilities of our human reasoning. We can press through the confusion of man’s perspective and actually learn what may be the truth. However, we must first deal with the concept of “Truth.” The definition of the word truth may vary to fit a specific argument such as relative truth, but the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines truth this way:
Fidelity, constancy; sincerity in action, character, and utterance; the state of being the case - fact; a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality.
According to the Bible, everything emanates from God. The counsel of the Bible in Numbers 23:19 tells us that God cannot lie, or in other words, He is incapable of anything but the truth.
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
However, there is a more accurate way of expressing this thought: Whatever God says becomes absolute Truth by default. There are a multitude of biblical references that support and point to the word, works, law, commandments, and Spirit of God as being true or truth (Chapter 5 and its Appendix in the book, Ideolatry). Here are just a few to consider:
Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.
Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth
Romans 1:22-28 gives a very detailed view of a potential human relationship with the Truth of God. It describes in great detail the path that some humans take when they reject the notion that God’s Truth is absolute.
Romans 1:22-28 (NIV)
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator — who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones.
In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.
The Word of God, the Bible, provides some excellent instruction and insight about life to enhance our human understanding. However, the tendency that we all have is to trust more in what we can see rather than the instruction that we receive through the spiritual understanding that the Bible provides. This is virtually programmed in us from a very early age.
In childhood, the “terrible twos” are a manifestation of a connection to only what is observed and an expression of personal will. The adolescent years frequently bring a rejection of authority and the wisdom gained from those who have already had experience in living life. Proverbs 3:5-7 tells us to listen to wisdom and good counsel and rely on God’s direction.
Proverbs 3:5-7 (GWT)
Trust the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths smooth. Do not consider yourself wise. Fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
As a result, we can have a renewing of our human minds and an opening up of our thoughts to embrace the spiritual truths in 1 Corinthians 2:12-16 that God desires to reveal to us.
1 Corinthians 2:12-16 (GWT)
Now, we didn't receive the spirit that belongs to the world. Instead, we received the Spirit who comes from God so that we could know the things which God has freely given us. We don't speak about these things using teachings that are based on intellectual arguments like people do. Instead, we use the Spirit's teachings. We explain spiritual things to those who have the Spirit.
A person who isn't spiritual doesn't accept the teachings of God's Spirit. He thinks they're nonsense. He can't understand them because a person must be spiritual to evaluate them. Spiritual people evaluate everything but are subject to no one's evaluation.
"Who has known the mind of the Lord so that he can teach him?" However, we have the mind of Christ.
However, when the Truth of God is rejected, the wisdom of man is exalted. This can be found in the philosophies and thought revealed in humanism, evolution, situational ethics, situational truth, relativism, scientific thought, scientific theories or postulates to name a few. Any of these may become secular religions of sort. All of them share common threads that propagate the notion that human thought is supreme and nothing is absolute.
Yet, regardless of what humans think or feel about it, God is absolute Truth.
I invite you to read Ideolatry - God Is Not Your Problem - The Character and Nature of God to learn more about deception and how Ideolatry can distort your view of Truth.
May God richly bless you in all that you do! - Dr Rich Masek
To go deeper into God's Truth, Read
Ideolatry - Chapter 5- Acts of God
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