Throughout time, there has been a quest for Truth. Many have gathered in philosophical debate about the origin and nature of Truth. There is much confusion around the topic because we tend to believe that whatever we believe is the Truth. If we didn’t think that way, we would have a hard time making it through a day, much less our entire lives!
However, is everything that individual people believe actual Truth? To discover the answer, we must first deal with the concept of “Truth,” and press through the confusion of man’s perspective. Then we can learn what may actually be 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:
truth (noun) Fidelity, constancy; sincerity in action, character, and utterance; the state of being the case - fact; a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality.
Truth is frequently tied together with spiritual pursuits as is indicated in the definition above. So by extension, one might say that religions define at least some truth. However, religions are “schools of thought,” that do not all share the same foundation. No religions were founded by God. Religions are man-made organizations that define truth based on the bias of those who founded them. They are based in the Ideolatry of humans. Do humans have the ability or authority to define what “Truth” is?
If we turn to the counsel of God in the Bible and consider Him to be correct, we will find great insight that goes beyond our capabilities of human reasoning. The counsel of the Bible tells us that God cannot lie in Numbers 23:19, or in other words, He is incapable of anything but the truth. According to the Bible, everything emanates from God; therefore, there is possibly a more accurate way of expressing this thought. Whatever God says becomes absolute Truth by default.
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?
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 (see Appendix Chapter 5). Here are just a few:
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 the relationship of humans to the Truth of God. It describes in great detail the path that humans takes 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 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 an expression of personal will and a connection to only what is observed. The adolescent years frequently bring a rejection of authority and 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.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart 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
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Leave your own Ideolatry and renew your mind according to the wisdom of the One Who made you!
May God richly bless you in all that you do! - Dr Rich Masek
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