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Thursday, March 29, 2012

6. What is Truth?

     As Pilate asked Jesus, "What is truth?" (John 18:38, NKJV), the reader may be asking that as well. Jesus Christ declared Himself, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6, NKJV). Here, the standard is clearly stated in the Word of God, that Jesus Christ Is the Truth. I believe this truth. I believe that the standard is in the Word of God. It is a non-deviating straight line.
     Any concept, or philosophy, that does not abide in this truth would be considered a deviation. Truth has to be somewhere, it is in God Himself, He is faithful in His Word. The mind of man is the battleground for truth to be received, believed, and confessed.
     Am I just another man purporting my own ideas of what truth truly is? Am I the sophomoric one? Does truth truly exist, and can we know for certain that truth truly does exist and come to know truth in our own mind and heart? Does truth change?
     I cannot make another person believe what I believe, but I have come to the time in my life where the expression of the believed truth of the writer is mandatory. Truth does exist and does not change. I must express what I believe to be true. The wisdom of Solomon found in the Proverbs says, 'For my mouth will speak truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked, or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him who understands and right to those who find knowledge.' (Proverbs 8: 7-9, NKJV).
     "All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." ( 2 Timothy 3:16-17, NKJV).
     "But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God." (John 3:21, NKJV).
     It is in my personal willingness to be examined by a power greater than myself that I find solace and rectitude. Many leaders, I have discovered, are challenged by examination and analysis. Besides, who am I to challenge what someone says is the truth, or not, because in our current society, truth is primarily found in the eyes of the beholder and no one has the right to be the holder of all truth. If that is the case, the Word of God is true again when it says, "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts." (Proverbs 21:2, NKJV).

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