We have a dilemma in our world today. Well, we have many problems, but they all stem from one thing: truth. What is truth? What makes something true? Is there only one truth? Let’s take a look.
What is truth? (dictionary.com):
- the true or actual state of a matter
- conformity with fact or reality; verity
- a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like
Truth corresponds to reality. It points to what is really happening in our world. Not only does it correspond to it, but truth defines reality. And this definition or correspondence to reality is indisputable. It cannot be changed. It cannot be argued away. It just is.
So if truth is indisputable fact, correspondence to reality, who defines reality? I mean, do we not all view the world in different ways? Do we not all come from different socio-economical, racial, and religious backgrounds? If so, how could we decide what reality is? The problem is we can’t. We don’t define truth, truth defines us. And because of this, truth has to come from an absolute, ever constant authority.
This authority comes from none other than Creator God. He has defined truth because He has defined and created life. We live in His world, not the other way around.
Is this how we define truth? Do we hold to the authority of God? A lot of times the answer is sadly no. Our “truth” comes from how we feel. It comes from does this make me happy. We conjure up “truths” from within our minds. But these truths do not correspond to reality. They correspond to our subjective and carnal minds
So what must we do? We submit to the authority of God and to the reality He has created. We must hold firmly to His Word that He has given to us through the Bible and use it to step into reality more and more. To step into His truth, the truth, more and more.
Even though we live in a world where lies are disguised as truths, and where humans foolishly denounce God, there is hope. And this hope is as Timothy said:
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. – 2 Timothy 3:14-15
We must continue in that which we know, or better yet, whom it is we know. We have every reason to be confident in Him who has overcome the world.
May we hold fast to the truth of the Gospel in a world of false truths. May we have confidence in the God of truth. He has not forgotten us. He is here. He is moving. His truth is still going forth.