What is Truth?

     I am always grateful for the opportunity to listen to a person seeking truth.  It is as exciting as is their confusion in finding a nice box to contain friendships of diverse beliefs, understanding tolerance, and still allow some room for a God who loves. There’s an air of dissatisfaction in their knowledge of Christianity that seems intolerant and judgmental towards anything outside its slice of white bread.  As fortunate it is for me to listen and encourage another’s faith towards Christ, I left this conversation pensive and somewhat sad.  This sadness stayed and grew with me for the following two days.  It left me hollow. My soul felt dry and distant from God’s quenching nearness. I needed to embrace another’s ache of loneliness that left me both sore and sorrowful.  Maybe Christianity sells its sizzle instead of its steak.  Maybe it’s the push for miracles instead of redemption.  Often loving, compassionate and social souls fear their most precious commodity in friendships will be jeopardized should their understanding of Christianity clash with their Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, or Muslim friends.  After all, these friendships are built on genuine trust and mutual kindness which seems to offer credibility to another’s passionate beliefs.  Then, like Pilot before Christ, I asked my new friend, “So, what is Truth?” This question still echoes in my sadness since there can only be one truth.  Divine truth cannot contradict itself. 

     Instead of debating the golden rules shared by the diversity of faiths that verifies the world’s definition of religious tolerance, we should view faith through the wounds that forgave our sins.  It is joy, not fear, that takes our friends and family by the hand to visits Christ’s empty tomb.   We must not look upon another’s sin with judgment but see it through the eyes of a crucified God.  We must realize God’s hatred of sin that required love taken from his absolute poverty to gain atonement for his creation.  Ironically, this understanding and authority of forgiveness has divided family, friends and nations.   Far above any cross caused by the consequence of sin looms the burden of bearing the cross of salvation through forgiveness.  Before the modern concept of altar calls and sinners’ prayers gained popularity, those seeking to be holy like God is holy, sought the narrow road of transformation through a reverent, moral life.  To be fair, it is the world’s hatred of God’s intolerance towards sin that is displaced upon Christianity’s narrow path to salvation.  Therefore, although Jesus came to serve and save sinners, his authority continues to divide.  We must first see ourselves as eternal beings regardless of the social and religious friction that makes us nearsighted and fearful.  We must encourage each other with the truth that Christ did overcome the world.  Christ will draw friends, family, and even our enemies to him if we lift him up.  Truly, Christianity is most resplendent when it comes to serve and forgive while leaving Jesus to judge the saved.   And yes… miracles still thankfully happen.

This little light of mine…

Peace,

Chris

What is your perspective on seeking and communicating truth?

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2 thoughts on “What is Truth?

  1. It is certainly true that during Jesus’ First Coming that He did not come to bring peace, but to bring a dividing sword – even between families. Sadly, that is one of the biggest fears of other religions – they fear separation from the love & security of family & friends. Even in our nation we have experienced the ostracizing of our families, when we marry outside our religion, race, ethnicity, social class, etc. How much more true is this than in places like the Middle East where families are more devoted to their religious ideals than anything else? Is Christianity ‘divisive?’ Yes, it is – it divides sin from the redemptive act of God & Christ’s spilled blood on the cross, when He yelled out “It is finished!” What is often overlooked, is that other religions are just as divisive, but their divisiveness is based on the accusation that Christianity is ‘wrong’ & that the Bible has been corrupted, & that “their religion” is the only right one. However, when asked when the Bible was corrupted & how to they know Christianity is ‘wrong’ outside of what they have been taught – little is offered for an explanation – & yet they are not looked at as being ‘divisive.’ I think Franklin Graham put it best – Jesus came to die not just for the Christian, but also for the Muslim, the Hindu, the Buddhist, the Jew, the nonreligious, & everyone else, and all He desires us to do is say “Thank you! & ‘yes’ I believe!” & when we do that, we turn away from our life of sin by dying in the likeness of His death, & living in the likeness of His resurrection, living our life for God, rather than merely for ourselves. John Lennox during a debate with atheist Richard Dawkins, said, “not only did Jesus tell the truth – although He did that too – He actually said that He WAS the Truth.” Since truth is absolute, rather than relative, & it cannot change, therefore there can only be one truth, just as there is only ‘one Lord, one God, one faith, & one baptism – the baptism of the Holy Spirit’ at the moment we believe in that finished work of the Savior of the world. God offers us a choice – the choice to free us FROM religion, rather than be bound to it. And that choice is available to EVERYONE who chooses to accept that free gift of salvation offered by God Himself.

    • Thanks Steve for your insights!! Not only is Jesus the Truth, but also the Way and the Life. Let us also consider that religion is not in and of itself a bad thing despite the popularity of this contemporary perspective. Religion is a beautiful and necessary tool to guide, mentor and instill “the Way” towards reaching new heights to grasp the authority in forgiveness. However, without love and encouragment, the necessary foundation of forming faith, religion gets lost in the same social bondage experienced by the pharisees. The very foundation of love also makes straight the oft forgotten reason why Christ came – which is to serve. It is every Christians utmost desire to hear, “Well done good and faithful servant.” This service to others was best exemplified in the implications of the washing of the apostles feet. There in that little room the master was no greater than the servant. Serving is the necessary key to discipleship for only through it can humility be born. Although Jesus came to divide and necessarily so, it is not our vocation to divide but rather serve and encourage others how Christ’s perfect love made sacrifice complete. In addition to the wisdom of Franklin Graham that you kindly mentioned, let’s also remember that “wherever there is love there is God (Mother Theresa).” How true that we should say “Thank You” and what better way than the way Christ showed us through communion. Just as Jesus taught his disciples how to pray to the Father he also an instituted an immeasureable gift of “thanksgiving” (Greek translation of the word Eucharist) in partaking of communion. Nothing we do can usurp what Jesus proclaimed complete because of his perfect charity. Although our very own charity is imperfect and desperately in need of redemption, we are profoundly thankful in professing “we believe” by the reflection of our service and encouragement to others as it is beautifully portrayed in the book of St. James. Like yourself, I am well aware that this world’s confusing, murky, gray morality has great hatred for Truth’s black and white reality. The good tidings that lifts Christianity to meet Christ in the clouds reflects the simple yet holy composition of God which is love. Since God’s love, like Truth, will someday conquer all, I am therefore inspired to love my neighbor.

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