Category Archives: truth
ש Sin and Shin
161 Rulers persecute me without cause,
but my heart trembles at your word.
162 I rejoice in your promise
like one who finds great spoil.
163 I hate and detest falsehood
but I love your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise you
for your righteous laws.
165 Great peace have those who love your law,
and nothing can make them stumble.
166 I wait for your salvation, Lord,
and I follow your commands.
167 I obey your statutes,
for I love them greatly.
168 I obey your precepts and your statutes,
for all my ways are known to you.
From whence do you get your theology? I mean, the things that you really deep-down believe — where do those come from? Your own thinking? What your church or pastor says? Contemporary media or the musings of whatever “intelligentsia” happens to be holding court?
Would you take your theology from a SINNER? Someone that you KNEW was “steeped in sin at birth”? Probably not.
And it’s one thing when someone like that makes statements such as, “I kind of think that . . .” or “I’m coming to just about believe . . .” But what if their dogmatism is downright in your face? What if that steeped-in-sin-under-God’s-judgment person were to make theological declarations to you and framed them by the words “WE know”?
You’d be offended, right? You’re the religious expert and you’re being lectured to by a lifelong, wide-eyed beggar who’s got mud on his face.
But TRUTH has a funny way of not caring who the messenger happens to be. And the more offensive and unlikely the carrier, the more it seems TRUTH relishes the process. And in this situation, the carrier speaks the truth. Mostly. We say “mostly” because the man born blind declares a known fact that might be up for debate. He says, “We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.”
Actually, God does listen to sinners. That’s the only category of human beings that’s left! And, boy, are we glad He does! (to be continued)
The pure, sweet truth. Or a vile, contemptible lie. At least in Calvin’s world he recognizes that truth can be known. How one goes about knowing the truth, however, for Calvin, is completely a matter of chance!
Christians affirm that “one’s heart cannot rejoice in what one’s mind rejects as false.” There are good and sufficient reasons for holding to the Christian faith. Evidences can be examined; alternative viewpoints can be critiqued; conclusions (some tentative, some firm) can be drawn. The process is something like this:
As you examine the many facets of biblical Christianity, aren’t you grateful for the abundance of facts that warrant your trust in Jesus? We don’t commit intellectual suicide when we choose to follow the God of the universe! That’s a conclusion for which we need no coin-flip!
What a great commercial against smoking! The only product that kills 1/3 of those who use it. That’s THE TRUTH — unembellished, unedited, raw. Someone has said that “Apart from blunt truth, our lives sink decadently amid the perfume of hints and suggestions.”
Many people don’t want THE TRUTH! But we need to tell it, share it, defend it. C.S. Lewis once said, “If Christianity is untrue, then no honest man will want to believe it, however helpful it might be: if it is true, every honest man will want to believe it, even if it gives him no help at all.” (Man or Rabbit?)
Flannery O’Connor said, “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” Francis Bacon put it this way: “People prefer to believe what they prefer to be true.”
Christians are supposed to speak the truth — but to it in love. And that’s the challenge, isn’t it? Some of us are pretty good at truth-telling; others good at loving. But to combine the two? That’s tough.
“Our modern concern with truth is an inevitable expression of our concern with God. If God exists then he is the measure of all things, and what he thinks about all things is the measure of what we should think. Not to care about truth is not to care about God. To love God passionately is to love truth passionately. Being God-centered in life means being truth-driven in ministry. What is not true is not of God. What is false is anti-God. Indifference to the truth is indifference to the mind of God. Pretense is rebellion against reality and what makes reality is God. Our concern with truth is simply an echo of our interest with God.” (Piper, 2006)