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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Perception versus Truth


Perception is truth to those who believe. Conscious understanding of that which conforms to reality to the degree that what is being represented, represents that which is meant. Sounds confusing!! The statement means to accept what is true based on the circumstances , events or personal discernment of the viewer. This is the Christian perspective??
One of the pillars of postmodern thinking is that each of us has possession of our own truth, and that truth is relative to our situation, environment or emotions. The pervasiveness of this thought has infected even the church. It is to me a thought process that absolves the owner of accountability for actions taken in the pursuit of flawwed personal faith, or mistakes made in leadership of the church. Barna states, "The virtual disappearance of this cornerstone of the Christian faith - that is God has communicated a series of moral principles in the Bible that are meant to be the basis of our thoughts and actions, regardless of our preferences, feelings or situations - is probably the best indicator of the waning strength of the Christian church in America today." This thought has moved beyond the cultural issues of gay and lesbian relationships, abortion, cohabitation, drunkedness, and viewing pornography to the church issues of discipline, forgiveness, service, fellowship and accountability to the body of believers.
The removal of absolute truth is resulting in a mentality which esteems relativism, tolerance, pluralism and diversity without any thought for the repurcussions and implications of these actions.
Barna says, "Embracing relativism under the guise of Christain faith facilitates comfort with sin." He states further, "Without some firm and compelling basis for suggesting that such acts are inappropriate, people are left with such philosophies as ' if it feels good, do it,' 'everyone else is doing it' or 'as long as it does'nt hurt anyone else it's permissible.' In fact, the alarmingly fast decline in moral foundations among our young people has culminated in a one-word worldview. 'whatever'.
F.B.Meyer stated in 1913, "There are many incitements to similiar misgivings in the present day. They arise, in part, from the comparative study of non-Christian religions; from the advance of exact scientific investigation, which leads us to demand similiar exactitude in the evidences for religious statements; and in the general flux of opinion... The old order is changing, and giving place to the new; but the precise shape of the new is not yet determined, and men fail to distinguish between truth, which is immutably the same, and the forms in which it is capsuled."
The eroding of the concept of absolute or objective truth is the bane of the gospel. It reduces the import of a righteousness needed, beyond what man can attain by his own efforts, to an achievable end based on the truth that I am good enough by my own merits to avoid judgement, or my truth may not even include a judgement of the actions or intentions committed in my life. Without absolute truth the need for a Savoiur is negated, and Christian as well as non-Christian who believes in relativism has blasphemed the name of Jesus.
1 John 3:24 'The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given." The false must be separated from the true. The incorporaton of truth (that God is, and God does) into the human condition enables people to live in the fullness of life, in confidence and anticipation of the revelation of the character of Christ in us. It is the catalyst to faith, that I may believe God to be gracious and through reconciliation have access to the fount of all existence.
John 4:23,24' True worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such people the Father seeks to be His worshippers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.' The Greek for truth means "the reality lying at the basis of an appearance; the manifested, veritable essence of a matter." Truth here means the substance, the reality, the actual possession of all that the worship of God implies, both in what it demands and what it promises. This truth is indicative of God's faithfulness in the fulfillment of His promises, it is the truth of God the verity of God's existence. He is the I AM.

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