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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, September 07, 2008

Questions of Faith

Is there a God?

Is the Bible the true revelation of that God?

Is Jesus the only way to relationship with God?

These are questions that demand an answer that involves a definition of truth. The meaning of the word truth extends from honesty, good faith, and sincerity in general, to agreement with fact or reality in particular. The term has no single definition about which a majority of professional philosophers and scholars agree, and various theories of truth continue to be debated. There are differing claims on such questions as what constitutes truth; how to define and identify truth; the roles that revealed and acquired knowledge play; and whether truth is subjective, relative, objective, or absolute. The important aspect of the definition is the statement that truth must be in agreement with fact or reality.

The secular definition of truth refers to an opinionated, self-absorbed basis of judgement, exclusive from any authority refuting claims to self-government or self-realization. Variables like environmental assessment, perception, survival, reality, subjectivity, the majority view and numerous other classifiers are attempts at creating a truth that is palatable and non-threatening to the conscience and which places man as the judge of what truth is.

Christianity imposes divine revelation as the anvil of truth, the benchmark. The classifiers of truth for the Christian are that: they are supernaturally grounded (mystical) not developed from nature; Christian truth is objective (truth is truth eternally) and not subjective (truth is subject to time, place and circumstance); truth is a revelation of God not a construction of man; truth is discovered by enquiry and from that enquiry the knowledge gained affirms the truth of the object, it is not a product of election, majority rule or changing dynamics; truth is authoritative and not personal choice; truth is absolute complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless...viewed apart from modifying influences or without comparison with other objects; actual; and real, it is not determined by what is likable or dislikable.

We did not create or invent God and He declares His right as God in all of creation. Our existence, this world and all that is in it was His idea. It was not created to glorify man, but to glorify God and He takes His pleasure in our actions in accordance with the understanding of that truth, that we are here for Him.

We did not design the way of salvation, the sending of His Son to redeem our lives from separation from His truth, from His love. It was not our plan and the only option available is to accept or reject that plan. We did not write the Bible, or the Creeds, or develop the doctrines of our faith, we are only the witnesses, we only attest to the validity of our personal experience as revelatory of the work of God in our lives. If you don't like it the only one to blame is God. You can't tamper and mess with it because it is faultless and perfect in design.

Christianity is not the easy street to salvation, no one likes self-sacrifice, being referred to as a worm or a sinner, confronting our faults and errors, being at odds with our friends, family, society and culture, standing as a condemning presence in a world fraught with the pursuit of personal happiness. In these aspects Christianity in not easy to accept, to explore, to explain, to swallow. And sometimes it really sucks on Sunday morning about 8:30.

The point is we are here because it is the truth, it is alive, it quivers in our lives, it grows and infuses all that we are with God.

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