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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

Friday, February 20, 2009

Truth


“One’s ideal attitude towards truth, we are carefully taught, should be that of utter passivity. The truth must come and stamp itself in its own person authentically upon our unaiding and unresisting minds. If we let our satisfactions or dissatisfactions influence the manner of our reception of it, we shall surely fail to get it pure.”

The struggle, the great difficulty is in the apprehension and comprehension of truth, pure truth, unadulterated truth, the holding fast to the idea of truth, accepting consciously what current day scholars and philosophers hold as a seemingly ambiguous, vacillating, vacuous concept. “Every idea we have, every relationship we cultivate, every belief we cherish every fact we know, every argument we engage in, and every thought we think presupposes that there is such a thing as ‘truth’. The idea is an essential concept, without which the human mind could not function. … One of the most basic, universal and undeniable axioms of all human thought is the absolute necessity of truth.” The moment you begin to define, ‘truth’ you are faced with the requirement of the existence of a universal, absolute truth and any definition of truth must include that premise. Truth cannot exist with any coherent significance apart from a fixed, predetermined, assumptive source, Truth is found to be self-evident (We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…) and in that rationale we see the essence and validity of truth being contained in; yielding to; acknowledging of; and issuing from God. Truth accepts the demands of logical, clear, rational, sensible thought. Truth can be analyzed, examined and compared and under intense scrutiny will never be found self-contradictory, incoherent, subjective or absurd. “Truth is that which is consistent with the mind, will , character, glory and being of God … Truth is the self-expression of God.” Truth is theological and spiritual.

Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.” What is our understanding of life? How is it we are to live? What is right? What is wrong? Sin is everything in the disposition and purpose and conduct of God’s moral creatures that is contrary to the expressed will of God. “Has God indeed said … “ In the face of smothering, contradictory and incongruous opinions and convictions as to what truth is and whether or not there exists absolute truth, there lies a daunting task of witnessing as to how;

“Justice is turned back,
And righteousness stands afar off;
For truth is fallen in the street,
And equity cannot enter.
So truth fails, …” “Truth has perished and has been cut off ...”

To hold to the knowledge of truth as containing or encompassing the idea of sin, guilt, shame, repentance, submission and obedience to a Divine Authority requires a strong-will and an unflinching clinging to the Word of God. Jesus said, “…If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." We find in this world the relativistic view detracting from the idea of there existing an absolute truth from which all truth is derived. This position leads society on a path refuting the social norms established by previous generations and culminating now in the view that no truth exists apart from what is seen, perceived or believed to be relative to my life. Whether or not that truth infringes upon others rights, freedoms or expressions of truth becomes irrelevant. This view wishes to establish a benchmark for truth, subsequently a negation of truth, which is not held accountable to any standard of truth, nor any concept of an absolute truth. This view of truth is not fixed and objective, but is determined individually by each person in their unique, subjective context and perception. This is an attempt to eliminate morality and guilt from life.This is the dilemma facing the Christian community, at least those Christians holding to the moral instruction and propitiatory intent of the narrative of the Bible.

Romans 3:25, “ … (Jesus) whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,”

1 John 2:2, “ … and He Himself (Jesus) is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”

1 John 4:10, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son (Jesus) to be the propitiation for our sins.”

Romans 5:8, “ … but God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Truth can only be defined in the context of authority and that authority must have the visionary mandate that holds in balance all aspects of human relationship and promotes the furtherance and enhancement of that society, providing the adequate measures and strictures to ensure that the society is healthy and functional; it must have the power to enforce its legislation, offering opportunity for conciliation and retribution; and it must judge based on determinations that transcend all other motivations of personal intent, providing a scale or level of justice irrefutable in its fairness, equity and punishment. Truth must be understood as that to which we are held accountable, not that, which we can form to meet our need for justification of dysfunctional or inerrant behavior. In this we must seek and know of truth, Absolute Truth, which cannot exist in nor be created by man. This is called wisdom.

Proverbs 4:5 (NKJV)
Get wisdom! Get understanding!
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 4:7 (NKJV)
Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.

Proverbs 8:12 (NKJV)
"I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
And find out knowledge and discretion.
Proverbs 9:10 (NKJV)
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 10:13 (NKJV)
Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding,

Proverbs 2:6-7 (NKJV)
For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;

There is a resolute effort needed to hold fast to the wisdom of understanding that an Absolute Truth exists.
This truth is not found in moral righteousness, the exercise of a man’s conscience or on the contrary, those actions which create shame and expose immorality. “ … who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good?” If you feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give to the disadvantaged, look out for the good of your neighbor, you will not have offended in any way the law of the land or the sensibilities of those in your community. These are only areas of which a reasonable man in reasonable exercise of his abilities and resources should act in edifying the strength of society. What these actions do not touch upon is the heart of truth as it lives and breathes in man, to understand the poverty of those actions as they equate to the righteousness of God. The privileges and rewards, whether subliminally or consciously anticipated, will never be realized based upon the assumptions purported by ’good works’. In this the real truth, as it becomes the antithesis of all human endeavor and the insult to all men, as they face their pride and self-will becomes a stumbling stone and a rock of offense. Their god, is a god of love, and does not require repentance, submission, obedience and sacrifice. Their god of love will not judge them based on their faults but only upon the ‘good’ that they do, regardless of the heart. Their god of love will not suffer them to be humbled to accept that their inward principle of righteousness has no value in the economy of a Holy God.

Isaiah 64:6 (NKJV)
But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind,
Have taken us away.

Isaiah 45:23 (NKJV)
I (God) have sworn by Myself;
The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness,
And shall not return,
That to Me every knee shall bow,
Every tongue shall take an oath.

Isaiah 5:16 (NKJV)
But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment,
And God who is holy shall be hallowed in righteousness.

The effort needed to exercise our will is not our own, but, is found in listening to the still small voice, the enabling, empowering, invigorating, strengthening, stabilizing, prompting voice of God’s Holy Spirit whispering into our souls the truth. Consenting to truth’s undivided presence in our life is our will’s sole focus and goal. We must be possessed by the passion of God for our very souls and God’s heartfelt desire to have relationship with us.

(Jesus said) I … bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."

Pilate said to Him, "What is truth?" ( “the question of questions, which the thoughtful of every age have asked, but never man yet answered." )

“Pilate’s exclamation (this famous sneer) is neither the expression of an ardent thirst for truth, nor that of the despair of a soul which has long sought it in vain; it is the profession of a frivolous skepticism, (ignorance, apathy, indifference, astonishingly dismissive) such as is frequently met with in the man of the world, … ” (Godet).
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal … and include the inerrancy and authority of the Word of God (The Bible), the doctrine of original sin, and the exclusivity of Jesus Christ. Truth is not an individuals opinion or imagination or justification or excuse. Truth is what God has said, …

Isaiah 40:13-14
Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord,
Or as His counselor has taught Him?
With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him,
And taught Him in the path of justice?
Who taught Him knowledge,
And showed Him the way of understanding?

Isaiah 55:8
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord.

1 Cor. 2:16
For "who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
The exageration of ambiguity; the rejection of every expression of certainty; the lack of clear, concise definitions; the refusal to accept authoritative principles and beliefs as they apply to morality and faith; leave in the wake a hodge-podge of irrelevant subjectivities without the focus of an objective context.



When it comes to biblical issues, moral principles, theological truth, divine revelation and spiritual absolutes, compromise is never appropriate. Tolerance makes an ugly abomination of truth when out of context with God.
Charles Spurgeon said; We (need) Luthers, Calvins, Bunyans, Whitfields, men fit to mark eras, whose names breathe terror in our ears. … They are the gifts of Jesus to the Church, … and when the good old truth is once more preached by men whose lips are touched as with a live coal off the altar, this shall be the instrument in the hand of the Spirit … “

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