Pulpit Reflections by the Rev. Cory Gonyo What is the truth? Even asking this question may sound presumptuous to non-discerning ears. After all, "the" truth presumes that there is one truth. And what do you mean by "what is the truth?" What truth? Truth about what?
In a day full of opinions and political correctness it is easy to feel blown and tossed by everyone else's ideas and ideals. You do not have to look very far to find someone to agree with you about almost anything. And then very nearby is someone else who disagrees. Who is right?
What is the truth about abortion? What is the truth about sex outside of marriage? What is the truth about drugs and alcohol? What is the truth about religion? What is the truth about pornography? Ah, now the simple (perhaps vague) question begins to sting a little bit doesn't it?
As soon as anyone begins to define what the truth is, anyone and everyone who does not agree may begin to feel judged. For instance, if the truth about abortion is that it is murder and therefore a sin against God, then those who disagree immediately bring a defense and argue their side. Why? Because they are confronted by the truth.
Truth is like light. When shown in the deepest darkest crevices of our lives we begin to see the dirty dust balls and spiders inhabiting the unseen corners. The fact is that there is truth that is absolutely true for all people at all times in all places. This is referred to as absolute truth. And whether or not a person agrees with the truth does not necessarily matter, it still remains true.
For example, we can say that it is an absolute truth that humans need air to survive. It does not matter whether or not you agree with this statement, it remains true. You can believe with all your heart that you can live without air, but the first 10 minutes that you are deprived of it will determine if your beliefs were in line with the truth.
There is also spiritual truth that is absolute. The Bible says: (NASB) John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
(NASB) John 17:17 "Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth."
(NASB) 1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
In the first passage Jesus reveals to us a remarkable reality. He is the truth. Truth is a person, not just an idea. If you want to know truth, you must know Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is truth.
In the second passage, Jesus prays for His followers that they would be sanctified, made holy, in the truth and then identifies the word of the Father as truth. The word of the Father is the Bible. The Bible, and the Bible alone, is truth. It is from God Himself (2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 2 Peter 1:20-21).
In the third passage, we see the encounter of human belief and behavior in relationship to the truth. If God is Light (perfect, truth), and if the person knows the truth, then the person will also be true. We can and must live in the truth. The truth can be in us.
Concerning the truth from God in the Bible, it is absolute truth. It is true and will remain true whether or not any person agrees with it. Another way of saying this is that the truth of God does not depend on man's belief. Our belief in God does not make Him true. We believe in God because He is true.
Now I will put forth a statement that goes against all of today's philosophical and pseudo-religious teachings which say that as long as you believe something with sincerity, then that is the truth for you.
When all is said and done,
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the true conclusion is that it does not matter what you believe. It matters what the truth is, and whether or not you believe in the truth. Your most sincere beliefs in a lie will leave you with trusting in a lie. But the truth will always remain. Hitler's sincerity did not make him right to kill!
Jesus Christ is truth. He is God in the flesh who paid the price for the sins of His people by dying on a cross. On the third day Jesus rose from the dead to live and reign as Sovereign King of the universe. He is the only truth.
You can find the true God in Jesus Christ today by repenting of your sin and trusting Him as your Savior. The only way to be truly saved from sin is by God's grace through your personal faith and not depending on any other human religious additions (Eph. 2:8-10).
Let Jesus Christ shine the light of God's truth in your life. Let Jesus show you His reality and grace. Let Jesus show you His truth and you will find where all truth flows from and toward. Read the Bible, God's written truth. Beware of false ideas and false gods. Only Jesus Christ can lead you into truth. All else is destined to fail and disappoint you.
(NASB) 1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
Rev. Cory Gonyo is assistant pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Vermillion.