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We live in a society that seems to define truth a different way every week. We are told what to think and what to feel and, when our version of truth doesn’t align with society or popular culture we are deemed to be intolerant or not “woke” enough. But what is truth in the Bible?
By what standard should we define our truth? We are going to explore that in this article. So join me on the search for truth!
Fluidity of Truth in the World
If the world has truth, if society has the answers, then why is it that their “truth” is fluid?
A truth, by definition, is a fact. Do facts change? If they do, are they facts or are they opinion or hypothesis that can ebb and flow based on what is popular or the social movement of the time?
At one time the “truth” was that the earth was flat. Was that truth or was it merely hypothesis or an idea or an opinion? Well, we all know now it definitely wasn’t truth.
The FACT is that it is round. That is truth. It doesn’t change. You cannot choose to change it. No matter what opinion you have about it, it doesn’t change the fact. It doesn’t care if you don’t like that it is round or that you think it is unfair or inconvenient that it is round. You can dig your heels in and insist it is flat but it doesn’t affect the truth.
Society’s answers will change with time. Their view of “religion” will change. WHO to worship will change.
What hasn’t changed over time? The Word of God. It has stayed the same throughout history.
Why? Because truth does not change. Once truth changes it is no longer truth! Truth CANNOT change. Only what one CHOOSES to believe does but that does not make it truth.
Society can CHOOSE to determine when life begins but no matter how many times their opinion or decisions change, it doesn’t change truth of life’s beginning. It doesn’t affect God’s law, His character or His Word.If the world has truth, if society has the answers, then why is it that their "truth" is fluid? #theWord #Bible Click To Tweet
What is Truth in the Bible – The Parable of the Sower
Jesus told the parable of the sower in the Book of Matthew:
A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.Matthew 13:3-8
You see, when our seed lands on anything but good soil, the world’s opinions of “truth” can make us abandon the Word of God and believe that maybe the world has the truth instead of the Bible. So we abandon the things of God for the things of this world. Our view of truth is shallow like the soil in the parable.
We choose to go with what is fleeting and lasts but a minute in comparison to the longevity of truth in the Bible.
We believe the Word to be antiquated and outdated and has no place in society. It is just a creation of man to answer questions about life and eternity.
Yet that “outdated” book has lasted and endured. Why? Because it is truth and truth stands the test of time.
Outdated and antiquated? One can believe that but it doesn’t change fact.
Let’s look at some truth in the Word versus the World’s ever changing views.
Truth in the BibleOnce you start to say "to me God is…." you are creating a god in your own image. God is God. You don't get to justify your behavior by redefining who He is. Click To Tweet
And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being. Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind. NIV
...I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. NIV
But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased. NIV
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations. ESV
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. ESV
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. ESV
Accepting or Rejecting Truth in the Bible and the Truth of Salvation
You can choose to accept or reject truth. You can choose to reject the words of the Bible and that is your choice. But your right to choose does not mean you have the right to choose for others.
God is a gentleman. He will never force Himself on anyone and demand He be believed, followed or accepted.
But the fact that you have free will and a choice does not change what is and what is not.
Again, I will fall to my death in spite of believing or not believing in gravity. My acceptance or rejection of it does not change its truth. I will still fall to the ground insisting gravity isn’t real.
Salvation is a free gift. God demands nothing from you. It is free. But just as if I had a gift for you and held it out to you, the fact that the gift exists in my hands doesn’t make it yours.
You have to take the gift for you to possess it and enjoy the benefits of it.
Jesus is holding the gift out to you with no strings attached. We do not belong to a religion any more than my example earlier of the wealthy father is a religion. It is about relationship.
Being a Christian isn’t about being perfect. It is about coming to Him where you are. He will not judge you and Christians should not either because:
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.Isaiah 54:6
My righteousness is like filthy rags! I can never be without sin and I can never be perfect! If you are a sinner, welcome! So am I!
But I know a Savior who took my blame and my punishment. I know a Messiah who went to the cross in my place BECAUSE I can never be sinless and can never EARN Heaven.
All it takes is relationship. All it takes is a simple prayer of “I accept the gift you offer me of eternal life and accept you. I choose to live for you and want you in my life forever”.
Truth is simple. Truth doesn’t come with a bunch of complicated explanations. Truth is what it is. And Truth cries out for you to come back to the family and not the trappings of the world whose truth changes weekly.
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