In WHAT IS TRUTH, we considered the fact that Jesus Christ is the Truth. We ended that post with this observation.
So what is the Truth? Why do we need an answer? If we do not stand for anything, what won’t we do? Until we stand for something, will we not fall for anything? Won’t we will be like Pilate? Won’t we will do evil because we do not know and revere the Truth?
See the picture above?
At first glance, you see some sort of greenish greyish orb perched in the middle,
amongst the debris of what must be some sort of woodsy ground.
However, upon further inspection, you will note that the right half of the green orb,
or rather a prematurely fallen muscadine, is the side with actual color,
as is the surrounding area.
The color of life and growth.
The left side appears to be rotting or rotten while the surrounding debris around the
muscadine is equally ashen and grey…as in decaying, rotting and dark.
It is a prime example of contrasting imagery between light and dark, life and death…
With the poor muscadine being caught in the middle.
And if the truth be told, that muscadine, my friends, is more representational of both you
and I then either of us can even begin to imagine.
Light vs dark…
life vs death…
While we are constantly suspended between the two.
It’s as if each one vies for our very being.
The endless struggle for mankind.
That struggle is much more active and much more real than most of us care to admit,
let alone contemplate…as the forces of both light and dark, life and death, continuously
wage battle over our very existence.
Metaphors, yes…yet also very much a reality.
What is the Light? God. What is the dark? The absence of God.
What keeps us from God? Pride. Instead of The Truth, we want our own truth. When we turn from God, we rot.
How do we obtain our own Truth. We turn parts of Creation into idols, things like knowledge of science, the pleasure of sex, the stuff we own, the power of the state, and the capabilities of our self. We corrupt these things in order to force our own Truth upon others.
1. Learn. You are 1 out of about 109 billion homo sapiens that have ever lived on Earth. What are the chances that you know something better than all of them? If you think the chances are pretty high because most of them are dead, did you know that about 7% of all people who have ever lived are alive today? Don’t just sit down in the middle of the road of life. Read. Watch. Listen. Connect the dots. Put things in context. Then, privately or publicly, write about what you learn – it cements it more firmly in your mind.
Will there be a return to political sanity? Who knows? Was there ever a time of political sanity? All I know is that discovering The Truth requires study. God rewards effort, sloth not so much. God also rewards humility.
James 4:4-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?
6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
When we humble ourselves before God, when we strive to see ourselves as He sees us, when we obey His command to love our neighbors, then we start trying to learn The Truth instead of making our own truth. We learn that if want to change the world, we have to begin with our self. To change ourselves, we must let the grace of God change us.