H/T to https://barabbasme.wordpress.com/2023/01/05/thursday-thoughts-what-is-truth-p-pilate/.
insanitybytes22 has an excellent post here!
Why do I think this saying is incorrect?
The truth is like a lion. You don’t have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself.”
The statement overlooks the Great Commission. Jesus commissioned us to spread His Truth. Unbelievers don’t go looking for the Bible. We have to do our best to live the Word in front of them. Then, when they ask, we must give them the reason for our hope, the hope that our Lord has given us (1 Peter 3:15).
Someone has to bring each of us to the foot of the cross. Someone has to bring each of us to the point we will open the Bible and read it. Ultimately, the Father actually cause a soul to be born again, to give us a new heart (John 6:44), but we facilitate the process in some way.
Does God need us? No, and that fact is the basis for that quote above, but God has chosen to use us. He has commissioned us, and that is why the quote is wrong.
God has honored us with a role, however small, in the salvation of unbelievers, our neighbors. When we refuse to take up that role, to take up our cross, we show we have no love for our neighbors, that we still need to be born again in Christ.
There appears to be some debate about who deserves credit for having said, “The truth is like a lion. You don’t have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself.”
And by “deserves,” I mean there is also some debate over whether or not what is deserved is a swift kick in the rear for coming up with such an appalling lie.
Generally if you set a lion free and it begins to devour people, the first victim is going to fall to the ground and proudly declare, there is no such thing as lions. The next will scoff and dismiss you as a total conspiritress spreading misinformation. Another is going to ask doesthat cloud over there looks like a fluffy bunny on a surfboard and what kind of oven cleaner do you use?
My favorite is the disembodied small talk, the random bits of trivia that…
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