Truth: The Perishing Good… what on earth does that mean!?
When you go to the store and look on most product labels, you will find what is referred to as a “use by” or a perishable date. To many, truth seems to have also been given such a label. Only those who follow The Truth, truly know that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Yet, the world pursues this fallacy, as it is convenient and thereby making it a “convenient truth”. Often times this is so that it fits their narrative or a given agenda and it’s often deceptive.
When I was growing up, given that I was not raised in a Godly home, I was inevitably being taught the “world’s ways”. This continued through my years in the Army, as well as its reinforcement through the secular education system, grade school through college. However, one of the things I was taught at home was that a person of character would have the trait of truthfulness. Honesty and integrity were at the top of this character pillar.
Yet, this was an elusive and often an unattainable goal. Especially, when living in an abusive environment. Why? Well those of us who have been in this type of situation knows that EVERY decision made is on based on protection and relates to survival. So a lie, though you know it to be wrong, is often seen as a saving grace and is often used as a tool for self-preservation or in other words survival. That doesn’t make it right, just identifying why. Innately, humans seek to survive.
Being one who has been there and has the scars, I pray for those who live in this environment; those who must continually endure this living Hell. Especially, now given the implications of this Plandemic called COVID-19.
So with this blog as I have been doing with all of them for the past few months, I want to give you the key points. This is the meat to digest.
- What is truth?
- Is it a relevant or a universal (absolute and all-encompassing) matter?
- Where does truth originate (come from)
What is truth?
This to many, is as perplexing and philosophical as the question of “what is the meaning of life?” Yet, in reality, it isn’t that difficult to define and operate in. It has only become a complex matter with the age of enlightenment, when man in his finite wisdom sought to capture its full essence made it out to be far more complicated than it needed to be. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, there are many attributes or things that define this matter, which are as follows:
- It is the body of real things, events, and facts: actuality
- It is the state of being the case: fact
- Often capitalized: To denote a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality
- It is a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true (i.e., truths of thermodynamics);
- The body of true statements and propositions
- The property (as of a statement) of being in accord with fact or reality
- Fidelity to an original or to a standard
- Sincerity in action, character, and utterance.
- Archaic: fidelity, constancy
Is it a relevant or a universal (absolute and all-encompassing) matter?
Often times, because truth is real, it can be difficult to accept, which is why our world scholars have tried oh so hard to water it down and deceive the masses through stating that it is a “relevant” matter. In this they are implying that truth can be manipulated and interpreted anyway the individual determines to. This is why in science, we have what is called the scientific method. And in that, the first thing the researcher is supposed to do is eliminate bias. So, they are supposed to remove their personal beliefs out of the equation. They are to also ensure that remove any influencing factors.
Because of this, then one could and many agnostic and atheists have argued that a Christian can’t be a person of science; because they will always come to the research table with a skewed perspective because they acknowledge that God is, where they don’t. When I was in my undergrad studies at Black Hills State University, during my Spring 2004 capstone research course, I can’t tell you how many times I heard the term or phrase “that’s anecdotal and therefore can’t be proven out; it’s not empirical” Yet, in our required readings, we studied numerous scientific theorist and some of those came to the table as staunch supporters of the fact that somethings will never be able to be proven out empirically. Michael Faraday was one of such theorists, which is supported by the findings of then, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) student I.H. Hutchinson (1996).
Even Darwin, you know the “father of evolution”, admitted there are things which will never be completely understood and therefore proven out through scientific theory. This became evident in the letter he penned in 1860 to Asa Gray, an American botanist, wherein he stated that he, “had no intention to write atheistically.” He then went on to state, “I cannot see as plainly as others do … evidence of design and beneficence on all sides of us. There seems to be too much misery in the world.” (Masci, 2009).
Darwin attended and sought a degree of Divinity at Christ’s College, Cambridge University (1828-31). In January 1831, he earned his BA in Divinity. Later that year, he transitioned to Botany Studies and in December 1831, he set sail on the HMS Beagle for South America, Australia and eventually the Galapagos Islands (Timeline – Cambridge University). It was there that many of his theoretical positions were made. The secular world however took his studies and touted them as truth. They found this to be a “convenient truth” given his falling away from his faith and the church.
A very interesting statement to point out, is his noted (7) statement where he sometimes questioned his own scientific discoveries. ‘I feel most deeply that this whole question of creation is too profound for human intellect’ (Biography). Furthermore, it needs to be noted that though he never considered himself to be an atheist, in 1849 he stopped going to church. It was at that point that he felt that the term ‘agnostic’ more appropriately defined his position of belief. His primary reason for departing from the church and his faith was not “evolution” as the world would have you believe. No, rather, he “gave up Christianity as he disagreed with the conclusion that all non-believers spend eternity in hell” (Biography).
So I’ve brought all this to your attention so as to show you just how truth is manipulated to fit the schemes of evil and why it and of itself truth is empowering. We as humans determine what truth is based solely upon the source. Some people, though sadly, believe the education system, the mainstream media and news, and even the government, as being the absolute providers of truth. That my friends is not empowerment, but rather bondage. Each of us need to be our own advocates and searchers of truth.
Where does truth originate (come from)
We as individuals need to use the brain that we have been given to pursue truth. There is one single source of truth regarding life and that is The One (YHWH, The Great I Am, Jehovah) who created and gave all life (Elohim) and One in whom ALL Life was given (Jesus, Yeshua). Now I know that there are a number of different religions out there and many say, that no one can be absolutely sure which is the right one. Well, there’s a litmus test and here it is…. Who was willing to lay down their life that YOU should be able to live in Heaven with Him? Only one, Jesus. He is also the one about which the ENTIRE Bible (Old and New Testament) is written. The Bible, though supported by much evidential fact that has been revealed by science, math, history and archeological discoveries, supports itself. It reveals its own truths daily! Though the Bible was penned by multiple contributors, the bottom line truth is found in II Timothy 3:16-17. Here’s what it says,
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for [training, discipline] instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (New King James Version)
Now if we put this to the following words recorded in the Scriptures, we clearly see that truth is NOT relevant but it is a universal (absolute and all encompassing) matter.
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (Numbers 23:19, NKJV)
For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. (Malachi 3:6, NKJV)
Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure,’ (Isaiah 46:9-10, NKJV)
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength (Isaiah 40:28-29, NKJV).
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. 10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me [empty] void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:8-11, NKJV).
The word of God has prophesied (foretold) of so many things to include the birth, crucifixion, resurrection of Jesus, to include the rejection by His own people and the birth of the church and the salvation of the non-Jew (Gentiles) (Isaiah 52:13-56:8). Jesus prophesied about the destruction of the temple in 70AD which occurred 27 years after his crucifixion (Matthew 24:3, Mark 13 and Luke 21). The prophet Daniel prophesied about the fall of the empires of the Babylonians, Medes-Persians, Romans and Greeks, as well as events taking place today. The Apostle John for seen the end of days and wrote them down in the book of Revelations. The apostle Paul in writing to his disciple and fellow pastor Timothy about the days we’re living out (II Timothy 3).
If you take the time to experience the Scriptures for yourself, and do as it directs “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15, NKJV) you will find not on truth, but The TRUTH, Jesus. In doing so, you will also see the depth of His love for us. That will move you to desire to be in relationship with Him opposed to being “Religious”
In closing, through this blog you should have a far better understanding on the matter of truth. You should be able to clearly state that you understand what truth is; that is a universal, absolute and all-encompassing matter; and that you know that there is but one true source, which is God and His Son, Jesus. Through this blog, I provided a couple of examples of how man deceives the masses by manipulating the truth to make it “convenient” so that it fits their narrative or a given agenda, and again one which is often deceptive. Be not fooled my friends, the days we live in are treacherous because the truth is the perishing good.
References and Resources:
Cambridge University (n.d.) A Timeline of the Life of Charles Darwin. Retrieved from https://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/timeline-life-charles-darwin Retrieved on 29 July 2020
Charles Darwin Biography (n.d.). Biography Online. Retrieved from https://www. biographyonline.net/scientists/charles-darwin.html#:~:text=Charles% 20Darwin% 20Biography.%20Charles%20Darwin%20%281809%20%E2%80%93%201882%29, showing%20how%20Man%20evolved%20from%20lower%20life%20forms. Retrieved on 29 July 2020.
Hutchinson, I.H. (1996). Michael Faraday: Scientist and Nonconformist. Scholarly Paper. The Faith of Great Scientists, MIT Independent Activities Period, 14 Jan 96. Retrieved from http://silas.psfc.mit.edu/Faraday/ Retrieved on 29 July 2020.
Masci, David (2009). Darwin and His Theory of Evolution. Article. Pew Research – Polling and Analysis. Retrieved from https://www.pewforum.org/2009/02/04/ darwin-and-his-theory-of-evolution/ Retrieved on 29 July 2020.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version (1985). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Truth (n.d.). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/truth. Retrieved on 29 July 2020.