11Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. (Psalm 86:)
The problem with absolute truth is that everyone already knows what it is, and everyone knows they already have it. It does seem a little odd however that everyone's concept of absolute truth is thousands of miles apart, even though they use the same Bible to base their truth on. And interesting phenomenon to say the least.
As unexplainable as it is, it's obvious that everyone is not going to come to their senses and agree with you, even though you know they must if they are to have any semblance of truth at all. So let's see if there's another method by which we can at least come closer to having absolute truth.
One way of thinking that comes to my mind is to regard everyone as right enough to satisfy God, since it is He who has absolute truth, and it is He who wrote the Book and who created us. And it is He who insists we find and follow absolute truth. However, in spite of what God may think about our concepts of absolute truth we know that if everyone doesn't follow our system of belief, then they are lost.
Another way we might seek truth is for everyone to assume that they themselves and everyone else is wrong. Hmmm. I get the feeling you don't like that idea.
Then how about if we all consider the possibility that each of us has a nugget of truth and a pot full of error. No? I didn't think you'd like that one either.
Another way we might determine absolute truth is through belief, faith. The person, or the group that has the most faith might be the one who has the most truth. Does that sound reasonable to you? After all, doesn't the Bible tell us we are saved by grace through faith (Eph 2:8)? So, let's compare our faith and see if we can find absolute truth. James 2:20 tells us that faith without works is dead. Oh, I know your pastor told you that this means something else, but let's pretend that James knows better what he's talking about than your pastor. It's a long stretch, but let's give it a try. If faith is the basis of truth, than how about those willing to burn their body in the streets as do the Hindus, or those willing to blow themselves up in effort to please God. Can your faith compare with that kind of faith? You don't think that's a fair comparison? Faith isn't the best way to determine truth? Ok, let's try something else.
How about majority rules. That's always been the way we decided truth when I was young. Even the schools and the government used this method. Of course both the schools and the government have abandoned this method, but we don't have to follow suit in our effort to find absolute truth. It appears that 33% of the religious world is Christian followed by 20% Muslim, 13% Hindu, 11% non religious and 2% Atheist. If we use this method, then you being Christian win the prize. Do you want to stick with this method? Of course there are thousands of different denominations within the Christian religion, all having very different views of truth. Do you want to leave it like it is? Or shall we go on? I'm assuming you're not yet satisfied, so I'll look a little farther:
Ok, let's look at the denomination that's been around the longest and seems to have the largest number of adherents, the Catholic church. Do you like that? Will you settle for the Catholic view of truth? If you're Catholic, I assume you're nodding your head yes. Ok, so which one is it that has the truth? Roman? Eastern Orthodox?
Let's try for the Roman Catholic. Tell me which one, pre-Vatican 2 or post? How about the variations between the two? They are very different from one another don't you know, and both very non-accepting of the others, just as are the Protestant denominations.
Want to try a Protestant denomination? Oh, come now. I don't have enough paper to print out all the various views of truth according to the Protestant denominations.
Let's look at stance for evidence of truth. Perhaps if we found a denomination that still believes as they did from their beginning we might find truth. How about the Roman Catholic church. oops, we just said they're drifting toward the Protestant view of truth. How about the Lutheran? If you believe the Lutheran church hasn't changed its view of truth then you're not reading your newspaper. This goes for that old standby the Church of England as well.
Ok, let's move away from the denominations. How about if we actually had prophets of God come and tell us what God expects of us? Would we all agree to what they say? I assume you're nodding your agreement, just as long as you know for sure it's a prophet of God and not just someone voicing their own opinion. How about Jeremiah? Maybe Isaiah? If you remember, these and many other prophets came to God's people, and do you remember what happened to them? Of course that was then, this is now. However we still have their words, and just like the Jews did, we change the prophet's words and refuse to listen to them.
How about if God sent His only begotten Son to tell us what the truth is. Would that satisfy everybody? Of course it would. However that's exactly what happened, and we have the Words of the Son, and those are the words we argue about and try to prove our view of truth by.
Hmmm. Such a dilemma.
Well, how about this. What if someone could take every word, every verse, every book and line them up so there wasn't a single solitary conflict within them. After all, you know as well as I do that every view of truth has to force their power card (verses) to prove their point and hide all the thousand verses that contradicts their view. If every passage of Scripture could be made to line up, that should cause us to be closest to the truth, don't you think so? And would you accept that truth if this was to be accomplished?
Of course you wouldn't. No way. You would throw stones at anyone who tried to knock you off your firm rock of established beliefs. You would follow such a person everywhere he or she went trying to get something on them in order to disqualify their opinion. You would do everything you could to discredit the person who would dare to tamper with your beliefs, just like they did with Jesus when He presented the world with absolute and undeniable truth. It's just the way we are.
You say I'm wrong? You say you wouldn't do such a thing? You say you would readily accept truth if it could be shown to be truth? Oh yeah? Then prove it. Climb out of that secure box of doctrine and study the Bible as if you believed it to be the true Word of God. Call upon the aid of the Holy Spirit as if you actually believed Jesus when He said He would send a Comforter Who would show you the truth. Prove the Bible, and at the same time prove me wrong:
I double dog dare you!
51Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. 52Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which showed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: 53Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. (Acts 7:)
17Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: (Rev 3:)
11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. (Mat 13:)
1Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it. 2And though they say, The LORD liveth; surely they swear falsely. 3O LORD, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return. 4Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God. (Jer 5:)
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