Truth Week 1
People always want the truth and believe that the truth should be shared. John 8:32 states, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Truth is being equal to freedom. No burden, no bondage, and no barrier can deter nor hinder the truth from reaching people and releasing the masses from the weight of the world.
The question that must be asked is why the truth is in short supply. Even worse, the truth is not in demand. The truth is, I have resorted to writing instead of speaking because I have come to find out that lies are truths depending on the source of the statement or action. People deny climate change despite the clear evidence of melting glaciers and heat in December while it may be snowing in May. Christians are not immune to this ignorance. One can still be wrong even though they claimed to hear from God. That statement alone distorts the truth.
The Bible must support anyone’s Godly message regardless of that person’s education, position, or claim to fame. God’s Word touches all and is for all of those who believe. One person runs the show, and that is Jesus Christ. I hear many people say, “Do not question God.” But how else will we know the answer if we do not ask? We do not have because we did not ask (James 4:2).
Truth is truth. It can bless or break a person. It can mend or mangle a family. The truth is that there is nothing on Earth holding you back from moving freely on your own time and living the best life you possibly can. However, God is just. So, He will hold His children accountable to His truth, not the perceived truth contorted by opinion. I am tired of hypocrites who deny the truth so they can be seen in a good light even though they have no regard decency or order. “None are righteous, no not one,” can be found in Romans 3:10. “All our righteousness is but filthy rags,” according to what is written in Isaiah 64:6.
We claim the truth should be given, but no one truly wants it. Did David want the truth when Nathan confronted him in 2 Samuel 12? Did Hezekiah want the truth when his days were numbered in 2 Kings 20? Did Nebuchadnezzar wish to hear the truth about his humiliation in Daniel 5? Even our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, got nervous when He knew His death was at hand when he asked if there was another way in Matthew 26:39.
There are examples galore in the bible and in the world where people feared and even shunned the truth. Our Lord and Savior showed us how to approach and apply the truth to our lives when He questioned the truth. He says these prolific and promising words, “…nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Jesus knew what we all should be aware of- that denying or ignoring the truth is denying and ignoring Jesus Himself, which is God (John 10:30). He says in John 14:6 that He is “the way, the truth, and the life.”
In the upcoming weeks, we will see four ways of dealing with the truth.