I have also sat around lunch tables with colleagues and friends and discussed all kinds of topics––and rarely have two people agreed on the order of events or the words actually spoken or the intention of those words. Even members of the judicial system (from police to lawyers to judges to jury members) are now wary of accepting eye witness accounts as irrefutable truths. Too many eye witness accounts of the same event differ or even contradict, and many are in error. All human truth seems to be flawed.
When I looked up the word “true” in the dictionary, there were some 25 definitions on different ways the word is used and what it means. No wonder we have trouble determining “what is true.”
So where do we find truth? The moral relativists would say that there is no absolute truth . . . that all truth is relative (which is ironic because for their belief to be true that statement must be an absolute truth).
Such is my question here at the end of January after focusing on the portion of Philippians 4:8 that says “whatsoever is true.” Granted I have not exhausted my search for truth by any stretch of the imagination, but I have learned that before one can say something is true, the very foundation on which that statement rests must also be true. This was my point last week.
However, I did learn quite a few truths this past month, such as worry changes absolutely nothing and trust in God does indeed bring peace. But the one that seems to trump them all and on which all other truths build upon is the following. (The ellipses, bold lettering, and italics are my insertions as I wanted to think about portion of each phrase on its own and then in total.
“For God so loved the world . . . that He gave His only begotten Son . . . that whoever believes in Him . . . should not perish . . . but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
What a wonderful truth.