A couple of weeks ago, in a comment thread on Facebook, I was told that it was “extremely arrogant” of me to claim I have a “monopoly” on truth. This entire thread was particularly heartbreaking, but this comment in particular has consumed my thoughts the past couple of weeks:
What is truth? How do I know what I believe is true? Why do I have this confidence and assurance? Am I arrogant? Is it wrong for me to defend what I know is truth? What is tolerance? How do I articulate my love for people yet intolerance for sin?
You get the idea–it’s been an exhausting couple of weeks. I took it to the Lord, and He faithfully responded in a way I couldn’t have imagined. (But, Paul said he could do that, right?)
My church has been extremely blessed with a new youth minister who is absolutely rooted in Truth. Because of his passion for loving God & people, he is committed to making sure that, from the beginning, our kids understand WHY they believe what they profess to believe. So, the past couple of weeks have been full of questions… and answers.
We started in Mark 12:28 where Jesus is asked what the most important commandment is. The first part of Jesus’ response is key to our understanding of the very bedrock of our faith:
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
That’s it. That is the reason for my being. For my understanding. For my Truth.
Because if I believe Mark 12:29, then I believe God is perfectly one. And, if I believe God is perfectly one, then I believe he is perfectly loving, powerful, present, infinite, merciful, faithful & good (etc., etc., etc.,).
If He is all of these things, then I believe His truth is all of these things. And if I believe His truth is all of these things, then I believe He IS Truth (capital T).
If He is Truth, then His word is absolute Truth. Therefore, it is not me that has the Truth, but the Spirit within me that dominates Truth.
And, if all of this is true, then that means I have a dire and desperate need for Him.
THIS is why we must subject ourselves to and surround ourselves with Truth-seeking & teaching congregations, small groups, and individuals. Our world believes “truth” is relative. Everyone claims their own idea of what it is and how it manifests itself in our lives. But, as Christians, there is NO question.
There is ONE Truth. ONE God. ONE Faith. ONE way. And, it is found within the holy, perfect, infallible Word of God—from Genesis to Revelation.
Only there is perfect peace. Only there is perfect goodness, perfect understanding, wisdom, and…
So, read what you will & come to your own conclusions, but only when you check it with the Truth of the Word can we live in the absolute freedom of what we know, what we believe, and what we understand.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32