Truth?


I have written somewhere here on my blog this phrase “in pursuit of truth..”. I believe searching for truth is an altogether worthy ambition. Since Jesus himself is Truth and all truth springs from his eternal life, truth seekers should be more common in my view.

Recently I was flipping channels and came upon an Osprey couple and their young. One of the mature birds would fly out over the water and with both precision and grace would dive upon an unsuspecting meal (a fish) sinking sharp talons into the victim and then the bird would fly back to the nest with dinner. As the adults ripped bits of flesh off the dying fish the young Ospreys would open their mouths as wide as possible and wait to be fed. Whatever mom or dad deposited into them was happily accepted.

Far too many Christians are like those Osprey chicks. They take anything that comes along without thinking. “Brother so and so said it so that’s the way it is.” ” This is how we’ve always done it so it’s truth.” Really?

God calls his own to love him with their minds. We are to think! It is a dangerous task, I warn you. If you start thinking, if you start looking for truth apart from some of the traditional sources you are asking for trouble. I know from experience. And, it can be quite unsettling and uncomfortable. I know from experience. When I started valuing truth and searched for it I had to begin the scary process of asking myself a series of questions. “Why do I believe what I believe about God, about Jesus, about the church? What is the truth about how God saves a sinner? On what basis does God justify ungodly people like me and you? I can get down right nasty inside your head. Ahh.. but once you settle on truth it’s like a long drink from a cool spring on a hot day, like a deep breath of fresh air, a freedom you have never known. A rest, if you will.

Well, I know three young men who are thinkers and truth tellers. And, they are challenging others to do some serious thinking too. A couple of pharmaceutical reps, the team leader of a couple of global ministries, you know, just typical young southern men. They decided to do something about the intellectual laziness that characterizes so many of God’s people, and especially those millions who are not yet Christians for a variety of reasons. http://willingtothink.org is where you can find some podcasts. They make sense. Listen and tell me what you think.

 

 

The Wholeness of Truth


Today’s post is from the pen and heart of my friend Edward Fudge. The title of this gracEmail is “Wholeness of Truth”. It spoke to my heart and so I decided to share it with you. I am interested in your thoughts on this.
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Edward Fudge
May 17, 2009

THE WHOLENESS OF TRUTH

As a child, I naively thought that the particular subgroup of the non-instrument Churches of Christ into which I was born had discovered “the truth” and that all other Christian groups were either ignorant or dishonest because they differed from us. By the grace of God, when I became a man, I put away those childish ideas.

I gradually realized that almost all the hymns we sang were written by Christians from other denominations, as were nearly all the biblical commentaries our preachers studied in preparing their lessons. That didn’t mesh with the notion that of all God’s people, we were the most informed.

As I came to know other Christians personally, I quickly discovered that they were not dishonest at all — their piety and commitment to Christ often dwarfed mine, and what I usually saw within my own religious movement.

Over the years, there gradually emerged in my mind a picture of the wholeness God desires for his church universal. The fact is that every orthodox Christian group has important truth to share. Each such denomination, fellowship or Christian tradition began by a move of God’s Spirit to recover, renew or restore some element of Christian teaching, activity or experience then dormant, lagging or lacking in the church at large. All of us believers in Jesus need all the truth — and we dare not fail to receive it just because someone else found it first.

In this quest, we all must learn to eat the meat and throw away the bones. The danger is that we misuse the truth we do discover, or get it out of balance. Every part of the Church — including our own — has abuses and extremes, confusions and errors, which we do well to reject and to avoid.

The point is not who said something first, but whether it came from the Word of God. If it came from God, it is for all his people. I want all the truth anyone else has found. I also want to share any truth that I might find with others who also love and follow Jesus Christ.

Edward Fudge

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Thanks for reading,
Royce

Is Truth absolute? And, can I present it effectively?


Every person who is serious about their personal faith in God, and sharing that faith with others will be blessed by seeing this video. It addresses many questions facing the church today in clear, logical, objective language that will help us have our feet on solid ground as we present truth to others.

I hope you are blessed as I have been by this excellent presentation. Follow this link: GodTube

Comments?

His Peace,
Royce