Truth

08/20/2009

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The truth is.... truth..... what IS truth? I sometimes wonder if we really understand what that word means anymore, let alone practice it, or God forbid we actually live by it.
It has become so accepted to bend the truth to conform to our standards that we cant even be honest with each other about how we feel. We tell each other what we want to hear. Maybe it's like that famous line by Jack Nicholson. "You want the truth.... you can't handle the truth".
I don't know. I suppose I'm just as guilty as anyone else when it comes to the truth and honesty. Our society has done a fine job of convincing us that there is no honor in truth. That if bending the truth a little gets you out of a jam, it can't hurt. That if being dishonest gets you the job, it's just business. That if cheating on a test gets you a better grade, well you know.... it's the end result that matters. That "forgetting" about that extra little bit of income on you taxes will get you a little bit more on your return..... ouch. We have become so prone to stretching, bending, or even blatantly destroying the truth that I'm not sure we really know who we are anymore.
I am currently involved in a situation where two parties (both Christians, by the way) are at odds, and one of them (I don't KNOW which) HAS to be lying. This isn't just a difference of opinion, or a disagreement. By nature of the situation, there can only be one right story, the other is completely false. As I have watched this happen, I have found myself wondering how we as a people, God's people, have come to accept half truths and lies as the norm. I know... you say that this is nothing new, and that is true. In Acts chapter five, Ananias and Sapphira hit the floor dead because they lied. Peter's denial of Christ was a lie. We have a whole Bible full of liars and cheats. The question is, have we learned anything from them?
Here is the point to all this. The Bible is truth. Every word in it is truth. Think of how many times you read the words of Jesus and he starts out saying " I tell you the truth...". If we live in such denial of the truth in our daily lives, and if we have gotten so used to making the truth fit nicely into our own self-centered lives, I wonder.... do we believe the truth in Gods Word? Do we really believe what Jesus says?
Jesus said in John 8: 31-32, "If you hold to my teaching, then you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free"
If the truth sets us free, I'm afraid that there are a lot of people walking around in bondage right now. I don't know about you, but I want to live free. I want to live by truth, and for truth.
By the way, I want say that I'm already in line with all the other sinners to ask forgiveness and ask for strength to live by truth. Care to join me?
 


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