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The Truth…(Part 1)

I am the way, the truth, and the life and no man comes to the father except through me.”  – John 14:6

What is truth?  How do we find it? and What is our reaction to it?

I found myself just a few months ago entangled in conversation with a man who, while being bat crap crazy, asked me a question that left me pondering the answer.*  We were embroiled in a debate over what the reality of God was and whether any religion was truly the right religion. But, over the course of this argument we wandered onto what is truth.  It was then that this crazy old man asked my this:

“What is the difference between truth and fact?”

After this obviously unsuccessful attempt at witnessing to a man at McDonald’s I just went about the rest of my day; however, I found the man’s question sticking with me.  What was the difference between truth and fact?  A point he made, and I was hard pressed to disagree is that fact is unquestionable!  You can’t get rid of facts no matter how hard you may try. You can deny them.  You can hide them.  You can even obscure them, but they never truly go away.

So if fact is so absolute then what is truth?  Being raised as the good christian that I strive to be, I was always taught that truth is absolute. Could both of these things be correct?  It took a lot of prayer and many hours of study to arrive at my answer, but finally I found it.

Truth is the most accurate interpretation of all of the facts!

As I said before facts are absolute but they can be obscured and even misused to produce a false truth, but that is not TRUTH.  Truth is when all of the facts are put in the correct order brought into the light and exposed for all to see.

The realization of this caused me to question then an even older philosophic question I was given. It was this:

“If you could spend the whole day in a room with another person and you had to speak the truth would you want to?”

This question was posed to a group of about twenty-two senior high school students, and with the exception myself and one other all of them answered with a firm and unshakable no.  Even at the time I was stunned how could this group of seventeen to eighteen year old Christian students not want to be open and honest with each other.  Wasn’t one of the tenets of our religion to be truthful?

They of course gave the answers that you would expect of a question such as that. What if the other person told?  What if a deep dark secret came out?  What if I was basically a devil and them an angel?  Who would come out on top?  These questions and more plagued there minds. They were scared about which truths might be found out.  What then was changed about this question then you might ask?

What changed was this: If truth is the most accurate interpretation of all of the facts, then what you were telling in that room was not truth but fact!  Now that may get lost on some but the distinction is very important.  These people were afraid, not of what truths this person might find out but what facts.  That fear, however, ran deeper.

There fear was that with enough facts this person might learn the TRUTH!

All that is left to ask then is why is this such a frightening thing?  Why does someone knowing the truth about us frighten us so much?  There is I believe a very simple but haunting answer.  When the truth about us is known it forces not only the one who finds out and the one whom the truth is about to face that truth.  When someone has all the facts and knows us so completely, they can force us to confront who we really are!

“Is this then the reason we are all so afraid of allowing God into our lives?!”

*As all good questions should!

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Excestential, John 14:6

 

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The Way…

I am the way, the truth, and the life and no man comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

The way. Such a simple phrase it hardly even seems worth mentioning; and yet this understanding of Christ and of the role that he plays in our Christian life is absolutely paramount to the relationship that we have with Him. In fact, this description of Christ was so important to the early church that they started out calling themselves not Christians but “Followers of the Way”.

So, what can we learn from this description of Christ?  What is He trying to teach us by describing Himself this way?  Certainly there is the obvious realization that Christ is the one and only road that will lead us to our salvation in God, but is there more to his being the way. Is it also a description of the protection and peace that Christ offers?

So what does “The Way” offer us?

1. The Way Offers Salvation To The Lost.

Imagine, if you will, that you are lost in a dense dark forest.  There are dangers all around you and many predators just waiting to devour you in the dark.  How happy would you be to find a path, and with it direction and the way of escape?!  This is the situation in which we as people find ourselves.  We are lost in a dark world full of sin and pain with the enemy just waiting to devour our very soul (1 Peter 5:8). It is into this situation that God came and provided the way of escape!

2. The Way Offers Safety To The Traveler.

People for almost all of time have sought out and used established paths.  This is because they offer travelers the knowledge that others have come before them.  Rather than just trudging through the darkness and fearing the forest, travelers can be certain of a direction.  Also, a traveler can be certain that if he runs into trouble there will be another who can find him to help.  We as “Followers of the Way” can likewise be certain that on this path we follow, Christ has gone before and others will be there to pick us up!

3. The Way Offers Rest To The Weary.

The ultimate goal of any traveler is the destination and the completion of his journey.  It is the knowledge that there is a season of rest waiting for him at the other end that can keep him going even when the road gets tough.  It is the same for us in our Christian walk!  We are traveling our whole lives doing our duty for our savior and what keeps us going more than anything is the knowledge that in the end we will get to sit and worship the One who has provided for us. (Phil 1:21-23)

Christ knew that the Christian life would be full of dangers and pitfalls.  That is why He used this description of the way, so that we as people could realize that even while we are on our journey he will guide us to our rest. He used this description so that when we wonder how we were going to make it through this life we will know His response:  I Am the Way!

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2012 in John 14:6

 

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