Where is truth to be found? -- This is the basis of the greatest conflict in our culture today.
Is truth relative... is truth different for you than it is for me? Can truth be dictated by a majority vote? Can truth change over time as culture changes? -- OR -- Is truth constant and concrete... and, if so, is truth found only in science (observable truth)? Is truth found in recorded history? Can truth be found in religion? Can truth be found in our modern judicial system? Can truth be found in the news media?
This battle for truth has so overwhelmed our culture that most people are simply throwing in the towel and declaring they really don't care what's true or not true... they just want to be left alone to follow their own desires and discover their own purpose for life. But what are the ramifications-- what is the resulting outcome of this abandonment of truth? Are there benefits to discarding truth; or, are there consequences to rejecting truth?
As Christians, we CANNOT abandon Truth! Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6). To discard or reject truth would be to discard and reject Jesus Christ, himself. So the BIG QUESTION for one who claims to be Christian is: What do we do with that which appears to be true but, at the same time, seems to contradict the Word of God? There are many, many "christians" today compromising their faith in God's Word because of the "truths" and "wisdom" of the world. Rather than seeing these "truths" through the revelations of God's Word, they are attempting to explain scripture through the filter of the world's "wisdom". -- But scripture warns us not to be deceived nor to wander off into the myths of the world's teachings (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
Here's the "truth" of man's wisdom vs. what God reveals in His Word:
- Scientific truth says the laws of nature rule everything... but, God's truth reveals that the waters of the Red Sea can be parted and held aloft on command; and again on command returned to their place to destroy wicked man, (Exodus 14:15-29) defying numerous laws of nature.
- Medical truth says once you're dead, you decay... but, God's truth reveals that the dead can be raised again and restored to life. (Luke 7:11-16; John 11:17-44; Matthew 28:1-10)
- Historical truth says time marches steadily on... but, God's truth reveals that time can be stopped, restarted, (Joshua 10:12-14) and even turned backward (2 Kings 20:8-11) at the request of man... AND, that God sees through the ages to reveal both the past and the future.
- Judicial truth says the strong and powerful rule the weak and powerless... but, God's truth reveals that His own power and might will deliver His people from bondage regardless of the strength and might of any nation.
- Social truth says that you must conform to the social majority in order to succeed... but, God's truth reveals that as long as you're on God's side, you're ALWAYS on the side of success.
- Cultural truth says that advances in technology prevent ancient dead cultures from returning and thriving... but, God's truth reveals that His chosen people will be brought back together and the Nation of Israel will live and thrive once again. (Ezekiel 39:25; Amos 9:14)
- Religious truth says ANY god can benefit you... but, God's truth reveals that your mute, deaf, lifeless idols cannot save you.
- AND... GOD'S TRUTH REVEALS: the virgin can give birth, the blind can see, the deaf can hear, wise men can follow a new star to be led to a savior, a shout can bring down the walls of a mighty fortress, and fire can fall from heaven to consume an offering at the request of a single faithful servant... ALL defying the laws of nature and the wisdom of man. AND, God's truth reveals that ALL OF CREATION was spoken into existence in just six days (Exodus 20:11) by an infinite God who is greater than any knowledge or understanding of created man.
Christian, you MUST understand that God is NOT BOUND by the laws of this world. God is the Creator of ALL nature and He is the Author of all natural law. He is not subject to nor bound by ANY of His creative work. That's why we use the terms Supernatural and Sovereign when we talk about the work of God.
So... Where is Truth to be found? . . . Answer: Turn to God and trust that the Spirit of Truth will guide you into all truth. Because God defies natural law and He trumps the "wisdom" of any "truth" that man can discover or conjure up.
It is by FAITH that you are saved... not by Understanding!