Re-reading this intro of a longer article, I’m working on, I’m quite amazed that I can sound so dispassionate and even-toned about a subject of which I have so much passion. That subject is truth vs. lies.
Truth is the aim of belief; falsity is a fault. People need the Truth in the world in order to thrive. Truth is a necessity for abundant life.
The ancient Greek philosophers are first in Western culture to wrestle with identifying and seeking to define “truth.” They struggled in this endeavor. Having not known God, the grace of God gave them: 1. understanding that truth existed, and 2. The desire to search, identify, and know truth.
“Philosopher.” The title in its original usage means ‘a seeker of truth.’
Some of the early church fathers, 2nd century, were influenced by certain Greek philosophers, as they endeavored to bring about the central truth of Christian thought and the meaning of Christ’s teaching, as explained by the Apostles.
It took four hundred years of study, deep reflection, prayer, discussions, formal meetings in councils, and debates within the talks, before an official consensus and definitive doctrine and theology was formed in its final beginning.
In those four hundred years, the Christian faith came under aspersions cast from within and without. Forming defense became critical through the search of irrefutable truth concerning the identity of Jesus Christ and the Christian’s identity in Him.
It remains necessary to defend Christ’s Truth against attack to this very day. Many attacks have been repetitious over the ages and answered by way of defense many times over by using the same sword of truth each time. The fact of Almighty God in Christ remains standing to this day even while coming under the most vicious attack since Christ walked in the flesh among His own.
Therefore one avenue to define “Truth,” we can say that it should be life-transforming and able to withstand even the most critical of arguments against it.
- It should remain standing firm and unchanged in its inner meaning and identity.
- It should bear up to investigative reasoning.
- It should be provable by experience in implementation.
- Using it should give the ability to clarify and identify lies.
The best brief definition of the Bible I have found says: “It is the inspired, inerrant, authoritative Word of God. Therefore the only Christian rule and standard for faith and practice.”
In other words, it is inerrant Truth given by the Provider and Determiner of all truth. Being such, it is the rule and standard by which we can surely and reasonably measure all truth. We call this Divine Illumination or ‘revealed truth.’ It is absolute truth revealed to us by the Divine, Almighty God. The opposite of this we call ‘Lies,’ of which are authored by the father of lies, Satan. For as Jesus states when addressing certain Pharisees in the gospel of John 8:44:
“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” Jn. 8:44
Be careful out there.
Genuine truth and counterfeit disguised in the world as it is today can appear very similar. In the world as it always has been, that has not changed.
The Way. The Truth. The Life. The I AM. These are constants that can be depended on to remain unchanging and True throughout life and through every generation. But what do they mean? That will be discussed in a continuation of this article to come.
A good read pertaining to this subject at prompt:
For further informational examination:
Below are some examples of “truth” as defined by Encyclopaedia Britanica, and Lexicographers at Oxford Dictionaries at this time in the 21st century. I must say they are not very satisfying definitions for the seriously inquisitive mind. We will look further into this in a later follow-up article. ~g.w
In metaphysics and the philosophy of language, the property of sentences, assertions, beliefs, thoughts, or propositions that are said, in ordinary discourse, to agree with the facts or to state what is the case.
Truth is the aim of belief; falsity is a fault. People need the truth about the world in order to thrive. Truth is important. Believing what is not true is apt to spoil a person’s plans and may even cost him his life. Telling what is not true may result in legal and social penalties. Conversely, a dedicated pursuit of truth characterizes the good scientist, the good historian, and the good detective. So what is truth, that it should have such gravity and such a central place in people’s lives?
The classic suggestion comes from Aristotle (384–322 BCE): “To say of what is that it is, or of what is not that it is not, is true.” In other words, the world provides “what is” or “what is not,” and the true saying or thought corresponds to the fact so provided. This idea appeals to common sense and is the germ of what is called the correspondence theory of truth. As it stands, however, it is little more than a platitude and far less than a theory. Indeed, it may amount to merely a wordy paraphrase, whereby, instead of saying “that’s true” of some assertion, one says “that corresponds with the facts.” Only if the notions of fact and correspondence can be further developed will it be possible to understand truth in these terms.
From Encyclopaedia Britanica:
Here samples as defined by lexicographers at Oxford Dictionaries:
- 1The quality or state of being true.
‘he had to accept the truth of her accusation’
More example sentences
- also the truth That which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.
‘tell me the truth’
‘she found out the truth about him’
- Really; in fact.
‘in truth, she was more than a little unhappy’