Thursday, February 9, 2012
The Whole Truth, and Nothing but . . .
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
"And, what is truth? Is truth unchanging law? We both have truths. Are mine the same as yours?" ~Pontius Pilate - Jesus Christ, Superstar
The word "truth" in the English language is much like the word "love". Both can be used and misconstrued in a variety of ways.
"For God so loved the world" is a distant cry from "I love chocolate".
And, "Tell the truth" is not the same as "I am the way, the truth, and the life".
What rings true for one person may not hold true for another. We need not go far to see this. Just flip to the op-ed page in any paper or watch the talking heads debating issues on the television. Different opinions. Different truths?
What is considered truth in one generation may be questioned by the next. Laws which segregate blacks from whites in the south exist unquestioned for years. Accepted as truth. Until the civil rights movement raises the awareness of another truth: All men are created equal.
Do you wish, like I do, that we could have different words to clearly represent what type of truth we are referring to?
I find it ironic that the English language with its over 600,000 words, more than any other language in the world, delegates to single words so many varied and, at times, confusing meanings.
Jesus promises us that if we hold on to and believe in His teachings, we will know THE truth. HIS truth.
We will love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength.
We will love our neighbor as ourselves.
His truth is the only one which can set us free from the lies, masquerading as truth, which deceive us. The partial stories. Personal opinions. Unjust laws. Faulty traditions.
And, that's the truth. The whole truth.
Nothing but the truth.
So, help me God . . .
How has the truth, revealed in Christ Jesus, set you free?
Will you pray with me?
Do not let us be deluded, Father, by the so-called truths this world would have us believe. Help us to look beyond them to the truth of Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. The only truth which can set us free. Amen.
Psalms (83), 146, 147 or 85, 86
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