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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Truth Wednesday - What is Truth? submitted by Anne Morgan from "The Truth Project"


Truth Wednesday - What is Truth? submitted by Anne Morgan from "The Truth Project"


In 1828 the Webster’s dictionary defined truth this way:
  TRUTH, n.
1. Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be.
The truth of history constitutes its whole value. We rely on the truth of the scriptural prophecies. “My mouth shall speak truth. Prov.8.; “Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth. John. 17. “

      2. True state of facts or things. The duty of a court of justice is to discover the truth.     “Witnesses are sworn to declare the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”

3. Conformity of words to thoughts, which is called moral truth. “Shall truth fail to keep her word?”

4. Veracity; purity from falsehood; practice of speaking truth; habitual disposition to speak truth; as when we say, a man is a man of truth.
5. Correct opinion.

6. Fidelity; constancy. “The thoughts of past pleasure and truth.“

7. Honesty; virtue. “It must appear that malice bears down truth.”

8. Exactness; conformity to rule. “Plows, to go true, depend much on the truth of the iron work.”

9. Real fact of just principle; real state of things. “There are innumerable truths with which we are not acquainted.”

10. Sincerity. “God is a spirit, and they that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth. John 4.”

11. The truth of God, is his veracity and faithfulness or his revealed will. “I have walked in thy truth. http://www.facebook.com/l/864e5;Ps.26.”

12. Jesus Christ is called the truth. John 14.

13. It is sometimes used by way of concession. “She said, truth, Lord; yet the dogs eat of the crumbs-- Matt
15.”;”That is, it is a truth; what you have said, I admit to be true.” “In truth, in reality; in fact.”
Of a truth, in reality; certainly.
To do truth, is to practice what God commands. John 3
If you were to look up “truth” in Webster’s dictionary today, this is what you would find:
Truth
1. Noun
1. A fact that has been verified; "at last he knew the truth"; "the truth is he didn't want to do it".

2. Conformity to reality or actuality; "they debated the truth of the proposition"; "the situation brought home to us the blunt truth of the military threat"; "he was famous for the truth of his portraits"; "he turned to religion in his search for eternal verities".

3. A true statement; "he told the truth"; "he thought of answering with the truth but he knew they wouldn't believe it".

4. The quality of nearness to the truth or the true value; "he was beginning to doubt the accuracy of his compass"; "the lawyer questioned the truth of my account".

5. United States abolitionist and feminist who was freed from slavery and became a leading advocate of the abolition of slavery and for the rights of women (1797-1883).

The definition of truth has dramatically changed since the 1800's.  I’m sure you noticed that in today’s definition, scripture is not used as the exemplification.  In less then 200 years, God is no longer the Absolute Authority from whom we derive our truth.  No longer is His Word the bedrock of truth.  The only consistent definition between 1828 and now is “conformity to fact or reality.”
What has happened?  What changed?  The change that took place has happened to all of us to some degree.
 It’s “Common Insanity.”
Common Insanity occurs when we believe the lie is real.
In Isaiah 44 God reminds the people who they are and, even more important, who He is, and what He has done for them.  But then He talks about those who are building idols.  They go out into the woods (that God created), cut down a tree, use it’s wood to heat their homes, bake their bread, and then fashion an idol out of it and worship it.  They are WORSHIPING something THEY created.  This is insanity.  How can something WE create with our own hands be worth worshiping?  Yet they did it.  And we do it.

Before we condemn the Israelites too much, let’s look at our own insanity.
Have you worked to pay for a big screen TV, or internet access, or cable?  And then spent all your time in front of it, rather than in God’s Word?
Has the “Big Game” been more important then church?

Have you repeatedly worked on Sundays?

Have you allowed your children to schedule events on Sunday that kept them from church and Sunday School?

If you’ve ever done any of these things, then you’ve experienced Common Insanity.  You’ve allowed a lie to be real.  What’s the lie, you ask?  That God isn’t serious about the first and second commandments.  That IS at the heart of it.

Maybe none of these things are true in your life.  Let’s look a little deeper.
Have you ever felt that God has good things planned for other people but not you? (Jer. 29:11)

Have you ever felt that you, somehow, are in control and worry about...your spouse...your children...your life...your death? (Matt. 6:27)

Have you ever felt that you have to perform in order for God to love you more? (Eph. 2:8-9)

If you’re honest, you’ll admit to at least one of these, if not more.  And there are other, many other lies we choose to believe. We ALL suffer from Common Insanity.
Each time we believe a lie, no matter how small, Satan has achieved his goal - to chip away at the foundation of our Truth.

Isaiah 11:2 says that ALL wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge and the fear of the LORD, come from God.  There are more than 200 verses that speak of God as the Ultimate Source of Truth.   Do you believe He is?  To what degree?
This week’s challenge - Ask yourself “Do I really believe what I believe is really real?”  Is God Truth?  If so, live like you believe that.  Let us know how you do.
Last week’s challenge should have opened your eyes to the truth that “We are people of unclean lips.”   I personally encountered so many lies of Satan they are too numerous to list.  I’m sure you each saw the same.
Next week “Philosophical Truth”

3 ***COMMENT HERE***:

Tonya said...

OH MY GOODNESS! This is so good. And so "piercing" for me. What awesome points to humble the heart and teach us some errors.

Shelby said...

I know God is truth, and I'm glad he is, because God tells the truth all the time when we're feeling bad about ourselves or whatever.

Bobby said...

With so much error in the world today I too am glad for a final authority that will consistantly give out truths regardless of public opinion, political advantage or pressure for popularity.

Sanctify them through thy truth, thy word is truth. John 17:17

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