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Truth

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The following was submitted by a visitor to our web site who would prefer to remain anonymous. It appears to be a reaction to our web site's essay on absolute truth, which discusses the concept of truth, in spirituality, religion, morality, and some other areas of human endeavor.

In our essay, we concluded:

bulletPeople all over the world hold many different foundational beliefs.
bulletThey build systems of religious beliefs and morality upon these foundations, which they consider to be "truth."
bulletJust as their foundational beliefs are different, so too are their conclusions about truth.
bulletThe result is 19 groups of religions, on the order of 270 religions, and tens of thousands of faith groups who teach very different beliefs as truth.

The author of the following essay, promotes a different concept: that absolute truth exists and can be known by those who are capable of being taught.

Truth:

The meaning of this word is ambiguous in today's world. Everyone claims to have it, but few understand one important thing about it. There is only one truth, not man's but God's (John 4:23,24). God's son Jesus came to this earth to set matters right. God's then, chosen people (Isaiah 43:10-12) -- the Israelites -- had gotten off course so many times do to their insatiable need to worship false god's that Jehovah, the true God of the Israelites had the City of Jerusalem destroyed twice and his people taken into exile and many lost their lives due to their idolatry --once in 607 BCE and again in 70 CE.  Jesus had to come to the earth not only to die as a ransom sacrifice for our sins and redeem us from the destructive course Adam and Eve put us on, but also to teach mankind what the truth was:

bulletThe truth about his Father.
bulletThe truth about the religious leaders of his day and of ours.
bulletThe truth about one very important fact: We must worship God the way he wants to be worshipped, not the way we want to worship him.

It is absolutely futile to worship God the way you want to if it's not the way He wants to be worshipped. And there can only be one way, the way he had his son Jesus teach the apostles and the many Christian congregations of their day.

So, who's got the truth? Jesus gave an illustration about the wheat and the weeds (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43). He knew that apostasy would creep into the congregations and into the truths he left here for us. But now in our time the truth has become known to those rightly disposed of heart. There have been many books written. Some so that doctors can only understand them, or for scientists, or maybe engineers. But the Bible was written for a completely different type of person. Those with the right heart condition. If you are not meek -- which means "teachable" in Greek -- you will never understand the truth, God will never let you understand (John 6:44). (Proverbs 2:1-6) Speaks about the effort we must make to understand the truth.

Ask yourself these Questions and see what you come up with.

  1. At Matthew 6:9 is the model prayer given to us by Jesus. The very first thing he says is Let your Name be sanctified. What's God's Name? It's not Jesus or he would have been praying to himself. (Psalms 83:18)
  2. (1John 5:19) says that the "world is lying in the power of the wicked one", Satan. And (Revelation 12:9) that Satan is misleading the entire earth. So, the true religion can't have anything to do with this worlds affairs. (James 1:27) (1John 2:15-17) (John 18:36)
  3. (John 13:34,35) Jesus tells us how his people would be identified. (Matthew 5:43-48) Jesus tells us that we should not even hate our enemies. (Roman 12:17) tells us to "return evil for evil to no one," (1John 3:10-12,18, 4:8,20,21, 5:3)
  4. (Matthew 24:14)(Romans 10:13-15) preaching work.
  5. (1Corinthians 1:10)(Ephesians 4:4-6) unity a must.

These are just some of the things that God expects from us. Does your religion meet these criteria?

Received: 2002-NOV-9
Latest update: 2004-APR-13

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