|Lou Ann Keiser in El Escorial, Spain|
I asked for it and Lou Ann Keiser responded. I asked Readers to share their thoughts upon reading the reflection entitled "We Don't Know What We Don't Know", which posted October 27th.
Two Absolutes in a World of Relativity
“Find your own truth.”
“It’s neither black nor white.”
“I think . . . .”
“You can’t really know.”
“Everyone has to figure out what’s right for him.”
“Different people see things in different ways.”
Is there really an absolute standard, or is that passé? Is there unchangeable truth? And is it possible to know it?
We could go on and on about how wishy-washy the world has become. Years ago, people had clear ideas about right and wrong and standards of conduct. Today, people make up their own truth. But, how can we be confident that our conscience and gut feelings will lead us rightly?
What is truth anyway? According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it is “the real facts about something: the things that are true.”
It’s fascinating to think about truth as it’s presented in the Bible. First of all, the Bible claims to be true. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth (John 17:17).
Jesus—God in flesh—said, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6). So, Jesus is truth.
God the Father is true. Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints (Revelation 15:3b). In fact, the Bible says that He can’t lie: God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began (from Titus 1:2).
The Holy Spirit is truth. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me (John 15:26).
The Bible is truth, and God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is truth. Here, we have two absolutes. The Bible is the best guide for judging whether things are right and wrong and for judging our own actions. Do we line up with the standards taught in God’s Word? (Do we even know what they are?)
I have a challenge for you: read the Gospel of John. There are 21 chapters. If you were to read only one chapter each day, you'd complete it in three weeks. The Gospel of John is all about Jesus, and many of its verses are His own Words. Look for:
How does Jesus describe Himself?
How can you tell Jesus is God?
How did Jesus treat others?
How can a person be born again (Chapter 3)?
How did people respond to Jesus?
Why did Jesus die?
What happened after Jesus’ death?
Why is the resurrection so important to Christian faith?
How many people saw Jesus after He rose from the dead?
What is Jesus doing today?
I believe that those who read the book of John with an open heart and an open mind, will find Truth. I offer this challenge.
Thank you Rose for trusting me enough to allow me the opportunity to share this.