What Is Truth?

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In today’s society it is becoming more and more difficult to know who is really telling the truth and who can we trust.  This has been so evident during this season of political elections.  You can watch political ads for two candidates running for the same office, and they communicate almost opposite facts.  Which one is right?

The U. S. Supreme Court didn’t help when its decision in 2010 Citizens United helped corporations and unions to influence elections anonymously.  Super PAC’s can give secret cash making it harder to discern truth from fiction.

Recently 1,000 Americans were interviewed in a poll about the trust level of people serving as judges.  Would you believe that Judge Judy, a TV judge, received a higher trust level than any other jurists including the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court!

We have learned so much about all the things that the NSA has done.  Recently Russia’s secret service ordered dozens of electric typewriters because recent revelations about our National Security Agency’s online surveillance program made them doubt the trustworthiness of computer communications.  Are we going back to typewriters?  Going back to truth would be more important than going back to typewriters!

This past year at the G-20 summit the Russians handed out gift bags to world leaders.  It has been discovered that the gift bags contained bugged memory sticks and power cables.  This is the real battle of the spy vs. spy.  Russian said that U.S. was trying to “divert attention” form its own spying.

Recently the al Qaida branch in Iraq and Syria set up a complaints department for “anyone who might have a complaint against any element of the Islamic state.”  They did this because they said they were promising “accountability.”  Do you trust that?

It is easy to get caught up in a culture that doesn’t place a high priority on truth and trust.  I have decided to spend more time going back to the one who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”  His truth does not carry with it fiction or a spin.

He also said that we can trust Him.  He doesn’t promise us the absence of tough times and hard knocks, but He does promise us His presence and power to overcome them.  He doesn’t promise us prosperity in financial terms – but He does promise us more of His grace and forgiveness than we can ever receive.  He doesn’t always answer our prayers the way we want them answered, but He does answer every prayer with His divine will with our best interest in mind.  There is a contemporary song that says. “When you can’t trace God’s hand, you can trust His heart.”

The greatest question mark of all is death.  People are saying weird things about what happens at death. The real truth is that only Jesus has conquered death and come back to life.  He is telling the truth when He says, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me even though he die shall live.”

We might make some mistakes trusting the wrong advertisements, or politicians, or well-meaning friends – but we cannot afford to make a mistake on trusting the One who said, “I have come that you might have life and have it abundantly.”  Our trust in Him is for this life and for eternity.

That’s the truth.


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