Saying goodbye to 2014, are we willing to let go of the past and welcome the new year with open arms and a discovery of truth? I think we are. It human nature to fear letting go of what we know. Our comfort zone prohibits us from branching out and experiencing the newness that the next twelve months will bring. It’s comfortable to close the door on change believing that the unknown can bring about change. We are inherently afraid of what we do not know and understand. This lack of understanding will stunt our creativity and destroy the fabric of society.
So, ignorance breeds a disregard for truth and the discovery of it. A few of the consequences of ignoring the truth are confusion, reckless behavior and undesired consequences. Ignorance is a disease that metastasizes within the body of a mankind, lying dormant until empty headed fools react foolishly to a lie or a misdirected witness. Without the plumb line of truth our nation will implode.
Truth is not simply what is believed. A lie believed is still a lie. Truth isn’t simply the absence of lies but it is much more. Truth is the gold standard of life on earth. The human heart unwilling to submit to the truth will never know the truth.
The Greek word for “truth” is aletheia, which literally means to “un-hide” or “hiding nothing.” It conveys the thought that truth is always there, always open and available for all to see, with nothing being hidden or obscured. The Hebrew word for “truth” is emeth, which means “firmness,” “constancy” and “duration.” Such a definition implies an everlasting substance and something that can be relied upon.
A Roman governor by the name of Pontius Pilate, chose to ask a profound question of a man who was about to be executed, just about 2000 years ago, “What is truth?” he asked. Pilate was talking to the Truth. He was talking to God in the flesh — the One through whom the worlds were created. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the truth and the Life…”
“You will know the truth and the truth will set you free,” Jesus had proclaimed. But the truth was not setting Pilate free that day, because he didn’t honestly want to know it. So there in his governor’s palace, while history held its breath, with Truth standing right in front of him, Pilate still had to ask, perhaps flippantly or perhaps sadly, “What is truth?”
According to CBN.com, most people ponder that question at some time in their lives, especially at critical points when they are struggling with the question of the meaning of life. After all, the need for meaning is a basic human need, and there can be no meaning without some ultimate truth.
We seem to know instinctively that ultimate truth is somehow related to the existence of God. In fact, it is interesting that those who deny the existence of God are the same ones who say there is no absolute truth and that everything is relative. But something deep within us says this is not so — something tells us that God exists and that He holds the key to truth.
However, that raises another question. If there is a God, a creator, as evidenced by creation, how do we know who He is? As Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias puts it, “The fact is, the truth matters – especially when you’re on the receiving end of a lie.” And nowhere is this more important than in the area of faith and religion. Eternity is too important a decision to be wrong.
“Out with the old and in with the new”, is great, if you are actually determined to replace the old. It will take commitment, dedication and diligence to discontinue old habits to replace with new. We also need to face the truth and admit that time waits for no man. Your metamorphosis will begin immediately following your decision to change.
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