Truth or Consequences

by Paul Goddard
truthconseq.jpg“All truth is God’s truth, wherever it be found.” — Arthur F. Holmes
Located between the Rio Grande river on the south and Interstate 25 on the north is the popular tourist destination of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Originally known as Hot Springs, New Mexico, this city changed its name in 1950, when popular radio game host, Ralph Edwards announced, “I wish that some town in the United States liked and respected our show so much that it would change its name to Truth or Consequences.”
Upon hearing this proposal, the Chamber of Commerce of Hot Springs campaigned for a name change. In a special election, the city changed its name to Truth or Consequences. Moreover, when Ralph Edwards heard the news, he traveled to broadcast his show live from Truth of Consequences, New Mexico.
He explained that he got the idea for his “Truth or Consequences” from a parlor board game called “Forfeits.” However, his show was a combination of trivia with silly stunts. The contestants were asked senseless questions, and when they were unable to give the true or correct answer, they would face the consequences. Usually the consequences were funny, but many times they were emotional, for several of the contestants were reunited with long-lost friends or family members.
Edward’s game show, was just that, a game show. Once it was over, the contestant went home with no lasting consequences. Yet, life is more than just a game. In today’s world of no absolutes, modern philosophies have dismissed the concept of truth and feel that there will be no consequences after death.
If there is one concept that separates Christians from the rest of the World, it is this concept of truth. What is truth? When the Roman Procurator of Judea, Pontius Pilate, sentenced Jesus to death by crucifixion, he asked this question (John 18:33-38). If we take a close look at Jesus’ life through the eyes of John the son of Zebedee, we can find the answer (John 14:6).
Truth is absolute and unchanging. It is what God says is true, and it bestows freedom to the believer (John 8:32). If someone proclaims that truth does not exist, we must ask if this assertion is true or false? If it is true, then truth exists. If it false, then truth exist. Christian, are you up for the task?
“Thou art the Truth, Thy Word alone.
True wisdom can impart.
Thou only canst instruct the mind,
And purify the heart.” — George W. Doane

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