The truth about truth

“This is the absolute truth,” someone says, “there is no absolute truth.”

By the way, look at the above statement and see if you can discern the in-built contradiction.

It is well to acknowledge the fact that truth is a very rare commodity in our day or any day. Watch the news on television and observe how very different the world looks to an outlet that is liberal or conservative. Observe a couple who have recently broken up: If you listen to her account of events and his, you might wonder if they were talking about the same thing.

Sin, too, blurs our view of things. It’s hard to acknowledge our mistakes, to confess our sins. Some wit has said that the three hardest words to pronounce in the English language are “I was wrong.”

But just because we have different perspectives does not mean that there is not an objective truth out there!

“You shall know the truth,” Jesus declared, “and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). To hear the truth spoken is very rare. But you can count on it when God says it, it is true. Again Jesus says, “sanctify them through the truth, your word is truth” (John 17:17).

“Hell,” Os Guiness declares correctly,” is the truth, known too late.”

In religion, you can hear a plethora of statements about salvation being made. On the radio and television, social media and inside church buildings this Sunday, you will hear all manner of ideas, many of which are not true.

Please note this: The Bible never divides, it clarifies; our vision is blurred only when human ideas are added to the mixture. Dear reader, please find the truth before it is too late!

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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