February 22

What is Truth? (Part 1)

Love cannot exist without absolute truth. No doubt love is the highest ethic, but love has no place of validation without truth. To illustrate this I want to begin with a short exchange within a conversation once told:

Ravi Zacharias, Christian apologist who speaks around the world, was asked which is more important love or truth, and he responded truth. The questioner quickly disagreed to state that love is the most important to which Ravi responded, “Is that true?”

This little conversation illustrates that love and truth go together, but without truth, there can be no understanding of love or anything else in the world.

We see in our world today, and particularly in our society:

  • an erosion of values,
  • confusion of identity,
  • the extinction of logic and reasoning, 
  • the collapse of moral frameworks
  • delusional ideologies
  • political demagoguery (when a politician or political groups appeal to popular desires and prejudices rather than using rational argument) I’ve seen this in both Republicans & Democrats

These issues exist because we as a people, society, country and world have lost our appetite for truth. Feelings have become the barometer in which we measure values, and critical thinking has become an enemy to many and only a past time for a few. Today, we are quick to believe lies but slow to investigate truth, and gossip is a multi-million dollar business from magazines to news reports. Why is this the case? Because we have left no room for God in our society, our homes, and ultimately our hearts.

Charles Spurgeon

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth. (John 17:17)

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