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WHAT IS TRUTH

by Pastor Victor Rosado

JOHN 18:37-38 THEREFORE PILATE SAID TO HIM “SO YOU ARE A KING”? YOU SAY CORRECTLY THAT I AM A KING. FOR THIS REASON I HAVE BEEN BORN, AND FOR THIS I HAVE COME INTO THE WORLD, TO TESTIFY (OR TO BEAR WITNESS) TO THE TRUTH. EVERYONE WHO IS OF THE TRUTH HEARS MY VOICE. PILATE SAID TO HIM, WHAT IS TRUTH? (WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HEARD HIS VOICE?  ‘IN REVELATION SEVEN TIMES THE LORD SPEAKS TO THE CHURCHES AND TELLS THEM “HE, WHO HAS AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAYS TO THE CHURCHES”. THE HOLY SPIRIT STILL SPEAKS TO THE CHURCHES, ARE WE LISTENING?

A STUDY OF THE NATURE OF THRUTH IN THEOLOGY, PHILOSOPHY, HISTORY, LITERATURE, MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE, AND LOGIC COULD NOT ARRIVED AT A VALID DEFINITION FOR THE WORD TRUTH.

ST. AUGUSTINE, AN EARLY CHURCH THEOLOGIAN, RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TRANSLATION OF THE WORD OF GOD, STATED THAT A DEFINITION OF THRUTH COULD ONLY AND SOLELY BE BASED ON MATHEMATICS.

SCIENCE POSITION IS THAT “SCIENCE IS THE ONLY SOURSE OF OBJECTIVE TRUTH. YET SCIENCE IS UNABLE TO PROVIDE THRUTH IN THE AREAS OF MORALS, ETHICS AND RELIGION.

LOGIC, STATES THAT ALL TALK ABOUT GOD IS NONSENCE. TO MOST OF THEM ABSOLUTE TRUTH IS OFFENSIVE, IN MATTERS OF FAITH AND RELIGION BECAUSE IT EXCLUDES  PEOPLE, RATHER THAN BEING INCLUSIVE.

PHILOSOPHY OF RELATIVISM SAYS THAT ALL TRUTH IS RELATIVE AND THAT THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ABSOLUTE TRUTH.

AGNOSTICS SAY YOU CAN NOT KNOW THE TRUTH. POST MODERNISM SIMPLY AFFIRMS NO PARTICULAR TRUTH.

WHAT IS TRUTH? GREEK WORD FOR TRUTH IS (ALETHIA) UN-HIDE, HIDING NOTHING, IT CONVEYS THE THOUGHT THAT TRUTH IS WITH NOTHING BEING HIDDEN OR OBSCURED.

HEBREW WORD IS (EMETH) =TO HAVE FIRMNESS, CONSTANCY AND DURATION. IT IMPLIES AN EVERLASTING SUBSTANCE AND SOMETHING THAT CAN BE RELIED UPON.

BIBLICAL REFERENCES: TRUTH=CONSTANT FIDELITY, SPIRITUAL REALITY, SINCERITY IN ACTION,  A LIVING REALITY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,  RIGHTEOUS  ACTING IN ACCORD WITH DIVINE LAW, FREE FROM GUILT OR SIN WHICH IS THE CAUSE OF THRUTH BEING MANIFESTED IN A PERSON.

ABSOLUTE TRUTH DOES EXIST, IS UNCHANGEABLE, WHAT IS TRUTH TODAY ALWAYS HAS BEEN AND ALWAYS WILL BE TRUTH.

IF TRUTH IS ETERNAL, THEN IT MUST BE SPIRITUAL, SO IT MUST HAVE A LIFE, A HEART AND A MIND OF ITS OWN, OR ELSE IT WOULD NOT EXIST. TRUTH IS NOT A FUNCTION OR MATTER, NOT A FUNCTION OF TIME OR SPACE. THRUTH IS SUPERIOR TO THE HUMAN MIND, IS NOT SUBJECTIVE OR INDIVIDUALISTIC. TRUTH IS IMMUTABLE, THE HUMAN MIND IS CHANGEABLE, AND TRUTH RESIDES HIGHER THAN HUMANITY.

TRUTH (VERITY) =THE ETERNAL EXISTANCE OF GOD. SO TRUTH IS GOD AND GOD IS TRUTH. FOR CHRISTIANS, TRUTH IS KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING OF GOD, BEING INDWELT BY GOD IN A PERSONAL WAY. (IS TRUTH GUIDING YOUR LIFE ?) IS IT ?

JOHN 17:17 SANCTIFY THEM IN THE TRUTH; THY WORD IS TRUTH. TRUTH REFERES TO THE TRIUNE GOD AND HIS WORD. WE ARE TO BE CONSECRATED IN TRUTH.  IT IS NOT TO BE USE IN VALIDATING A STATEMENT THAT WE OR SOMEONE HAS MADE. IT IS NOT ETHICAL TRUTH OR JUDICIAL TRUTH. SOMETHING CAN BE TRUE BUT NOT TRUTH.

“AT PRESENT I AM HERE IN PERSON THAT IS TRUE BUT IS NOT TRUTH. TOMORROW NOT HERE

IT IS POSSIBLE FOR HUMANS TO THINK THEY KNOW TRUTH (GOD) SOLELY THROUGH THEIR OWN EFFORTS OR ABILITIES. BUT WE MUST DEPEND UPON GOD TO REVEAL IT (HIMSELF) TO US.  UNLESS WE ARE DEEPLY ROOTED IN HUMILITY, OBEDIENCE AND SUBMISSION, THE WISDOM, THE KNOWLEDGE, AND UNDERSTANDING THAT IS IN THE WORD OF GOD WILL NOT LEAD US UNTO ABSOLUTE TRUTH. WE MUST LEARN TO EMBRACE TRUTH OR WE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO TOTALLY SURRENDER OUR LIVES TO HIM OR BEGIN TO DIE TO SELF (OUR GREATEST ENEMY). YOU MUST UNDERSTAND THAT SELF WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD, FOR SELF IS A DESTRUCTIVE FORCE THAT LIVES ONLY TO CONTROL PEOPLE LIVES.

JOHN 4:24 GOD IS A SPRIT AND THOSE WHO WORSHIP HIM MUST WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH. FOR THE FATHER IS SEEKING SUCH TO WORSHIP HIM. WE AS A PEOPLE OF GOD SHOULD WORSHIP WITH PASSION AND PURPOSE ALLOWING THE LOVE OF GOD TO FLOW OUT OF OUR HEARTS (IN TRUTH AND SPIRIT) TOUCHING THE HEART OF THE FATHER IN JESUS NAME,  GIVING HIS PRESENCE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PERMIATE AMONG HIS PEOPLE.

PSALM 51:6 BEHOLD YOU DESIRE THRUTH IN THE INWARD (BEING) OR PARTS. THEREFORE TEACH ME WISDOM IN MY SECRET HEART.    TRUTH, RESIDING,  DEEP WITHIN OUR BEING, CONSUMING US AS IT TAKES ITS PLACE AND ROOT IN THE TEMPLE OF OUR HEART. 

 2 TIMOTHY 2:15 BE DILIGENT TO PRESENT YOURSELF APPROVED TO GOD AS A WORKMAN WHO DOES NOT NEED TO BE ASHAMED, HANDLING ACCURATELY THE WORD OF TRUTH. ALWAYS TEACHING WHAT THE WORD OF TRUTH STATES, AND NOT PERSONAL DOCTRINES. IT IS POSSIBLE FOR ONE TO BE OF THE TRUTH, (CHRISTIAN) WHILE NOT REFLECTING THE TRUTH. TRUTH IS NOT LEGALISTIC, IS NOT A HAMMER, UNMERCIFUL, A RITUAL OR SOMETHING TO WALK AWAY FROM.

JOHN 14:6 JESUS SAID TO HIM, “I AM THE WAY AND THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE; NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER BUT THROUGH ME. (VERITY THE ETERNAL EXISTANCE OF GOD) TRUTH HAS ETERNAL LIFE, IS MORE THAN A WORD.

JOHN 8:31-32  JESUS THEN SAID TO THE JEWS WHO HAD BELIEVED IN HIM (IF YOU ABIDE IN MY WORD), YOU ARE MY DISCIPLE INDEED, AND YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH (VERITY) AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE. ONCE YOU HAVE COME TO FULLY ABIDE AND EMBRACE TRUTH, SELF OUR GREATEST ENEMY WILL NO LONGER HOLD US CAPTIVES TO OUR PRIDE, FOR THEN TRUTH WILL BECOME THE VICTOR IN YOUR LIVES.

MATT. 6:33 BUT SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED UNTO YOU. THE ENTIRE KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS IS ALL INBEDDED IN THRUTH. BUT MANY OF US HAVE NO TIME TO REALLY SEEK AND SEEK AND SEEK TILL WE HAVE TRULLY COME TO THE REALISATION OF WHO JESUS TRULLY IS. HE IS THE TRUTH (VERITY) THE ETERNAL EXISTANCE OF GOD. OUR FIRST PRIORITY IS TO SEEK MORE OF HIM. ONE CAN BECOME A GREAT INTELECTUAL THEOLOGIAN WITHOUT INTIMACY OR EXPERIENCING THE EFFECT OF HIS PASSION FOR US AS IS MANIFESTED IN ABSOLUTE TRUTH.

JOHN 16:13-14 BUT WHEN HE, THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH COMES, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH, FOR HE WILL NOT SPEAK ON HIS OWN INITIATIVE BUT WHATEVER HE HEARS, HE WILL SPEAK AND HE WILL DISCLOSE TO YOU WHAT IS TO COME. HE WILL GLORIFY ME, FOR HE WILL TAKE WHAT IS MINE AND DECLARE IT TO YOU.

THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES INTO OUR LIVES TO SPEAK TO US, TO TEACH US, TO, GIVE US ILLUMINATION IN OUR INNER MOST BEING SO THAT WE MIGHT EMBRACE ABSOULTE TRUTH IN OUR INWARD PARTS, TO GIVE US GUIDANCE AND HELP US CULTIVATE A LOVING, INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS, THAT WE MIGHT KNOW THE HEART OF TRUTH. SETTING US FREE FROM SLEF TO SERVE THE LIVING GOD.

EUSEBIUS, THE HISTORIAN AND BISHOP OF CAESAREA, RECORDS THE FACT THAT PONTIOUS PILATE ULTIMATELY COMMITTED SUICIDE SOMETIME DURING THE REIGN OF THE EMPEROR CALIGUA.  PILATE NEVER UNDERSTOOD THRUTH AND YET TRUTH WAS IN FRONT OF HIM AND THRUTH SPOKE TO HIM. HAVE YOU TAKEN THE TIME TO UNDERSTAND JESUS, ABSOLUTE TRUTH?

IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND AND EMBRACE THE CONCEPT OF ABSOLUTE TRUTH IN ALL AREAS OF OUR LIVES. FOR BEING WRONG (ACCEPTING ERRONIOUS DOCTRINES) OR ASSUMING WE ARE RIGHT WITH GOD ANDTHAT OUR MINISTRY IS GLORIFYING GOD WHEN IS TRULLY GLORIFYING SELF COULD RESULT IN PAINFUL CONSEQUENCES.

MALACHI 1:6 A SON HONORS HIS FATHER AND A SERVANT HIS MASTER. IF THEN I AM A FATHER, WHERE IS MY HONOR? AND IF I AM A MASTER, WHERE IS MY REVERENCE? SAYS THE LORD OF HOST TO YOU, (TO ALL OF US) (NO TRUTH) MANY USE HIS NAME TO CARRY OUT THEIR OWN PERSONAL AGENDAS AND ENRICH THEMSELVES WITH DOLLARS, RUPEES, AND FILLS FROM THE POOR AND DESTITUTE. IT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE EVEN HERE IN BAHRAIN, THEY HAVE NO CONCEPT OF ABSOLUTE TRUTH TO THEM IS ALL ABOUT SQUEEZING, EVERY PENNEY OR FILL THEY CAN GET. jESUS PROVIDES A WARNING!!

MATT. 7:21-23 NOT EVERY ONE WHO SAYS TO ME, ‘LORD, LORD’ SHALL ENTER THE KINGDOM   OF HEAVEN, (NO TRUTH) BUT HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER IN HEAVEN (ABSOLUTE TRUTH). ON THAT DAY MANY WILL SAY TO ME, ‘LORD, LORD’ DID WE NOT PROPHESY IN YOUR NAME, AND CAST OUT DEMONS IN YOUR NAME, AND DO MANY MIGHTY WORKS IN YOUR NAME? AND THEN WILL I DECLARE TO THEM, ‘I NEVER KNEW YOU;(NO TRUTH) DEPART FROM ME,(NO TRUTH) YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS (NO TRUTH) (WORK OF INIQUETIES OR EVILDOERS.) THEY RECEIVED ALLTHE HONOR, ALL THE GLORY USING HIS NAME AND WORD, TO ELEVATE THEMSELVES WHILE ENLARGING THEIR MINISTRY AND BANK ACCOUNTS DECEIVING THEMSELVES.

THERE ARE MANY TYPES OF TEACHERS, PREACHERS. SOME ARE INTELECTUALS THEY TEACH THE WORD WITHOUT THE SPIRIT OF THE WORD WHICH PROVIDES RAW KNOWLEDGE, SWELLING THE INTELLECT, BUT DOES NOT FLOW OR TAKE ROOT IN THE HEARTOF THE HEARER. THE OTHER ONES TEACH THE WHOLE WORD THAT SPEAKS TO THE MIND AND HEART, IMPARTING ABSOLUTE TRUTH WHERE IT GERMINATES AND TAKES ROOT AND BRINGS FORTH, CONVICTION, HEALING, HOPE, STRENGHT, SPIRITUAL MATURITY,DELIVERANCE, INTIMACY AND LIFE.  GLORIFYING AND HONORING THE LORD. HANDLING ACCURATELY THE WORD OF TRUTH.

ASSUMPTIONS ARE AN OPEN DOOR TO FAILURES AND FATAL SPIRITUAL CONSEQUENCES, THERE IS A VERY FINE LINE BETWEEN TRUTH AND ERROR. PRIDE AND SELF WILL DECEIVE ONE AND NOT ALLOW ABSOLUTE TRUTH, JESUS TO BECOME LORD OF OUR LIVES. IMAGINE SELF DECEIVING SELF, UTTERING EMPTY WORDS AND PERFORMING DEAD WORKS IN HIS NAME.  NO CONCEPT OF ABSOLUTE TRUTH.

 ABIDING IN HIS WORD AND INTIMACY WITH HIM WILL GUARD YOUR HEART, SOUL AND MIND WHERE YOUR WORDS, THOUGHTS  AND WORKS WILL HONOR AND GLORIFY HIS NAME.

OUR BODIES ARE THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND AS SUCH WE ARE TO HONOR AND GLORYFY THE LORD JESUS, IN EVERYTHING WE SAY, THINK AND DO.

OH, HE DESIRES TO REFLECT HIS LIFE IN YOU. HE WANTS TO MINISTER THROUGH YOU TO TOUCH AND HEAL A NEEDED SOUL, (PLEASE LET HIM.)

 HE WANTS TO SPEAK THROUGH YOU, AS YOU PRAY FOR SOMEONE HE WANTS TO RELEASE HIS LOVE, MERCY COMPASSION AND GOODNESS THROUGH YOU (PLEASE GIVE HIM THAT OPPORTUNITY)

 HE NEEDS PEOPLE TO SEE HIM AND FEEL HIS TOUCH THROUGH YOU

 IF YOU REALLY KNOW THE TRUTH, (VERITY) THE TRUTH HAS SET YOU FREE, SO GIVE HIM THE FREEDOM HE DESERVES TO TRASNFORM YOUR LIVES INTO A REFLECTION OF WHO HE REALLY, IS LORD OF LORDS, KING OF KINGS OUR MIGHTY GOD, LIVING IN YOU AND ME.  AND THAT MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IS “ABSOLUTE TRUTH”.

 

By Pastor Victor Rosado