I have the privilege to share each week with the new students at Barbara’s Place, which just opened February 16th. The topic of my class is, “The Power of Truth.”
Recently, we discussed Truth. What is truth? Is there absolute truth?
Our theme verse was, “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89
Why is it important to know if there is absolute truth? If there is not, then recovery or even spiritual growth is based on one’s own interpretation or opinion. That is a scary idea. If there is no absolute truth, everyone decides their own reality. This is a very popular notion. “In 2002, 91 percent of our born again church kids said there is no absolute truth.” That was 13 years ago. Those teens that were 13, 15 and 18 back then, are 26, 28 and 31 now. Those 91% are now adults. That is an extremely high number of born-again adults that do not believe there is absolute truth.
We each must wrestle with this reality.
Here are two definitions:
Truth – the real facts about something, the state of being the case; fact; the body of real things, events and facts; a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality; the body of true statements or propositions.
True – being in accordance with the actual state of affairs; conformable to an essential reality; being that which is the case rather than what is manifest or assumed.
If there is absolute truth, that truth pre-exists our belief. Our believing doesn’t make it true. It is true whether we believe it or not. It is truth external to us. That body of truth – absolute truth — exists in the essence and being of the triune God. Before there was Genesis 1:1 there was truth. That truth has not changed with the seasons or the generations.
Why is this a big deal? Because if we do not have a plumb line, a standard of truth, we will subtly drift from the truth over the generations, over our lifetime and end up missing the mark and not even realizing it.
I know this requires deep thought. Come on sister – we can dabble in these profound thoughts about God for just a few moments.
Check back with us tomorrow for another thought (brain stretcher) about absolute truth.
Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick. In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events. She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John for 30 years. She has 2 adult children, 4 grandchildren, 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 11 in all. She delights in reading and teaching, but mostly in laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.