What do you believe? What do you believe about life, yourself, the ones you love, God. Yes, God. How can one have a blog with the word Truth in it and exclude a discussion of God?
The simple answer is that it is impossible. Don’t ask for, or insist on, proofs for why I believe this way. The fact is there are none I know of. That’s the beauty of a discussion like this. Proofs require no conversation, no logic to deduce results. They are plain on the face of things, most often. They require no faith. Evidence, on the other hand, requires interpretation, discussion, research, constant questioning and an effort to arrive at conclusions. For me, the journey is the reward. My journey will lead to deeper faith. Where will your journey lead?
What I do know is that with lots of dedicated study, there is a huge body of evidence upon which to base a discussion. But this is blog post one and we won’t be doing that now, so take a breather and keep reading.
There are many things that are interesting to me in this world that I would like to share with you and would like you, likewise to share with me. I promise that at no time will I ever use any language that is deliberately offensive, no matter how controversial the ideas we discuss are or how much I may disagree with them. If you ask a question in your responses, I will answer them considerately, thoughtfully, and will take your feelings under consideration at all times. I humbly request you do the same. With that said, let our journey begin!
What is Truth for a Lie? It is a search for truth and a reaffirmation of absolutes in a world of relativism, deception, amorality and outright immorality. I believe in absolutes in the universe and accept that there are absolutes that lead my family and I to a joyful, prosperous, peaceful place. I would like as many people as possible to adopt this worldview.
About 1,930 years ago a Jewish man named Saul made it his business to convince the world he knew of his absolutes. If anyone believed in anything other than the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Saul believed that such people required reeducation, imprisonment, beatings or other physical abuse, or execution. This is not a history lesson! Just background for what is to come. Stay tuned to see the point of this mini-bio!
Saul was the well-educated student of one of the great theologians and philosophers of the time, Gamaliel, and utterly convinced of his own rightness. Saul was not only respected by his peers but feared by those who disagreed with his views and/or his methods of persuading others to recant their heresies. Intelligence, egotism, and self-righteousness have so often bred such great harm, haven’t they? As history has taught us, never has behavior like this resulted in the revelation of any meaningful, permanent truth. This was Saul. This is much of the world today, don’t you think? Shortly after the stoning execution of Stephen, a young man connected with the new religion based on the teaching and personal example of another young man named Jesus, Saul-whose name literally means “asked for or wished for” (or loaned, perhaps)-came to an epiphany.
This epiphany came in the form of being struck blind by a bright, white light while engaged in his daily routine. In his own words, he related that a voice emanated from the blinding light and said “Saul, Saul why do you persecute me?” Well, for someone like Saul, so grounded in his reality and intellect, I think it would have taken something like sudden blindness to get his attention, don’t you? Well, it certainly did. Logically, Saul asked who it was and the reply came “It is I, Jesus, whom you are persecuting”. Saul then was taken to a place of Jesus’ instruction and his sight was restored. This changed everything in Saul’s worldview. Jesus changed his name to Paul which means “small, or humble”. This is perfect, since this would be Paul’s new demeanor, and exemplify all of his behaviors in life from that point on.
OK!, OK! No more history, I promise! Names mean things, though and are selected for a reason. Biblical names even more so. Paul struggled with his egotism and intellect until his own execution at the hands of a Roman soldier several decades later. When the apostles walked with Jesus, they were told they would be led to “places they did not want to go”. All except John, who stood at the cross while Jesus suffered slow execution by crucifixion, met their deaths violently, firmly convinced of the absolute truth of the love of God embodied in His son, Jesus Christ.
This is my absolute, too.
What’s yours? Let the conversation begin!