Tuesday, August 10, 2010

All Truth is God's Truth - Live Oak Value #7

It is hard sometimes to know what is the truth. The media spins the truth to suit their political point of view. We, as individuals, finesse the truth at times to protect our own self interests. It is a very natural part of the sinful human condition to bend the truth to present ourselves in the best possible light - it has been happening since the apple incident in the Garden of Eden.

However deceptive we might be, our God, the one who created everything, is a God of Truth. There is nothing in him or of him that is deceiving or a lie. Because of this, we can trust him and know that the things in this world that are truthful, are of God.

We can trust in the truth that God loves us. When deciphering the big "T" truths in this world, this is a good litmus test.
Does God, out of his love for us, want us to be hateful and dismissive of the world or the people who live on it?
Does God, out of his love for us, want us to step on the backs of others to get what we desire?
Does God, out of his love for us, want us to give ourselves up to addictions, abuse, or any other harmful act perpetrated upon us by ourselves or others?
Does God, out of his love for us, want us to respect ourselves and others as children of his creation?

God is a God of Truth. Therefore anything in this world that is true is true because of him. God has revealed himself through creation and through his word - the Bible. Even if the truth comes from an unlikely source, if it is really Truth, it is of God. We know when we hear truth, just as we know when we hear falsehood, even if we deny it. Our job is to hear and accept truth, even when it is difficult, as well as to tell the truth, when a lie would be easier.


"But you have an annointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth." - 1 John 2: 20-21