Let’s begin with a disclaimer:
My random writings such as this are to serve as an open letter, but more so toward myself, as I learn best about myself and about this world i live in as i write and process through it. I also want to put it here so that if anyone is interested, they can read it.
Truth, is an interesting term, the definitions of it includes: (Oxford Dictionary)
1. a fact or belief that is accepted as true
2. that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality
I have always believed in that there are observable, absolute truths; but i’ve come to realize that in reality, no truth is purely objective. Truth shared or observed are always by and from the observer’s subjective.
No truth can exist in a vacuum by itself. And truth is not true unless it does not change.
In this thought, how can we ever determine what is truly… true?
Your morality, my morality; your belief, my belief; your opinion, my opinion;
There are always examples and evidences that we can site, no matter what position we stand on whatever issue we stand on. Even if we cannot find an evidence/example, who can fault us? It would be irresponsible and judgmental to say my subjectivity is better than yours, simply because I said so.
We all have clouded views on what is true, we cannot see it clearly.
And we cannot define truth, if truth are to be unchanging, but we and our ideas keep changing, how can we say what is true?
So now I’ve also came to a conclusion on how we can unify the 2 opposing thoughts:
1. truth should be absolute for it to be considered “true”
2. but no one can ever share/understand that clearly, because we always approach it with our subjectivity.
The answer is, really, simple:
Truth can be Absolute because you can take on the subjectivity of the Being who is capable of pure objectivity, God.
God states that He does not change, always the same yesterday, today and forever.
Roman 3:3 – His faithfulness will never cease, nor can it be nullified
James 1:17 – There is no shadow of turning within God
Now the question still remains on how we can take on God’s subjectivity if our own subjectivity is so flawed and clouded?
To God, when you approach a new idea, or a new challenge comes up to what idea you hold already, lay down your pride, allow God to speak, approach it with the humility that you may be wrong.
Phil 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
With God, and with fellow believers.
Isiah 1:18a. “Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord
Read what God says on the matter at hand, read what other fellow Christians say, but more importantly, take God at His word.
Even if you dont completely agree.
Isaiah 55: 8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
There are still a few more comments to be made about God’s Word
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God
2 Tim 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness
One preacher summarized well, in saying that both the Word (Jesus) and the word (scripture) are
“God’s gracious self disclosure.” ~Kevin DeYoung
And our response should be one of gratitude, and not of sceptism and “hey God, maybe you are wrong here.” Or ideas such as, “I cant believe that, it is against my worldview!”
Truth is in Jesus as He proclaimed that He is the way the truth and the life, and through Him alone can we come to the Father.
Couple more quick comments about the ‘obey‘ part.
John MacArthur, in Ashamed of the Gospel, warns us of a degenerating Gospel that the church of the North America is preaching. He suggests that truth, really, is a take-it-or-leave-it kind of thing. The Gospel
“… is disturbing, revolting, upsetting, confrontive, convicting, and offensive to human pride. There’s no way to “market” that.”
When we try to “market” the gospel by downplaying part of the doctrine (such as hell, or human depravity), we are entering into a
“frantic attempt to make the gospel into the kind of product most buyers wanted”.
The true truth is in
“Whenever the Holy Spirit is genuinely drawing someone to salvation, that person’s heart cries out for deliverance from Sin! The gospel call is not an invitation to join the fun and end emotional pain.”
It is not about making the gospel more appealing, but rather, it is about living with faith in truth so that God can use you in His work.
Francis Chan echoes John MacArthur’s heart in Erasing Hell. He suggests that there are definitely parts of the bible he does not want to believe, but he believes anyways out of obedience. (more specifically, about people going to eternal hell) If I were able to confine God’s will to between my 2 ears… then He is not God, I am God. You cant put God in a box. If we are only to pick and choose which part of the bible to believe in… On whose authority are we doing that? On whose authority can we say, “yep, this part of God’s word is fictional/just stories,” and which parts can we say, “that’s literal, i should probably follow that.”? How can we decide?
(watch Francis Chan on this topic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KDpZdWQvAY)
There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell . No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.’ ~C.S. Lewis
So please, please choose to say to God, everyday and in every circumstance, “Thy will be done.”
Wash my eyes to see your majesty