Truth

What is truth? Can one’s belief affect the truth? Is the truth really out there? All this talk of truth and falsehood, right and wrong, seems medieval to many people today. A philosophical position called deconstructionism says that all claims about truth are really masks for those who just wants power. Deconstrutionsim has a point: Many claims about truth are motivated by power. In fact, people have been known to twist the words of the Bible in order to justify their cruelty toward other people.

Take, for instance, your car’s gas tank. A statement about your tank might be, “My gas tank contains gas”. Truth would be the fitting relationship between the statement and the actual contents of your tank. This is not tyourself atement as a belief: “I belief my gas tank contains gas”. Your belief will not affect the contents of your tank or the ability of your car to start.

The truth about whether your tank is empty, however, would. If your belief corresponds to the actual contents of your tank, then your belief is true. Moreover, the truth about your tank can be known. Try to start the car. Dismantle the car and check. The truth or falsehood about your tank’s contents is simple enough for a child to understand.

Some true beliefs are hard or currently impossible to verify. An example is, “Those who trust in Christ will be raised from death at the end of this age”. However, the ability to verify it does not determine whether a statement is true.

“Things might be true but not currently provable”

Truth

You believe many things not because you have personally verified them, but based on authority. Perhaps you are not a particle physicist, but you believe that all matter is composed of invisible particles called electrons, protons, and so on. That’s fine. Reliable authority is a good source of true beliefs. However, because authority is fallible, it is possible to have authority without truth.

Sometimes authorities lie, they lie so well that it sound like the truth. Your experiences with authorities who lie may have led you to mistrust all authorities who make claims about truth. However, the dishonesty of some authorities does not mean it is foolish to believe anything on authority. Understand that the Bible presents ultimate truth, not as a set of propositions but as a Person.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life”. (John 14:6)

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”. (John 8: 12)

According to the Bible, ultimate Truth and Reality is alive, personal, and eager to be known by you. The idea that anybody has the authority to declare truth to you may feel scary. But He who is True is also committed to your good. He is no selfish dictator. And while many things are true or false, right or wrong, whether you like it or not, many other things are up to your personal preference.

So, if you’re feeling queasy about the idea of “truth” and “right”, suspend judgement for a while. Start reading the Bible, look for the reasons why the author believes God is the standard of truth, about reality, right and wrong. Find the truth for yourself today!

Blessings and Love 💞💕

Whitney Edna Ibe is the Executive Consultant, Life Coach, and Writer/ Editor at Whitney Ibe Consult (Blog), Flyhiee.com, The Social Talk, and Penprofile.com. She is in charge of consultations, services, and implementation. Whitney is a full-time Inspirational Blogger and Writer making a living from this new and active medium. I'm also an author and speaker. She started Whitney Ibe blog in 2016 after she stumbled on a blog post by the blogger; shattered in him. She fell in love with blogging immediately. She explored issues of religion, relationship, culture, society, spirituality, politics, and music. She is doing what she loves to do, which is writing and inspiring people to become better versions of themselves. Her goal is to add value to your world than you ever dreamed possible by providing you with life-changing, inspiring, motivating articles, blog posts, poetry, and short stories. As a life coach, consultant, Edna is focused on an individual's personal development and happiness. She is skilled at providing structured questions to help coordinate an individual's thoughts and has excellent reasoning skills for helping clients set tangible goals. She is incredibly helpful and not prudent with her knowledge. She knows what she’s doing and loves helping others to achieve their goals as well. Many of the top bloggers on WordPress and on various websites have learned from her writing style and it has helped them to get their blogs to where they are now. Her website is full of great material to help you follow in her footsteps. She has helped so many bloggers and I can’t praise her enough.  You will learn so much from her.  She has one of those sites that you can easily get lost in reading all of her amazing posts. She loves dessert especially chocolate mixed with whipped cream and strawberries. She enjoys long walks on the beach.

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