The Truth About Truth
In Thursday’s blog, we talked about the reasons for truth decay in America, and how it affects your life. The question, as we go into today’s blog is not, "How can we change society?" but "How can we live a life of values in a world that can't even decide what's right and wrong?"
Psalm 11:3 The foundations of law and order have collapsed. What can the righteous do?”
What do I do?
THE CURE IS TO REBUILD THE FOUNDATION
The cure is rebuild the foundation -- of your life, of your business, of your family. That means start at the beginning with God. Why? Because God is truth. What makes something wrong? Not because we say it's wrong, but because it's anti-God. It opposes His character.
God is honest. So when we're dishonest, it's wrong. God is faithful. So when we're unfaithful, it's wrong. God is just. So when we're not fair, it's wrong. When we are different from the character of the creator who made us, it's wrong. When we're like the character of the creator who made us, it's right.
That's how you decide what truth is.
Proverbs 2:6-9 For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. 8 He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. 9 Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.
We can’t really teach values without God.
"Morality without God is impossible." Abraham Lincoln said that.
And, "A moral government without God is impossible." George Washington said that.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
If God says it, it's absolutely true, whether I understand it, whether I agree with it, whether I like it or not, it's true because it came from God. How do I know when something is truth and when it's just an opinion? Two characteristics:
- Truth is universal. If it is true, it applies to everyone, everywhere around the world in every culture. If it does not apply to everyone everywhere, it's not truth, it's an opinion.
- Truth is unchanging. It's always the same. It doesn't change. It isn't impressed by fads or fashion. For instance, if adultery was wrong 4000 years ago, it was also wrong 2000 years ago, it is wrong today and it will be wrong 2000 years from today, no matter what anybody else says.
Facts change but truth doesn't.
For instance, 45 years ago, science used to tell us the smallest particle of life is the atom. The fact is since then we've discovered five-six layers beneath that. So that is not true. It was a fact, but it wasn't true.
So, what's the benefit of building my life on absolute, universal unchanging truth?
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
If I build it on unchanging truth, I won't stumble so much. I won't make so many mistakes.
Proverbs 16:20 Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful.