Oh To Ponder

Verdad. Vérité. Wahrheit. 真相. Truth.

July 1, 2015

It doesn’t really matter what you call it or in what language you say it.  Truth is truth.

…but what is truth?

Truth: the real facts about something : the things that are true… Yep, that’s helpful.  (Can you hear the sarcasm?)

Something I say to myself a lot is, “Just because you think it, doesn’t make it true.”  And ain’t that the truth?  But so often times we (yes we…ALL of us) forget that.  Instead, we think “Because I think it, it must be so.”  That’s a little pompous of us.

I started thinking about said thought again with all the hoopla about Friday’s Supreme Court decision.  Two sides.  Both think they’re right.  Both cannot be right.  But both can be wrong…interesting thought…  (And no, I am not writing about the decision that was made.  Simply sharing what provoked my mind to such thoughts.)

That’s how it is with a lot of things.  Multiple viewpoints.  All sides completely convinced that their way of thinking is the correct way of thinking.  And in America, “what’s right for you” might simply “not be right for me.”  Correct.  Right.  What about truth?  Truth doesn’t sway to popular opinion.  It cannot be coerced into capitulation.  It can’t even be forced into recanting its truth by threat at gunpoint.  The reality is, truth is out there.  Truth is real.  And you and I do not get to decide what it is.

Two weeks ago I started a different post.  I did not finish it.  I very much liked it, and I do plan on finishing it.  I can tell you, though, that it is so wholly not about what this entry is about.  It continued in the light of my other posts, giving account to my journey of writing and hoping to direct hearts to God.

I do not profess to be a scholar…of any sort.  I don’t even have a college degree!  But I do love to ponder (hence “Oh To Ponder”).   In my ponderings I was reminded that the thing that I believe to be truth is a debated thing.  It may be safe to say that it is THE debated thing.

As I shared in my first post, I’m writing to share how God is moving in my life.  In my second post I wrote that “He is the I Am”.   So before I write another thing, I thought I’d clarify (in case anyone was wondering) what I believe is truth.

John 14:6 says, “Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.’

There.  I believe that.  I believe there is one Truth in this world, and that is God.  I believe in the holy trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  I believe the Bible when it says in John 3:16, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”  I believe Jesus was crucified, taking on himself the sins of the world (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24; Isaiah 53:5).  I believe He was resurrected, conquering death and offering salvation to all (John 11:25; John 6:40; 1 Corinthians 16:4; Romans 8:11).

You may be thinking, “Yeah, but you’re just quoting scripture.”  Well…yes.  I believe the Bible is Truth.  Living and breathing.

Would you like to know what else I believe to be true?  God is love. (1 John 4:8).

I’m writing…goodness, I hoping I’m living to proclaim God’s glory, and to tell you that He loves you.  God’s Word – the Bible – is an amazing love letter.  From the opening pages of creation to the last book of Revelation declaring “Yes, I am coming soon”, it declares His love…and it declares that He is!

“‘I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,’ says the Lord God. ‘I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.'” (Revelation 1:8)

There is truth, and my belief in it is not what makes it so.  I have to share that truth.  Why?  Because “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  (Galatians 2:20)  That Truth is the core of who I am.

God is.  God was.  God always will be.  Who is like our God?

 

 

1 Comment

  • Reply Beth Morse July 9, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Janna, I love this! Who else is like our God? No on, or… NOTHING (material possessions) can compare even slightly to our God. He was, is, and will ever be! I love your post and your honest thoughts in writing on Truth. God has a strong view on marriage, and although the world will “see” other views as “truth”, I love how you stand for THE TRUTH. 🙂

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