What is Truth? And why is it especially important to Christians?
That’s the question asked in the latest episode of “Choices”—part of the Eastern Diocese’s Bread & Salt video series.
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What is Truth?
This timeworn question of life has been debated within civilized society going back to the time of the Greek philosophers Aristotle, Plato, and their contemporaries.
When did we start dancing around our essential beliefs or need of the truth?
When did it become “not ok” to say what was really going on?
These are urgent personal questions for each of us that needs to be answered. How much of the truth should we tell? The whole truth? A partial truth? The preferred truth?
Let’s put aside the debates and discussions of the philosopher, the squabbles, clashes of the news media, and the public relations firms.
As Christians we should realize that our only source in understanding Truth is Our Lord, Jesus Christ, when he said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (14.6)
As Christians we have the obligation of being truthful, always, and in all circumstances. For if we accept the premise that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, then, opposing the way of Christ brings us to uncertainty, disorder, chaos and confusion. When opposing the Truth of Christ we consume lies, deceit, and betrayal. And when we resist life in Christ, we find only death.
The greatest truth shown to us by Christ is that God is Love, and that the only true way of living is by following Christ who is, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
When we go to our inner self to seek pure truth without any prejudicial external influences, we find that life has no meaning unless it is married to truth, that we are not to be enslaved or entangled in this world with its materialism, its lusts, its lies.
The resurrection of the crucified Lord, the only Son of God, should be the central truth of our life, the one truth: Christ is Risen from the Dead!
This is the truth proclaimed by the Apostles and it is the truth and the reality of the people of God that is to be lived each day of our lives.
Perhaps for a day, perhaps for two, you can choose to speak only the truth to others and most importantly, to yourself. Imagine what would result in such actions. Imagine!
And as always, remember, ultimately, the choice is yours.