The Truth is the Truth is the Truth (Part One)
I’ve often heard the expression, “The truth is the truth is the truth,” by those attempting to make a strong indisputable point. But what is truth? “Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.’ ‘What is truth?’ retorted Pilate” (John 18:37-38).
It’s a good question. “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life’” (John 14:6). Jesus Christ is the living Word, and the Bible is the written Word. Don’t allow someone to merely tell you what the Bible says. Read it for yourself; be a student of the Word. You can personally hear from God as you take the time to seek Him. Draw your own conclusion and form your own opinion.
This directive is true for anything in life that we want to better understand. Are we so naïve and lazy that we easily believe everything we’re told without the slightest investigation? If we really want to know the truth about anything, we should take the time to read and thoroughly search out the matter.
We know and believe that the Word of God is true (Rev. 19:9) and has withstood the test of time. A quick look into church history will reveal numerous occasions where attempts were made to extinguish the Bible and squelch Christianity. Yet, the Bible has survived, and Christianity is alive and well around the globe today. In fact, persecution has only served to expand and grow the Church. The Truth cannot and will not be destroyed. It is eternal. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Matt. 24:35). Praise God for the Rock on which we stand!
Have you noticed that our American history is under attack today? Just because someone does not like or agree with what happened two hundred years ago does not make it untrue. A statue can be defaced and ripped from its base, but that act will never nullify the history for which it stands. A textbook can be rewritten and the words God and Bible deleted from its pages, but the truth remains. I am thankful for my American and Christian heritage.
I reread “Mom, God’s Got This” recently, the first time since its second publication in 2017, and I discovered an amazing thing. The truth in its pages is still the same! One can say it isn’t true. One can even rewrite it. Again, history and truth never change. Even though I wrote, “Mom, God’s Got This” in deep pain and sadness, nevertheless, the facts remain the same. Much of the Bible and American history was also written during highly emotional times. We can’t change the past, but we can change going forward.
“But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses” (Matt. 18:16). See also 2 Cor. 13:1 and 1 Tim. 5:19.
(There’s more to come! This is part one of my truth trilogy blog. Stay with me. You may be surprised!)