Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Many (wrong) Truths

There was a point in my Christian life when I spent some time with a highly respected and highly intellectual cardiac surgeon. His family was used by God to help mine get a permanent visa in the U.S. and they were such a blessing to me when I first came to America when they had me, and another "US-newbie" couple, stay with them for about a week.

I remember one time when I and my couple Christian friends sat down together with him after dinner. Many topics came and went in our conversation that night but one somehow stuck to me that made me regret not being able to give an answer at that time as what 1 Peter 3:15 says. The good doctor wasn't a born-again Christian and he presented to us an argument that left us with less than the best answer for him for that moment. This was his argument...
How can you say that there is only one Truth about God when others' experience with Him is just presented in many different ways but directed towards the same person? It's just like having a glowing light bulb in a dark room in the middle of a remote village whereby each villager has never seen a light bulb before. One by one, the villagers were asked to get inside the room and "experience" the glowing light bulb. The first man who went inside knelt on the ground as he marveled at the warm, glowing light radiating from that bulb. When asked what he thinks about the light bulb after coming out he answered, "That was a star," and he went away feeling happy that he can now relive his experience with "the star" over and over again. 

The next individual that went into the room was a woman and the moment she saw the glowing light bulb hanging in the middle of the room she immediately leaped with joy and danced around.  When she came out of the room and was asked about her experience, the woman quickly answered, "It is my joy to tell you that now I have experienced the sun!"

Many others went in and out of the room and experienced the light bulb in their own manner. After the last villager came out, he exclaimed that what he had experienced was “a piece of the moon.” All of those who described their experience gave a different name to it but all of their truth was directed to one same object – the light bulb in the middle of that dark room.
How then can we say that there’s only ONE truth that prevails when the different experiences were true for each individual villager? Therefore, there really is no “wrong” way of worshipping God and the rest of the world’s religion should be embraced because the bottom line of it all is the experience and worship of the same God.

A Facebook app once said, " ...there are many truths, and they all point to one source - God," and there's no point spending energy arguing whose truth is "righter". It is just what Logical Pluralism claims - that different accounts of validity can be equally correct.
I will not "argue" with you today but will pray that the Word of God in Scripture will be the one to present to you the REAL TRUTH about Himself. I pray that as you read along, you will not take this as MY own personal argument but that it is the TRUTH as presented by Scripture. My only stand is to share biblical principles to you as what Paul wrote in Romans 10:11-14...
"For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" (KJV)
The only question you need to consider at this point in time is whether you take the Word of God (The Bible/Scripture) an ultimate authority in life, or not.
The author of life is indeed God Himself, and Scripture is clear with its accounts in Genesis 1 as to how God created everything. We must understand, though, that God has personally introduced Himself to us as the ONLY God and has warned us in His Word about "other gods".
"Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else." (Deuteronomy 4:39)
"Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any." (Isaiah 44:8)
"I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me..." (Isaiah 45:5)
"See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand." (Deuteronomy 32:39)
For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?" (2 Samuel 22:32, ESV)
"There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither [is there] any rock like our God." (1 Saumel 2:2)
When we saturate ourselves in God's Word, He reveals Himself to us. Knowing now that God HIMSELF, the One True God of Scripture, the author of life, has spoken these things above, let us reconsider then our way of thinking when we claim that "accepting other truths is another way of loving God".
"To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?" (Isaiah 40:18)
"I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.Thou shalt have none other gods before me. Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them... (Deuteronomy 5:6-9)

"But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him." (1 Corinthians 8:6)
If "other truths" are acceptable to God, He will no longer command his disciples this:
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" (Matthew 28:19)
The word "teach" here came from the Greek word μαθητεύω, mathéteuó, which means to train, disciple, instruct. Teaching, is to cause to KNOW SOMETHING; to cause to know HOW; to impart the knowledge; to provide instruction.
This is why Jesus, Himself, commissioned His disciples to GO and TEACH ALL NATIONS, and not just some nations but ALL nations, because this is the ONLY TRUTH that stands before the throne of the ONE TRUE GOD of heaven and earth.

If I were to see the good surgeon again today I would have sat down with him and share to him what I have been wanting to share all these years since he presented his argument. I would have told him that there might be differing opinions and experiences about the light bulb and each individual may have addressed it in many different ways, BUT only ONE TRUTH prevails. That glowing item in the middle of the room is a light bulb, not a star, a sun or a moon. The MAKER of the light bulb can CLAIM this truth because HE KNOWS it is that according to his purpose. That is the same with us today. 

Every man and woman may believe one thing and another, but the ONLY Truth that will stand is the one that the Father in heaven, the only ONE TRUE God, has presented to His creation. This is the Truth of His Word that was in the beginning and the Word being with GOD, and the Word being GOD. It is the truth that this Word became flesh and dwelt among us. And it is what Jesus Christ is for us...

The only Way and the TRUTH and Life. (John 14:6)
There is one true logic, and it takes the correct account of truth-preservation and the correct account of validity. There will only be ONE TRUTH and not many truths.

In the end, it will all boil down to your taking SERIOUSLY the Word of GOD, JESUS CHRIST.

With much love for you always! Be blessed...

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