WHAT IS TRUTH?
Can we know the truth by reading or listening to the words of another person? Can the truth be found in a book or on the Internet? Can we just believe and hope it's true? Can we just blindly follow because of a feeling? Can we just guess or assume it's true?
The problem today is that science is the "truth of the times" and beliefs cannot be measured with scientific instruments. And, as we read in 2 Corinthians 4:4,6, "Satan has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the knowledge of the glorious gospel of God should shine unto their minds."
It's a Catch-22; you have to believe, but believing won't reveal the truth. Many times in the New Testament we read Jesus telling us that just because you believe, you will not be saved. He says, "The people do honour me with their lips, they call me Lord, Lord, but do not the things I say to DO." - Hypocrites. (Mtt 15:8, Lk 6:46) And then James tells us in 2:19, "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe."
Truth can only be known through personal, direct, first-hand experience: by applying the truth to one's self, making changes, and becoming born again. Personal experience - there is no other way.
Truth is a one-on-one personal experience with revelation from God. It is the same experience for each seeker, not the same content, as each person is unique, but the same experience for every sincere and honest seeker, without partiality or hypocrisy.
Do you think the words of Jesus mesmerized or brainwashed the disciples? Do you think they martyred themselves because of the miracles they saw, or because Jesus rose from the dead? Except for John, who spent most of his life in prison, they all died horrible deaths.
If you study the four gospels, you will see that near the end there were only 120 disciples. All those sermons to tens of thousands, all the traveling and talk, all the healings and miracles, all those witnesses, and there were only 120 disciples? Could that be why Jesus said, "FEW there be who find the way?
If you study the four gospels you will see that even the Apostles did not understand Jesus' teachings; reading John 14:26, "The Father will send you the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, who shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
As a matter of record, the Apostles didn't even understand the Hebrew Scriptures until after Jesus rose from the dead and "opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures." (Lk 24:45)
Now we come to an interesting revelation, were Jesus said, "except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood ... for my flesh is meat, and my blood is drink." (Jn 6:53-58) "And from that time, many of his disciples went back and walked no more with him." (Jn 6:66)
They left Jesus and followed him no more because they thought he was bringing back an ancient ritual of the Jewish faith - human sacrifice and cannibalism. You see, they did not understand.
And then Jesus turned to the 12 Apostles and asked, "Will ye also go away?" to which Peter answered, "To whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal Life."
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.]
Unrighteous men have turned the truth of God into a lie. He that saith, "I know Jesus, and keepeth not his commandments is a liar, and the Spirit of Truth is not in him." (Rm 1:18,25)
Those who are of God know the Spirit of Truth, and can discern it from the spirit of error. Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God or the devil. (1Jn2:4, 4:6, 4:1)
The Father's word is truth. The Spirit of Truth proceeds from the Father and guides us unto all truth. It is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
God is in us of a truth. The Spirit of Truth dwells in us. The Word of Truth, the gospel of our salvation, is within. God is within, seek him diligently. Seek God within and let his knowledge be revealed into your mind with understanding. Purify your mind by applying the teachings of Jesus and receive the truth through revelation from the Spirit.
It is truth, the Word of God, which effectually works in them who believe. When you receive the Word of God, as it is truth, it effectually works to convert you. God is in you of a truth, waiting for you to turn from your riotous living and seek his wisdom. He that is of God, receives God's revelations.
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in Deed and in Truth; in hope of eternal Life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before this world began. Truth is after Godliness. (1Jn 3:18, 2Pet 2:20, Titus 1:1)
Jesus says, "It is the Spirit that quickeneth, the words I speak unto you, they are Spirit and they lead to eternal Life. I came to bear witness unto the Truth, and every one that is of the Truth heareth my voice. If any man will do God's Will, he shall know the doctrine of the Truth, that it be of God."
The Spirit beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: for God commands the light to shine out of darkness, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, the Word of Truth, the gospel of our salvation. The Father raiseth up the dead of this world and quickeneth them. You shall know the Spirit of Truth, and the Spirit of Truth shall make you free.
God our saviour, who will have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the Truth, sent Jesus into this evil world to bear witness unto the Truth, and every one who is of the Truth hears his voice.
neither came I of myself,
but He sent me."
- Jn 8:42
Jesus came into this world to reveal the way of redemption to us sinners; the way back home. If we say we are not sinners, we deceive ourselves, for if we are not sinners, why are we not in Heaven?
even as I am not of this world.
Sanctify them through thy truth:
thy Word is truth."
The knowledge of Truth came by Jesus. Before him all that ever came were thieves and robbers. The only alternative to the Truth is to believe in myths, fables and lies. (Jn 3:21, 2Tim 4:4, Titus 1:14)
then ye are my disciples indeed;
and ye shall know the Truth,
and the Truth shall set you free."
Many read, study, talk, preach, write, debate and quote scripture . . . "ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the Truth."
Peace Be unto you All