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What is Truth, Part Two

The term post-truth has no consistent, official definition.  It is defined differently, if at all, by various social groups.  The definitions are subjective and self serving.  The term post-truth does affirm that truth exists, but that people are choosing to follow lies instead of the truth, which isn’t really rational.  What is left is a conglomeration of conflicting unfounded statements.  And, since post truth has no uniform, rational world view, there is nothing for you to grasp onto, no workable plan to follow.  It’s like the ’60s song “Nowhere Man” who “Doesn’t have a point of view, knows not where he’s going to.  Isn’t he a bit like you, and me?”  And, if you reject the truth your only alternative is to follow lies.  So, post-truthers cannot be believed or trusted.  There is no one or nothing for you to depend on.

This mess of fake news and weaponized lies is highly useful to the entertainment industry, and particularly so to the marketers of Internet games that champion suicide, deviant sexual practices and other violence like murder.  Girls as young as nine are playing interactive Internet sex games with no responsible alternatives offered.  None of these games or many others would be marketed by companies that accept accountability and responsibility for the consequences of the effects of their games on players.  Further, the flurry of politicians being dragged out of the closet for illegal and immoral acts points to the fallacy of the post-truth world view.  The governor of Missouri said his infidelity to his wife was a personal act that should have no bearing on his political standing.  But if he’s running around behind his wife’s back doing deeds he knows are immoral and damaging to his family, how could the citizens of Missouri trust him to govern their lives?  Secretive unethical, immoral and illegal behavior is the reason politicians advocate post-truth behavior.  Living by the truth means being responsible and accountable to your family, friends, those who depend on you, and most importantly it means being responsible and accountable to yourself.  It means owning the consequences of your actions or inactions.

The lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community has jumped on the post-truth bandwagon along with abortionists and other deviant groups.  In order to gain social acceptance, legal standing and political support they mimic the civil rights movement. To accomplish their aims they attempt to invert the definition of deviancy.  They claim social normalcy while painting Christians as narrow-minded, intolerant bigots while they themselves are intolerant of any group advocating a world view in opposition to their agenda.  If same-sex marriage, men pretending to be women and women pretending to be men is to be accepted as normal then the Christian world view must be presented as abnormal.  Christians follow and uphold God’s standards for living including His standards of ethics and morality.  We accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  The leader of the post-truth “new” morality, humanistic movement is the antithesis of the truth.  That leader is Satan, the author of lies.  He has been lying to us since Adam and Eve, and more and more people are following him because he appeals to their pride, the emotion that originally caused our rift with God.

God is truth.  The Hebrew and Greek words in the Bible that are translated truth in English mean the same as the English word.  My definition for truth in this context is the principles and world view that-when diligently and honestly applied- work for everyone in the world one hundred percent of the time.  We may not like God’s plan for us, and it is difficult to live by sometimes.  But overall it is the best plan with the best long-range out come for you, me and everyone.

God’s plan for mankind is the truth because He created space, time and matter.  Matter isn’t possible without space to put it in and linear time is matter dependent.  Time, the linear progression of matter in space, does not exist in the spirit world.  Jesus expressed this truth when He told the Pharisees, “Before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58).  In other words, before Abraham was born centuries before Jesus came into the world, He existed in the present time when He was speaking with the Pharisees.  He is always in and eternal present.  Everything from eternity past to eternity future is present for Him.

God is the creator of all material things and is therefore the authority on how our world works.  If I lived in the first part of the Twentieth Century and wanted to know how airplanes could fly, I’d ask the Wright brothers who invented the airplane.  The principles of physics the brothers employed to make their plane fly were created by God:  “In the beginning [of time] God created the heaven [space] and the earth [matter]  (Genesis 1:1).  Therefore, to find out what world view and plan for life works for you, you need to ask God, who created everything.  Our Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth is the Bible.  It has never been proven untrue.  It is impossible to adequately explain this here, but many thick books exist that do explain the truthfulness of the Bible.  Here are two examples.  First, every prophecy in the Bible has come to pass except for those dealing with future events.  Since all of the thousands of past prophecies have proven true it is rational to assume the ones dealing with our future will also come to pass.  And, centuries before Christ men believed the earth to be flat, and it rested on the back of a giant turtle or elephant, depending on the version of the myth that you heard.  No explanation was given for what the creature was standing on was given.  The writer of the book of Job, possibly Moses, as Job was one of the earliest books written, said that the globe of the earth hangs upon nothing ( Job 26:7 ).   We, of course, know that to be true.  So,  space, matter and time were created by God, and time is matter dependent.  Ironically, Stephen Hawking, who believed science replaced God, proved the Bible’s account of  the space, time and matter relationship in his books “A Brief History of Time”, and “A  Briefer History of Time”.  Math is my worst subject so I never took physics in school.  All I know about string theory is how to tie my shoes so they don’t come undone.  Most of the time.  But I can understand Hawking’s two books.  They do affirm the biblical account of space, matter, and time.

The Bible is accurate and can be believed, trusted and followed.  It presents God’s world view that is the only one that works for you all the time under all conditions no matter what happens in your life.  All of your humanly created problems can be traced back to actions outside of God’s will for you. Now!  The seldom-realized truth is that God so loves you that He created the earth and everything in it for your benefit.  Brilliant sunrises and sunsets exist for you to enjoy.  Beautiful flowers with their lovely blossoms and scents are for your benefit.  God’s rules for living are to keep you safe, well, and in harmony with the universe, yourself, and in fellowship with Him.  God originally put people, His highest creation that He made in His image, in a wonderful garden created especially for us.  We don’t live in that garden today because our ancestors ruined that by not following God’s directions for their lives.  Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God permanently removed us from God’s presence and threw us out of harmony with the universe and ourselves.

God so loves you that He gave you the only way to be restored into fellowship with Him.  He came into the world in the form of Jesus for the express purpose of paying the penalty for your acting outside of His will for you by dying on the cross in your place, so that you may be restored into fellowship with Him.  Remember that there is no time in the spirit world.  That means Jesus didn’t just experience the excruciating agony of the lashing and the cross for just one day.  He has felt that agony since eternity past and will experience it for eternity future.

He is suffering this excruciating pain forever because He loves you and wants you to be able to come back to Him, and this is the only way possible.

All you have to do to be restored into fellowship with your heavenly Father is to accept Christ Jesus as your personal Savior.  God can’t abide sin.  The only way He can welcome you back is by your accepting His gift of salvation through accepting Christ as Savior.  But a gift is worthless if you don’t accept it  because you don’t possess it until it’s yours.  To make it yours you have to accept the gift.  Accept Him as Savior and take up your cross and follow Him. ( That is the subject of next week’s blog).  Please accept the greatest gift you could ever receive today.  Today is the day of your salvation.  Accept Him now.

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