Monday, June 26, 2006

WordPoints - June 26, 2006

Seeking God and Seeking Truth
[Love] rejoices in the truth.
1 Corinthians 13:6

Moses described God as "a God of truth" (Deuteronomy 32:4). If we think that we can seek Him and love Him without seeking and loving truth, we are tragically mistaken. We can't have God except on the basis of the truth about Him. Some refuse the truth about God willfully, of course. Jesus said, "This is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light" (John 3:19). On the other hand, there are those who courageously "rejoice in the truth," even when it requires sometimes painful adjustments in themselves.

When we are considering something that has been presented as being true about God, we sometimes act as if our preferences were the supreme tribunal before which all ideas must be brought for judgment. It is not uncommon nowadays to hear people say, "I could never believe in a God who __________ ," as if God could not possibly be anything other than what is congenial to our thinking. If a laboratory scientist took such a cavalier attitude toward physical reality, he'd be laughed out of his profession. If he said something like "I could never believe in a phenomenon as destructive as nuclear fission," his foolishness would be obvious. The truth would still be true whether this fellow approved of it or not. Why then, when the realities are spiritual, do we think we can predetermine what we'll allow to be true and then judge God accordingly? Facts are hard things. They rarely shape themselves to fit our feelings. Whatever God is, that is what He is -- and the sooner we lay aside our brash demands concerning what His nature "must" be, the sooner we can get on with real religion.

None can deny that false notions about God can be powerful, at least in a plodding kind of way. But as the Roman philosophers said: candor dat viribus alas. "Truth gives wings to strength." When the vigor of our religious impulse is powered by truth about God, something happens that is very fine. We can soar high enough to begin tasting the freedom that Jesus spoke of: "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32).

All the problems of heaven and earth, though they were to confront
us together and at once, would be nothing compared with the
overwhelming problem of God: That He is; what He is like;
and what we as moral beings must do about Him.
A. W. Tozer
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Copyright © 2006 by Gary Henry - Visit the WordPoints web site: www.wordpoints.com

6 comments:

Reverberate58 said...

I hear so often how can you believe in something you can see and don't know it is for real? I call it faith and I believe in the truth and I know it will set me free!

Anne I love reading these postings. Please don't stop!

Anne said...

58 - thanks for commenting. I love reading these as well. I almost didn't know who you were with that new picture. Is that you?

Reverberate58 said...

Yes I got brave and posed for a picture! Makes me look old doesn't it! I wanted one of those young looking ones but this is who I am!

Badoozie said...

i'm here, i'm here
i'm listening i am, really i am

osray said...

Love your post. Thanks

Badoozie said...

yes, it takes more faith to believe in evolution too. so, if you hear someone use that argument about how can you believe in something you can't see, ask them this, do you believe the sun is going to come up everyday? well, if you do then why?