Monday, June 27, 2016

A Grain Of Salt

We all have our own idea of what is right and what is wrong. Some people want to ban guns, others don't. Some people support gay marriage, others don't. There are pro-life people and there are those who favor abortion. Some people like Chevy's Others like Fords.

Who is right? IS there a right and a wrong side to things? If there is, who determines what it is? And what if THEY are wrong? I'm getting weary just thinking about all this. There has GOT to be some source, some means of finding out what truth is and what is a lie.

Many people find their "truth" on the Internet or on television. That's both funny and sad at the same time. ABC, NBC, CBS  and CNN all lean to the left, politically. Fox News claims to be "fair and balanced" but they aren't. They lean to the right. Doesn't anyone speak the truth anymore?

Everybody has their own opinion. News editors and producers have their own opinions of what WE should see on the news or read on their web sites or in their newspapers. We need to take everything we hear and read with "a grain of salt." What does that mean?

"(With) a grain of salt," (or "a pinch of salt") is an idiom of the English language, which means to view something with skepticism, or to not take it literally.

Right now, in this country, we have two people running for president. Both have opposing views on many things. Both will tell you that they are speaking the truth and that the other candidate is lying. So, who is right? They're not BOTH lying are they? Who is right and who is wrong? There can be only one truth. And it is our job to find out what that truth is.

We can actually find out what truth is by opening up our Bibles. In it we will find that JESUS is "the truth" (John 14:6). We also can find that God "does not lie" (Titus 1:2). We can learn that God's "way is perfect" (Psalm 18:30).

And it doesn't take too much research to find out what God thinks about lying, murder, abortion, homosexuality, adultery, over eating, stealing, self pride, etc.

When we hear someone tell us something and say that it is the truth, we should not believe them, unless we know them to be a truthful person. Even then, we should examine what they tell us. There is a very fine line between telling someone something and gossip.

The truth can be a very illusive thing. I have found that only God knows it and speaks it. Everyone else simply has an opinion. Someone once said, "All truth is relative." Is that statement true? Or is it relative,  only true to the person saying it?

Jesus Christ told us that He is the truth. He, being God, cannot lie. Therefore, what He says is truth. That truth may not answer today's political "truths" but it can help us be discerning in our investigation of what IS truth. And, we are told, the truth will set us free.

"42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. 43 Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? 47 Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.” - John 8:42-47

I encourage you to watch this short video about "relative truth." Ravi nails it!

The Truth Cannot Be All Relative - Dr. Ravi Zacharias

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