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Defining Christian Truth


In today’s post-modern world, there is no question that there exists a real separation between God’s people and rest of the world especially in terms of truth. Many in the modern world have adopted the philosophy that truth is whatever feels right while Christians, on the other hand, believe that God’s word is absolute truth (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). However, in our society, God’s word has become an inconvenient way of life and replaced with “my truth”. My truth is a new way of doing whatever feels right but as Paul explains, just because we can do something does not mean that we should (1 Corinthians 6:20).

The Bible warns Christians against such movements and tells us “They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them” (1 John 4:5) and ensures us that “We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error” (1 John 4:6). Jesus Himself says that He is the only way to truth but more importantly, that He is the “way, truth , and life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

Again, Christian truth lies within the word of God which is active and alive (Hebrews 4:12). God’s word has stood the test of time and has been passed down for centuries. While there are different translations and versions, the truth of God’s word is never changing but it should never be taken away from or added to it. One of the most important lessons that I have learned is just because someone does not understand or grasp it completely does not make it any less relevant. When we, God’s children, spread His word, He is happy and pleased with our actions: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 John 1:4). More importantly, God wants us to walk in truth, His truth: “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

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Written by Billy Ray Parrish


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