Sun setting on the Hokitika beach, 2016
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free..... so if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
- John 8:32,36
I love truth. I've always loved truth. I love finding out what really happened, what the whole story is. I love ferreting out the flaws in people's arguments and setting them straight (not many people love it when I do it though, strangely). I love finding out the truth about something and broadcasting it. I love making sure everything is just right. I love truth.
One thing I love praying for when I pray for people is that they would be a lover of truth. That they would hunger after it. Because if people hunger after truth, then they will seek and seek and seek until they find it!
It's usually in the context of finding God. Because God is absolute Truth. God and truth are synonyms, really. And if people have a hunger and desire in their heart to search for absolute truth, I believe they will eventually find God. The Bible tell us that anyone who seeks with all their heart will find him. We are told to ask, seek and knock, before the door will be opened to us.
Are you a lover of the truth?
I'm not talking about nitpicking, like I sometimes do. I'm not talking about annoying-to-everyone-else-picking-their-arguments-apart. I'm talking about God's truth, of course.
His truth is what we should always seek.
There are a lot of slightly funny theologies out there. I went on a Bible camp at the beginning of the year and there were lots of people there from various Christian denominations. We had some really good talks (read: debates) on different theologies throughout the week, from what part the Holy Spirit plays in our lives to what Creation looked like! It exposed me to a range of different theologies and I really enjoyed it. We all believed in the same God, only, some people thought that Genesis's account of a seven day creation could be taken figuratively not literally (I believe it's literal, just saying).
A lot of people think that as long as someone's theology doesn't tamper with the main core beliefs of Christianity, it doesn't matter. We can all be loving and respectful of each other (apart from the occasions when you meet up with people of other theologies and everyone has some interesting discussions :P) because our theologies don't actually interfere with our salvation.
Which I agree with.
But for me personally, coming into contact with someone of a different theology makes me think. I don't merely define my position. I'm interested in what they have to say. I love different ideas because their idea just might be the right one. I always come away from the discussion thoughtful, because I want to believe the truth. I want to know the truth. It makes me research, to dig deeper into my Bible and see if I can find answers to my questions.
And that's what I want to encourage you to do. You see, as I said before, there are a lot of slightly funny theologies. There are a lot of ideas out there. One must be really careful that we don't stray off the straight and narrow path just because we've come into contact with some new idea that has shaken our faith.
Does that sort of make sense?
I have a relative whose faith has been severely damaged because of a church he attended. Apparently the things he heard in that church shook his faith so much he now doesn't believe in the Bible. He believes in God because he has had a few encounters with Him, but that is where it ends. My question is, if you don't believe the Bible is true then where does that leave you? It is hard to believe in God while not trusting in his very Word!
It is so dangerous to let your faith be swayed by the things you hear. There are some very convincing people. There are some eloquent, silver-tongued people who will try to shake your faith.
Always go straight to the Bible. Search for yourself. Ask, seek and knock yourself. Find the answers to your questions and know what you believe and why you believe it. Love truth! Seek truth! At all costs, if necessary. Ask the Lord to give you a love for truth and to show you truth.
Truth sets you free. Seek truth.