Is it Possible to Find Truth?

"What is truth?" This question has been asked throughout the centuries. It still haunts humanity. "Where is truth?" How will I know it when I see it, or hear it?

There are two basic resources that humankind possesses for finding and identifying truth:

(1) Observation. This includes the person's general knowledge gained from the environment, education, parents, peers, or professors,  and the scientific method of experimentation and data analysis.

(2) Reasoning abilities. Each person has an ability to think and to link bits of information together into a philosophy that governs life's decisions.

Both these abilities are limited. These limitations are well recognized by the Western Academic community. The current philosophy seems to be that truth cannot be determined on an absolute basis. "There are no absolutes" is therefore a prevailing current Western philosophy.

However, to say, "There are no absolutes!" would seem to be an absolute statement. To say that no absolute anything exists anywhere assumes that the person making the statement has been everywhere and has accurately analyzed every bit of information that exists. Since such omniscience is humanly impossible, it would then seem impossible to prove or to accept such an absolute negative statement.

Attempts to determine the origin and purpose of the universe, of life, of humankind and the hereafter have been futile. No one observed creation; it has not been duplicated in a test tube (only in high school texts for the unwary). What is the origin of the human race? The fact that all human kind is basically identical in genetic make up, points not only to a common ancestor, but to two of them, male and female, who were alike genetically at the same time. The probability of that happening by accident is more remote than lightening from a major earth thunder storm striking the moon.

There remain many important questions that are unanswerable by human resources.  Is there life after death? Does man have an eternal soul?  Is God real?  Will people be accountable to God in a final judgment?

Because of humankind's lack of ability to answer theses questions - God has given a Revelation, a written Word, available to be read or heard by anyone who is interested in finding TRUTH.

The Bible says concerning mankind's lack of ability in the Book of First Corinthians, Chapter 2:8, 9, 10:

"8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God."

The question, "What is truth?" was asked by the Roman Governor, Pilate, as he questioned Jesus the Christ; he asked Jesus the question,  "What is Truth?" but gave Jesus Christ no opportunity for response; Pilate immediately turned to the crowd and asked what he should do with Jesus. The mob began to chant, "Crucify him." (They wanted TRUTH destroyed.)

Pilate, like thousands of others have been, was face to face with TRUTH,  asked a question,  but allowed no answer. (He evidently assumed that there was no absolute TRUTH available.)

The answer: Jesus Christ had previously stated:  "I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life:  No man cometh to the Father but by me."  (John 14:6)

Jesus had also said:  "Thy WORD is TRUTH." (Speaking to God, the Father John 17:17)  Why does mankind continues to reject this TRUTH?  Could it be because God's TRUTH is demeaning to the human ego, is condemning for the human destiny, and is demanding in its commandments?   ("Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not bear false witness {Not lie.}. Thou shalt not commit adultery.")

It is demeaning to each individual because TRUTH cannot come from within any individual.  No human being is capable of finding, identifying or following TRUTH.  Humankind needs an exterior source in order to find TRUTH and an exterior help in order to follow the expectations that TRUTH demands.

God's TRUTH is condemning to the individual because the TRUTH states, "For all have sinned and some short of the glory of God" and, "The wages of sin is death." (Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23)

It places a demand on each person because God said, "Thou shalt not bear false witness" and Jesus said, "Ye must be born again."

The secularist seems to believe in his own basic assumption that God is not relevant to the universe or to humankind. Actually, to believe such an assumption is a wild leap of FAITH into the oblivion of mankind's inabilities and requires a FAITH in human ability to analyze the totality of the universe, both seen and unseen, from a vantage point so small and obscure in the universe that it defies description.   It is an assumption, based on unfounded presuppositions.  (The secularist must be a person of enormous FAITH in his own interpretation of his own minute sphere of experience and knowledge which is limited by his own fallible senses and reasoning ability.)

The person who accepts God's Revelation, the 66 Books of the Bible, exhibits a FAITH in God's reality and in God's Revelation.  While the initial personal contact with God is based on faith, the person who comes to God, finds that God is real. However, to find this reality, the individual must come to Jesus Christ and trust in His death as being sufficient for forgiveness from sin. The person then experiences a new life, and a daily fellowship with God. (See:  FIND GOD )

When an individual meets God through   Jesus Christ , the WORD, of God becomes alive and comprehendible. The WORD of God, the Bible, is God's REVELATION to mankind.  It was written to be preserved accurately and to be available to those who want to know God's TRUTH.

While the person who does not know God, defines God and His workings as being unreal, the person who knows God is aware of God's reality and becomes knowledgeable of God's will and workings as God's WORD, the BIBLE, is studied.

The Bible itself states: "14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth (discerns) all things, yet he himself is judged (discerned) of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ." (I Corinthians 2)

To find God is to begin to know God and His reality. God is the creator and sustainer of the universe. The Bible states in the Book of Colossians, (Chapter 1) "12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son (Jesus Christ): 14 In whom (Jesus) we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 (Jesus Christ) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence." (Colossians 1)

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