What’s Truth?

16 10 2008

Hey guys,

 

Hope you’re getting a chance to enjoy our brisk fall weather that has finally decided to join us.  I’m guessing that the fall is flying by for many of you like it has been for me.  I can’t believe that October is half over already!

 

Last weekend, while we were experiencing our balmy summer weather, we had our Fall Impact Retreat with the Young Friends of WYM.  It was a great time to have some crazy fun and look at our theme for the weekend: Truth.  In preparations I had asked our speaker to talk about post-modern relativism and its relationship to our faith.  He thought that was a little too deep but he attempted it anyway.  So I thought I’d reflect a little bit on this idea of Truth and Knowledge with this devotional.

 

Knowledge; just what is truth, anyway?

 

You may have heard this one: A man, blind from birth, comes across a man named Jesus.  This Jesus uses His own saliva to make a clay paste, rubs it on the blind man’s eyes, and tells him to wash it off in a nearby pool.  When the man does, he sees for the first time in his life.  The local leaders grill him about what happened.  Most are ticked that this healing was performed on a holy day, while a few wonder if the man named Jesus is a messenger of God.  In an uproar, they finally throw the once-blind man out.  But the man, when he meets Jesus a second time, has no doubt.  He worships Jesus. (John 9)

 

What does this story have to do with truth?  The religious people were frustrated by the account of the blind man.  They couldn’t fathom that a man of God, let alone a Savior, could or would perform healings on the Sabbath.  It didn’t fit with their previously established definition of right and wrong…of truth, so they rejected the evidence altogether.  The man, on the other hand, trusted his new experience.  Though it didn’t make sense according to anything he’d known before, he accepted the “impossible” and expanded his definition of truth.  So do we define truth only by what we personally experience or did the religious people have the right idea by trusting what had been written and had been practiced in the past?  Where do we find truth?  I propose that it can be both.

 

When we experience life-changing faith in personal experiences with Jesus Christ, we see truth.  He is the Truth.  Jesus said “I came into the world to bring everything into the clear light of day, making all the distinctions clear, so that those who have never seen will see, and those who have made a great pretense of seeing will be exposed as blind.” (John 9:39 MSG)  And yet these experiences will never contradict scripture or the spiritual truths of the past.  It’s amazing to see how Jesus fulfilled some many prophecies written about in the Old Testament.  He didn’t contradict those truths, instead He enhanced them by providing an opportunity for all people, all sinners and saints, to experience first hand God’s Truth.  The truth of His love for His children…His sacrifice of His Son for our sake.

 

Anyone who examines this evidence will come to stake his life on this: that God himself is the truth.  (John 3:33 MSG)

 

That’s Truth.

 

Don’t miss this great opportunity to help out at our first ever 2nd Friends Trunk-or-Treat!  This is a fun chance to minister to a low-income community in Indy.  You can get dressed up, hand out candy, play games, and have a great time with the neighborhood kids.  Contact Jessica Thornburg to help jesela86@yahoo.com or 317-750-0152.

 

I’m going to start coming around for campus visits in the next few weeks.  Stay tuned for free food!

 

To the King!
Katy

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