Friday, March 27, 2009

What is Truth?

Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end have I been born, and to this end am I come into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate says to him, What is truth? Much of the problems that exist in the world today are a result of answering that question. 19th century enlightenment philosophers denied that there was an absolute truth and opened the floodgates to the kind of idiotic thinking that prevails today. For example, "the choice" that a woman's body is more important than the child growing in it. Another is that morality is a personal and individual thing and changes with society. This lead also to the prevailing mindset that their is no meaning in life except what you make it. G. K. Chesterton wrote "When men stop believing in God they don't believe in nothing; they believe in anything" It is evident to me that what has been going on in our world today is muddled, ugly, depressing, chaotic, messy, cold, and antiseptic logic and thought. We do not strive to be like God, who is pure, beautiful, ordered, loving, full of wisdom. We strive for much less, man-made materials and lots of it, sensual pleasure, escape through drugs and alcohol, purposeless work, inward selfish, artificial thinking. We have beat the hell out of truth like the soldiers beating Christ. In St. Paul's letter to Titus he writes "For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths." We have wandered into the land of myths. Gird your loins because it is going to get worse.

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