by Anniel 8/23/17
We have an ex-friend (by her choice, not ours) who says that every person is entitled to their own truth. Which is the same as saying there is no truth. Can that be so?
She is very liberal and no longer speaks to us because she hates Republicans. She told me at one point during the past campaign for President that she was horrified that a member of the KKK was on the Trump team. I asked her who that was, then told her I had no idea who she was talking about but would look into it. She, of course, was offended that I didn’t just take her word for it.
She accused me at one point of being anti-science because I do not believe in climate change. Many years ago she saw a film that showed the melting of the polar ice and the glaciers, and to her that has never changed, and is still the way things are today. She also believes that polar bears are an endangered species, forced out to sea and eating their young to survive. If she is told that polar bears swim forty miles out to sea and hunt from ice floes, that males have always devoured their young and that there are more polar bears than ever, that’s just right wing propaganda.
There are a couple of items I can scarcely believe she has said, and really believes. She pushes for illegal immigrants, particularly Mexicans, to have the right to vote in the US. I said to her, “If they vote here, then I guess I’ll go vote in Mexico.” Horrified she wanted to know how I could believe I should have that right. It wasn’t my country, after all. She saw no disconnect in her thinking.
By far the nuttiest thing she ever said to me was one day when she told me that Al Gore was right about man-made climate change, and we understand scientific things better now than we ever have before. I pointed out that people always knew science and knew that the world was round long before Columbus. They had figured out the length of the equator based on their Scientific observations. But there are still people who belong to the “Flat Earth Society” even though they see the globe of the earth from space. She ground her teeth and told me that the earth is flat because it goes up where there are mountains and down to rivers and valleys, and if you even out the altitude you’ll find that the earth is, in fact, flat. Good thing we were on the phone and she couldn’t see my face. Get out your largest ironing board or mangle and we’ll press the creases out of the earth to see its four (or more?) flat corners.
I quit speaking of politics with her because I knew how closed her mind had become. She hated President Reagan because her father had told her Reagan was a crook and how “awful” he was. She knew her father was right.
When Trump won this election she cut us completely out of her life. She didn’t even ask for whom we voted, which is still a sacred and secret vote as far as I remember. I don’t have to tell anyone how I vote. It made me kind of sad when she got so huffy. You would think friendship still means something, but, alas, it seems not to.
Thinking about this situation led me again to consider the matter of Truth
I looked up the following scriptures from the King James Version of the Bible, and the Book of John. I turned my mind to what the Lord Himself has said about Truth at the time of His crucifixion, death for our sins, and His promised Resurrection.
What is truth?(John 18-37).
This is the pivotal question of Pilate’s interrogation when Jesus was brought before him. The question rings through the ages with men divided over the possibility of ever finding truth. This is where one finds those who are like my friend: “Everyone is entitled to their own truth.” Do you, personally, believe you can know truth?
Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.(ibid. 8:32) . Exactly HOW does knowing the Truth make you free? Does it change something in you? Yes, it leads you away from sin and error in your life and puts you on the path of righteousness, but HOW and WHAT does it change in you? Do freedom and truth always go together? The more I considered these questions, the more I could see that Truth puts us on a journey to God and the perfection and freedom He promises. The way to Him is faith in His Son, who tells us:
I am the way the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (ibid. 14:6) .
The Way, the Truth and the Life. So the Way is set out for us to see, the Truth we MUST know is in the Son, who gives us Life. And all of that is part of coming to the Father, and adding the promise of eternal life:
. . . For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.(ibid. 3:16)
The great love of the Father for His creation, this world we have the privilege of living in, meant the sacrifice of His Son. His resurrection means that we, too, will live again.
. . . I am the resurrection, and the life: He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.(ibid.11:25)
There are choices placed before every man who is born into this life, and all things are promised to honest seekers of the Truth, which, yes, is possible to know and believe, beyond doubting. The first step to this knowledge may mean that we have a trial of our faith first. We prove to God that we love and desire Him to dwell with us.
I dislike sounding preachy, but looking at our fallen world today makes me see how very vulnerable we are if we have no firm idea of the Truth that makes us Free.
I have no wish to be as far astray as my still loved friend. • (336 views)