Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Truth Project - Lesson One – Veritology: What Is Truth?

I can certainly attest to the fact that this is going to be a powerful 13 weeks! This Bible study doesn’t ease into the subject matter. It begins at a run! Take a minute to contemplate the question in the lesson title. You may need more than a minute. What is truth? I’d love to read your answer if you’d care to share it in a comment.

We are about to embark on a methodical and meaningful worldview tour that covers a wide area.

Dr. Del Tackett’s video teaching presents many thoughts leading to a Biblical worldview. The college classroom environment encourages participation even from the video viewing audience. The syllabus of the coursework is presented by the visuals of a compass and a temple. At first, the labels on these items seem random. But after thinking about the material, the layout makes more sense. I’ve taken the time to draw both the compass and the temple complete with their labels in my notebook. I later learned that these visual aids are available on The Truth Project website.
One of my favorite parts of this lesson was discovering the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary definition for “truth”: “Conformity to fact or reality… Exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be… We rely upon the truth of the scriptural prophesies.” Too bad today’s dictionaries don’t read the same way or place the same value upon truth.

Here’s what I learned as a result of this week’s lesson: God is the ultimate source of truth. There must be a fixed truth for the universe to function properly. This means that the idea our culture has that truth is relative and dynamic and based on individual perception IS A LIE! Why is it a lie? Because it’s not what God says the truth is. Jesus came to testify to the truth. His words and actions are truth. Our human desire to sugar-coat our evil thoughts and actions to make ourselves feel better IS A LIE! Every sin that besets us can be traced back to a lie.

What lie can be traced to the root of a sin in your life? What actions can you take today to dispel that lie and not sin in that way again? What truth has replaced the lie?

I feel refreshed and more whole. Don’t you?

Jesus came to testify to the truth. Truth is reality. Common insanity is losing touch with reality and believing the lie. What do you believe? “Do you really believe that what you believe is really real?”

Actually, I am already experiencing a change in my worldview. Thank you, Jesus! I had a discussion with a co-worker about weight loss. He and I are both on the path to better health, fitness and eating. We talked about how our mindsets actually changed from a “live to eat” to an “eat to live” paradigm. Then he mentioned someone he knows who commented on his weight loss and asked how he did it. When he told her, she said that she’d love to work out but she’s too comfortable on the couch. I believe that the statement she’d love to work out is a lie. If you love something, you absolutely make time for it.

Do you love Jesus so much that you make time for Him? Do it! The goal of “The Truth Project” is transformation and we can only be transformed in the presence of God.

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