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“In all your getting, get understanding” Proverbs 4:7
Many don’t ‘seek truth’; they simply don’t care. They live for today – a surface existence with no depth to life. They switch off the news and live selfish lives. But then tragedy strikes (loss of job or loved one or home) and they have no answers. Life loses its meaning and they feel they are on sinking sand!
The Source of Truth
When our lives fall apart it’s time to look for meaning and truth about life. Let’s start with the source of truth. Is there one? At SeekingTruth we believe we have found the source: Jesus.
The Word (Christ) became flesh and dwelt among us … full of truthJohn 1:14, John 14:6
(Jesus said) I am … the truth
Suppose we sought out the best restaurant in town, and found it. We sampled its food, cleanliness, reliability etc. We tested it over time and it consistently met our needs. We never exhausted its menu. In this case there would be no need to search out another restaurant.
At SeekingTruth we find Jesus Christ and His word (the Bible) to be a perfectly satisfactory source of truth. We have followed this source of truth for over 50 years and never exhausted it or found untruths in it. This is because the Bible claims to be inspired by God and so is different from other texts. So, like the restaurant, we stay with it.
Seeking the Truth
Having found the source we embark on absorbing what it has to offer (like sampling the good restaurant). We are ever learning and clearly can never claim to understand all the truth on all issues. A living relationship with the risen Christ enables this learning via His Holy Spirit:
The Spirit of truth … will guide you into all truth … (John 16:13)John 16:13
So the search for the truth is an ongoing process, but it is always centred on Christ (the source) and upon the Bible (the inspired word of God). To abandon the source and the Bible and go in search for answers elsewhere would be like leaving the best restaurant for something less satisfactory.
Testing the Truth
As quoted in truth,
A statement is true if it agrees with established fact – with what is really there – with reality
So we embark on testing what is implied or clearly stated in the Bible by comparing it with reality – what is actually observed in the world around us. Many simply accept what the Bible says without critical analysis or testing. That’s OK since many simply don’t see the need to test the Bible – they accept what it says in faith. That’s fine, since it demonstrates the inclusiveness of the Bible. Simple faith in Christ is all that is really required.
On the other hand, some wish to question the claimed truths in the Bible, or to justify and defend them via discussion and reasoning, as in Acts 17:17 (see Christian apologetics). We can do this by testing biblical statements against what we observe in the world. There are many areas to look at and some of these are examined at SeekingTruth. Big issues like:
World Government, Cashless trading (electronic ID), Lawlessness & Terrorism, Persecution, Arab-Israeli conflict, and Climate change.
We also examine topical issues like:
Pluralism, Morality & Ethics, Entry to Heaven, Evolution, Apostasy and Healing
The philosophy behind SeekingTruth is therefore to offer up reasoned articles on such issues for those who are seeking truth. We try to examine issues in a researched, open way, but always point the reader to what the Bible says as well (because we believe that’s the best restaurant in town!)
Of course, some issues, like entry to heaven, cannot be tested by observing reality. In such cases we resort to the words of the only one who came from heaven and returned there – Jesus. To our knowledge, no one else has risen from the dead and shown himself to men. So what he says is convincing!
Speaking the Truth
Whilst many seek to suppress the truth, we all have the right to speak out or convey (by whatever means) biblical truth:
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.Article 18, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Article 9 European Convention on Human Rights
Some questions to those who are seeking truth in other ways:
1. What is your source of truth? If it is essentially derived from yourself then you could be being deceived by the god of this world, Satan: “… he does not stand for truth … there is no truth in him … he is a liar …” (John 8:44)
2. Can you test your concept of truth against reality – against those issues outlined above? Does your philosophy about these issues stack up against what you observe in the world?
3. Jesus is alive and will soon return to earth. He claimed to speak the truth (in fact He claimed to be the truth). So why do you not believe Him and trust Him to lead you in life? (John 8:45)