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The Truthful Life
The Christian life is founded on Truth. As we continue through 10 aspects of the Christian life, we've looked at the Abundant Life, the Peaceful Life, and the Thankful Life, and this month we turn to the Truthful Life. Jesus says,
John 17:17, "Thy Word is Truth." John 14: "I am the Truth"
There are two parts to the truthful life: 1) Jesus, the Word of God, is the absolute Truth, and 2) The Christian faith is based on truth and not myth.
Jesus says in John 14, "I am the truth." He doesn't say, "I am a truth," or, "I am a valid truth," or "one of many." But he is THE truth. In an age of relativism and anything-goes morality, Jesus declares that there is an absolute Truth and He IS it. Now, the opposite of truth is falsehood; a lie. Anything other than Jesus is therefore a lie, false, and misleading. So you're left with this: either there really is an absolute truth, an absolute right and wrong, and that's Jesus, or Jesus is lying about who he is – and if he's lying about who he is, how can we ever believe his own claim that he died and rose to forgive our sins, and give us life and salvation? I believe Christ died for me; I believe he is the absolute Truth. I believe that means that I should seek to make my life conform with his words in everything. And what's more, since I believe that his truth is absolute – not just for me, but for everyone, regardless of their believes or worldviews. That's what absolute truth means.
Secondly, the truthful life not only believes that Jesus is truth but also that the story of Jesus is True. What we have in the Bible isn't just one person's interpretation. It isn't a theory. It isn't a desire or a myth or a mass hallucination. But what the Bible says happened is what actually happened in time and history with eyewitnesses giving their testimonies about what they really and truthfully saw. Our faith doesn't depend on our believing but on what really happened. That's the danger of the phrases, "Just believe it," or "blind faith." Our faith doesn't make Jesus real. Jesus is real – therefore we have faith. We don't have a blind faith but a faith that clings to the truth of the God-made-Man crucified for us and risen from the dead.
These two foundations of the Truthful Life therefore lead the Christian to be, himself, truthful. Paul said, "I believe and so I speak." We believe the truth; so we speak truth. We believe what is true; we speak that which is true. So a world rampant with lies, misdirection, cheating, and every manner of false witnesses, is overwhelmed by the Christian who knows Truth and speaks Truth; and so we're given ever more opportunity to share Christ – the Way, the Truth, and the Life. May God so give us these opportunities as we live the Truthful Life.
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