With so much information available to us today it is crucial that we can correctly determine the difference between opinions, facts and truth. Here is an excerpt my latest book “The Death of Christian Thought”.
When I was ten years old, my favorite food was a stack of pancakes, and I could not imagine the day when I would love any food more. Today, a medium-rare steak is my favorite food. Was I lying when I said pancakes were my favorite food? No, I was stating truth as I understood it best at that particular time. I lacked the maturity to realize that someday I could change my mind about my favorite food.
The reality is I was stating a fact, because when I was ten, pancakes were my favorite food. The definition of fact is “a piece of information presented as having objective reality.” A fact is reality, which we could also say is a right “what.” The Bible didn’t use the word fact. There is a Hebrew word and a Greek word for fact or data, and it never occurred in the Bible. God wasn’t concerned with us merely stating facts. God’s thoughts are higher than facts.
Humans are completely focused on facts to the point that they define truth as “fact.” Humanists are able to deceive people in this way. They define facts as truth. Since Jesus never directly stated homosexuality is a sin (a fact), they equate a fact with truth in their mind, despite the fact that other scriptures are clear that homosexuality is indeed a sin. They place their fact above God’s truth. Nothing is more essential to correctly understanding the Bible than understanding the difference between our human definition for truth and the Bible’s definition for truth. At age ten, I did not have all the necessary information about food to state a truth that met the requirements of the biblical definition of truth about pancakes being my favorite food for the rest of my life. I was stating what I believed to be truth at the time with no intention of deception. But as more information became available to me, I made a decision that altered what I believed to be truth at that time.”
Truth is a fact that is eternally correct—no amount of new information can change it. Since God alone knows the future, He alone is the source of any truth. When we learn to trust His Word as truth instead of our feelings or current facts, we find peace, joy and comfort in our lives. And we equip ourselves to discern clever deceptions that seek to mislead us.
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