In this postmodern world we’ve been led to believe that truth is relative and that what is right for you may not necessarily be right for me. We cannot legislate morality is a favorite mantra of secular humanists. If you look at most of today’s media, politicians, business, and society in general, it’s hard to argue that absolute truth exists. But just because it does not exists in a culture does not mean it does not exist. It simply means that culture has rejected absolute, aletheia truth as a standard.
Such is America today.
I’ve been asked, “How is it even possible to know the truth anymore?”
Simple; follow your conscience. Now if you’ve seared your conscience with sin so badly that it barely works anymore you could probably use some help. For that matter, we all need help in determining the aletheia truth.
This is where Jesus comes in:
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:12-15)
It is our conscience that convicts us of our sin. That is why Adam and Eve hid in the Garden of Eden. That is why Cain hid after he killed his brother Abel. That is why your child lies automatically when he or she does something wrong, until you teach them better.
But even today it is still hard for a Christian to know what to do. There are many arguments, particularly in the political arena, that tell us we should vote this way or that, to vote for or against a candidate. So on what does a Christian have to rely when it comes to making godly decisions? Billy Graham gives us a simple answer:
God’s standard of truth will be revealed from within a conscience that is sensitive to the Holy Spirit.
Now beloved if you have been grieving the Holy Spirit by ignoring His pleadings, then your sensitivity to Him has no doubt become dull. It is time for you to give the Holy Spirit preeminence in your life. And if you’ve not received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior then you do not even have the Indwelling Holy Spirit. Time to take care of that right now!
We are commanded to be aware of false teachers and not be fooled by postmodern, secular humanist thinking.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” (1 John 4:1-6)
We can know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error because we have the Indwelling Holy Spirit that reveals the aletheia truth to our consciences. Look at what Solomon left us so many centuries ago:
“My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:1-5)
Beloved, this is why I encourage you to read the Proverb for the day. Just look at these jewels from Proverbs 28!
“Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand all…One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination… He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy…A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, but he who hates covetousness will prolong his days… He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough! A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished… He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the LORD will be prospered. He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely will be delivered.” (Proverbs 28:5, 9, 13, 16, 19-20, 25-26)
I mean my goodness, you have enough to make eight refrigerator magnets to sell at your local Christian bookstore or a week’s worth of power verses for your local Christian radio station!
Let’s be honest, shall we? After all, honesty is the characteristic we should all possess.
We do not know the truth, the aletheia truth, because we do not seek it. That has become my new burden in life, to seek the aletheia truth wherever it leads. That is the journey we are going to begin in one week.
Do you want to know the aletheia truth? I hope you’ll join me.
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