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The Truth Will Set You Free

In a world filled with “He said, she said,” it is often hard to find the truth. In disputes between two parties, it is often said that there are two sides to every story and in the middle ground (between the two differing stories) you will likely find the truth. That approach usually just seems to cause more conflict and more confusion as to what is true.

In the not too distant past, many Americans relied upon the Evening News or their local newspaper to find out current events. If the news anchor said it, or the newspaper reporter wrote it, then it must be true. Today it has become increasingly difficult to find unbiased reporting, or for that matter, reporting that has not been embellished by the reporter.

If someone said, “No I did not do it,” we took them at their word. These days, even that is hard to do. Stories change almost as often as the ocean tides.

We all know people who have said they did this or that in their past only to find out that either they have clouded memories or they simply did not tell the truth. Being in the vicinity of a helicopter that was shot down is not the same thing as being in a helicopter that was fired upon by the enemy.

In a quest to be “welcoming and inviting,” even churches these days sometimes stray from the truth. In our opinion, the role of the church is to be relevant to society, not accommodating to it. We are called to contextualize the unchanging gospel message to those around us, not water it down so it is more palatable.

We could go on with more examples, but we think you will agree that these days it has become very difficult to find and know real truth. Our culture says that everything is relative and what is true for one might not be true for someone else. And what is truth anyway? A little white lie never hurt anybody, right?

Because there is so much deception in the world, we need to know where we can go to find truth. We need to have a place to go to make sense of the world around us. God has given us the Bible to be “that place of unwavering truth.” The Bible is our firm foundation on which we can live life. Don’t take our word for it; instead, allow us to share a few verses from the Bible.

Jesus tells us this about Himself, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

To the Jews who believed in Him, Jesus said this, “If you hold to my teaching, you are my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31

In Psalm 119:160 we read this, All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.

God leads us in truth. Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior. Psalm 25:4-5

And we who call ourselves followers of Jesus are called to walk in truth and speak the truth. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. Ephesians 4:25

So today, in a culture filled with lies and deception, and competing views of what is true, ask God to reveal His truth to you by becoming grounded in Scripture, and as Jesus said, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Dave Garrett

3/10/2015

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