THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH – PART I
The search for and avoidance of truth is as old as mankind. At the beginning of mankind’s history, Satan (the devil) distorted God’s truth by telling a part-truth—one of the most deceptive forms of lies. This resulted in mankind’s fall and introduced evil into the world.1 And when Jesus was being tried, Pilate asked, “What is truth?”2
According to Kenneth D. Boa and Robert M. Bowman Jr., in their book, 20 Compelling Evidences That God Exists, “Tolerance—not truth—is absolute.”3 This is an extremely dangerous way to live and a foundation of sinking sand upon which to build a society—especially as we keep moving our roots farther and farther away from God, the author and essence of all truth and life.
At the root of much of the evil in today’s world is the fact that men have exchanged the truth of God for a lie. In speaking about earlier generations God’s Word says, “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged … the truth of God for a lie.”4
The end result: “God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”5
The reality is that without access to the truth there is no reality, no freedom, no sense of direction, and no hope of salvation for mankind. No wonder so much of today’s world is floating on a sea of distrust and world-wide turmoil. May we never forget that “blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.”6
Suggested Prayer: “Dear God, please send a revival of Your Spirit and a revival of truth to our land so that as a nation we will turn back to You and know Your blessing and security—and let Your work begin in me. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus’ name, amen.”
1. See Genesis 3:1-6.
2. John 18:38 (NIV).
3. Kenneth D. Boa and Robert M. Bowman Jr.,
in their book, 20 Compelling Evidences
That God Exists, p.18.
4. Romans 1:21-23 (NIV).
5. Romans 1:28-32 (NASB).
6. Psalm 33:12 (NIV).