“It is bad enough that so many people believe things without any evidence. What is worse is that some people have no conception of evidence and regard facts as just someone else’s opinion.” – Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell’s quote deserves more than just a casual nod. We appear to be living in a time when emotion rules over facts and followers of Christ may be as susceptible as anyone.
Earlier this week, I read a book review and when I read one of the headings – Truth – it stopped me and I remembered Paul’s words to the Philippians –
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8).
You’ve read this passage before if you’re a consistent reader of these daily thoughts, but let’s think of this today in terms of the foundation of truth. “Whatever is true…think about these things.”
Every other descriptive in the passage rests on the foundation of truth. Without truth, nothing is honorable or pure or truly lovely or commendable or excellence, because without truth nothing can be believed.
In a culture where the idea of absolute truth has fallen to the idea that truth is relative in the public square. But, inside each of us is this sense that some things are absolutely wrong. What is the foundation for that sense of right and wrong?
Pastor and Christian Apologist, Francis Schaeffer coined the phrase “true truth” more than fifty years ago meaning that absolute truth absolutely exists and our confusion on these kinds of things is based on our ultimate rejection of the God who is there.
What is your reaction to the idea of true truth?