The importance of developing a Christian Worldview based on truth
No one cares about being fair and honest. The people’s lawsuits are based on lies. So there is no justice among us, and we know nothing about right living. We look for light but only find darkness. We look for bright skies but walk in gloom. Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed. Yes, truth is gone, and anyone who renounces evil is attacked. Isaiah 59:4, 9, 14, 15
This reads like a current headline, yet it was written over 2500 years ago. Truth is under attack today, along with the values and beliefs of the Christian faith, just like it was before the fall of Israel and Judah in Old Testament times during the life of Isaiah. Therefore, it is extremely important for Christians to understand the concept of truth in their worldview.
Truth is based on reality
Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.
Imagine telling your doctor that the prescription he just gave you, due to your diagnosis of diabetes, was only his truth not yours. Just because he believes in insulin does not make it true for you. Then, one week later you are at the hospital in a diabetic coma because you ignored the truth of your condition!
Most people would consider that stance very foolish. The truth of a diabetic diagnosis and the need for insulin would not be up for debate. Truth is easily seen in this case because it matches reality—the reality of your diabetic coma and imminent death without life saving insulin!
What is the difference between a truth claim in a medical diagnosis and that of a religious or moral one? Most people would say religious views are subjective or relative: “If it works for you great, but it’s not my thing. What is true for you is not true for me.” This is called Relativism.
Can we know truth or is it relative?
Del Tacket, in production with Focus on the Family, put together an excellent twelve part series called “The Truth Project.” Check out this short introductory clip that asks the question: What is Truth?
We demand truth in virtually every area of our lives:
- Doctors—we want the right diagnosis and the right prescription or treatment
- Bankers—we want the right information about our money
- Courts—we want truth in justice
- Employers—we want truth and fairness in the workplace
- Public transportation—we want truth in safety and travel
- Loved ones—no one wants lies from a spouse or child, and we demand truth in our personal relationships
Part of the problem is our use of the word truth. Truth is that which corresponds to reality. Reality is the thing you run into when you find out you have been wrong. Reality is “something that exists or happens” regardless of what anyone thinks about it, and it is the inevitable result of any action.
“Blind faith” is a term often applied to Christianity because many people see it as a preference not based on truth, but that is not how a Christian should view their faith. Christianity is based on evidential truth, just like insulin is an evidential truth as a life-saving treatment for diabetes. In the same way Jesus offers us insulin:
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” -John 14:6
Eternal life and forgiveness of sins (the insulin) are freely given by Jesus, yet there are many who walk away from Him never receiving this life saving gift. How about you? Have you received the life saving prescription offered by Jesus?
Many people in our culture today have adopted the ‘whatever’ theme and are willfully ignorant and apathetic about truth, except when it comes to money or their own tangible items. -Dr. Frank Turek, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist”
Watch Dr. Turek’s 48 minute presentation: Does Truth Exist?
- Why do so many people have a problem with Jesus’ statement in John 14:6? How do you respond to that statement?
- How do you view your faith (evidently true, one of many truths, true for you but maybe not others, etc.)? Explain:
- Focus prayer: Talk to God expressing the truths you know about Him—(it’s OK to express honest doubts and ask questions as well – ask Him to help you find answers).
Please continue to pray for God’s peace and comfort that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:4-7) for Nabeel Qureshi’s family at this time of great earthly loss, and celebrate the great rejoicing in Heaven as he is welcomed home. In God’s will and Jesus’ Name always we pray, Amen.
You will not find this material in the public school curriculum even though it is based on solid evidence and grounded in research. It is ironic that following the evidence to where it leads stops at the door of our public schools as they will not let a “Divine footprint” in! Join us as we examine evidence for Christianity and learn how to become a thoughtful defender and ambassador of your faith.
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1 Peter 3:15