What is Truth?

When you read posts on Interpreting the Cosmos, you are reading the thoughts and perspectives of a Christian man, born and raised in the comfortable lower-middle class of Western New York. I’ve had many difficult days in my 30+ years, but I’ve also never missed a meal, never lacked a warm bed, never known the burning trials of chronic illness, etc. Obviously some people will not read what I have to say because they cannot identify with me, but to those who would seek to listen only to people with whom they fundamentally agree and share a worldview, I beg you to spend some time here with us interacting with these ideas, sharing your thoughts, and humbling yourself to be teachable. I don’t have all the answers, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t seek them.

None of that ultimately matters, though, because whether it is the perspective of a guy like me, or of someone from a completely different background, the Truth of the unifying principal of the cosmos is the same. In other words, Truth does not change according to who is explaining it. The only variable is whether or not the explaining person is right or wrong in their communication and interpretation of the cosmos.

For example, (and I like using this one with people when discussing the nature of truth), imagine you and I are standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon. One step forward and there is nothing to stop the descent down to the canyon floor thousands of feet below. I insist that my religion teaches that if one believes one may fly and defy gravity, then it will be so. You insist that gravity will take effect and pull me to the canyon floor because regardless of my religious teachings, gravity as a law is Truth. I am offended that you have said my religion teaches against objective truth, and to show you that my truth is reality, I take a big step forward, spread my arms, smile big and bright, and shout “I BELIEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeevve…..” all the way to the canyon floor.

My truth is…

My “truth” was not lined up with Truth, and so I suffered the consequences of believing falsely, and of not recognizing the authority of a law which was and is greater than my autonomous beliefs.

Interpreting the Cosmos is a blog dedicated to rightly understanding the universe as it is. Understanding the universe will inevitably lead us to try and understand it’s origin and design code.

My writings are born from certain presuppositions of which I am unashamed; I’m interpreting the universe as I understand it.

Yet in my interpretations, I am looking through a lens – which makes me like everyone else. The thing is, I don’t pretend humility by saying we cannot know objective truth – and I try to stay far from true arrogance by saying I have the right understanding of all issues. It seems that true humility is to bow to the Truth and confess our dependence on Him for our understanding.

Of all the ironic moments of history, surely the Apostle John captured one of, if not the greatest when he recorded in chapter 18:

37Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” 38Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” (NASB)

Sadly, Pilate was staring the Source of reality in the face and missed Him completely. Pilate was the original post-modern man, arrogantly hiding his arrogance behind a mask of ignorance and self-serving refusal to recognize his Lord and Master. Four chapters earlier, Jesus is recorded as claiming

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no one comes to the Father but by Me.”

This blog exists to honor Him, Jesus, the Truth, and to probe His cosmic creation for clues to His order, design, and plan. This includes the events and occurrences in human history and modern society. (See page “What’s a Cosmos?”)

My writings are produced when I look through the lens of the Bible and see the cosmos as an ordered, designed work of art and brilliant beauty which is meant to magnify the Creator and to make Him known. Let’s search out His Truth together.

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3 thoughts on “What is Truth?

  1. Amen, Justin! Your blog is beautiful to the eye and food for the soul. Don’t get discouraged-blogging can sometimes be frustrating -because it will seem no one is listening. God will send those who need what you are writing. I pray you stick at this -as you grow in the Lord-and that God will bless your efforts greatly-as your keyboard is used to magnify and glorify his name;

    Vicki

    • Wow – I am grateful for the well-wishes and advice. This is such a privilege and joy, I am barely able to hold myself back from singing. I love writing, and I know that love is from God and for God. Gloria Deo!

  2. Who the Son sets free is free indeed!

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