Our Truth

It seems that we all have our own version of truth.  I don’t think any two people have the same exact perception of life.  What is truth to me may not be truth to you, and vice versa.  My thought lately has been, “How much of what has become our truth did we choose?” Ultimately everyone does choose what they believe but they choose based on their best judgment of their life’s experiences, what they have been taught and what revelation they have had.  But then a problem arises when one’s truth does not match up with another’s truth.  Humanity is divided, arguments are started and wars are raged.   This has been going on throughout recorded history.

I’m not really sure what point I’m trying to get at except that I think we should all be a little more open minded to the worldviews of others.  I think there is something we can learn from every person we meet, and that’s because they’ve walked a different life than us, they’ve seen different things and experienced a different path.  From listening to them we can learn of a whole other perspective and see the world through a new pair of eyes.   I am disgusted with the division among denominations.   Everyone argues over the little details and they completely miss the point—to love.

In recent revelation many of my views have changed.  I’ve tried to force myself in the past to believe certain things just to fit in with a particular Christian sect or theology.  But the revelation I’ve had is that I fit in with all groups more than any particular one.   And when I say all groups I’m not just talking Christianity, I’m talking all of humanity.  We are all connected by love—every single one of us.  We were made in the image of love.   Without love we are entirely incomplete.   But no one is without love, some just have not woken up yet to see the love that is right in front of them, or better put, in them.

Like a sound wave that travels from positive to negative as it flows through the air so are our lives full of rotation.  Like the dynamics involved in a classic symphony so do our lives sometimes drastically change from loud to soft and then back to loud again.  Some of us see this as a war, a fight or a struggle.  But I’ve come to view it more as a ride.   As the saying goes, “If you’re going through hell, keep on going.”  The ride is not always comfortable but it’s the uncomfortable times that allow us to sit in peace and enjoy the quiet blissful moments when they do come.

I’ve realized that the war goes on whether I decide to partake in the battle or not.  Sometimes the battle seems pointless and it’s time to walk off the field for a bit.  Too many times I have made my life about a battle that has already been won.  It’s not my fight and I’m learning to give up certain burdens, but they never go away completely.  Life will be life and even on my worst day I am still thankful that I exist.  I am thankful that I feel pain and have emotional experiences.    The mere act of complex thought alone is in itself miraculous and divine.

In closing I’d just like to say that you are amazing!  Know that.. Please get it.  Learn to love yourself for who you really are and then you’ll learn to love others for who they really are.

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8 thoughts on “Our Truth

  1. Jason B. Ladd

    Justin, I like that you’re spending a lot of time thinking about truth. I think it’s very important. I think a lot of your thoughts are correct as they relate to “beliefs,” but the road of subjective truth is a hard one to follow. Whenever we make a statement as fact, we’re making a truth claim. I agree with you that we were made in the image of love, but I believe that is an objective truth that you discovered, not just a belief that you decided.

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    1. Justin Post author

      Hi Jason, I know that truth by definition can only be objective but what I am more talking about is that man’s perception of “truth” is subjective. And this is proven by simply asking five different strangers the question, “What is the truth to our existence?” You will get five different answers – even if they are all within the same religion. To one who practices Hinduism his truth is that Brahman is the “Ultimate Reality”. To you I would guess that you believe Yahweh is the ultimate reality or force behind our existence. But to the Hindu and to you both “truths” are just as true in your own perceptions… And you will reject the other because it contradicts with your subjective perception of truth. The argument is constantly made that “both cannot be right” but I have a different theory that both can be partly right and both can be partly wrong.

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  2. nopew

    The fights between “believers” shames Christ.
    However, if I may, I don’t believe it is about truth at all. It is power. Who will be proved on top of the heap? I will force you to believe the “correct” doctrine even if it kills you! The group I belong to is better than yours. Look what happened to the prophets, who only spoke God’s truth, but were tortured, kidnapped, ignored and murdered by those who refused to give up their power to the Sovereign God.
    One truth is, people prefer power over rather than love of.
    Your conclusion hits the bull’s-eye!
    Peace

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  3. lessonsbyheart

    Hi, Justin. It’s me again. Here’s something for you to chew on. http://lessonsbyheart.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/standardized-christianity/

    And don’t forget, if Jesus said we would *know* truth…then there is a truth that we *can* know!

    As nopew stated, the last sentence is dead on. If we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves, we’ll be better off. It all boils down to love.

    \o/
    Praising Jesus who leads me in paths of righteousness – because that’s just what He does!

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  4. silver price

    Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-O and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have.

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  5. Freedomborn - Set Free Eternally

    Hi Justin, I also believe Love is the most important thing but not man’s fleshy love only God’s and this is the same with His Truth, which is also part of His Love. God tells us not to Trust in our own worldly understanding but a lot do and so they are deceived and deceive others and in the end there is no Unity with each other and sadly also God. The Holy Spirit does not say one thing to one person and something different to another when they contradict

    We are to Love everyone , even our enemies but that does not mean we agree with the evil they do or error they believe and teach others, God tells us to correct and warn those who are in error and if we Love them we will. We need God’s wisdom empowered by The Spirit to recognize Truth from error.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

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  6. Steve Finnell

    BAPTISM AN OUTWARD SIGN OF AN INWARD GRACE?

    The proponents of salvation by faith alone state that water baptism is an outward sign of an inward grace. Is this a correct doctrine? Yes. The problem is in the explanation of that statement. Faith only advocates say that water baptism is simply a symbolic reenactment of forgiveness that occurred at the moment a person believed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, Lord and Savior. The Scriptures do not teach that as a fact.

    DOES THE BIBLE TEACH THAT BAPTISM IS AN OUTWARD SIGN OF AN INWARD GRACE? YES.

    Romans 6:3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?

    Men are baptized into Christ Jesus. Men do not believe only into Jesus. Men are baptized into His death, they do not believe into His death.

    Romans 6:4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father,so we too might walk in newness of life.

    We are buried with Christ in baptism so we can walk in newness of life. We walk in newness of life after water baptism not the moment we believe.

    Romans 6:5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection.

    We are united with Christ in baptism. We are not united with Christ the very minute we believe. Water baptism symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.

    Romans 6:6-7 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body, of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he who has died is free from sin.

    You are baptized in water so the body of sin might be done away with and be free from sin. If men become believers in Christ and then wait one year before being baptized, they are spending that year not having their old self crucified with Christ. They spend a year not being free from sin.

    Galatians 3:26-27 For you are sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

    They were clothed with Christ when they were baptized into Him.They were not clothed with Christ the moment they had faith.

    Colossians 2:12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

    You are raised up in baptism, in the faith of the working God. Men are raised up by a combination of faith and baptism. Men arenot raised by “faith only” nor are they raised before they are baptized.

    Colossians 2:12-13…..When you were dead in your transgression and uncircumcision of you flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,

    When are men dead in their transgressions? They are dead before they have faith and are baptized in water.

    Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Peter had already preached Jesus as Lord and Christ. Peter had already preached the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. They were still in their sins. They were not saved the minute they believed. They needed to repent and be baptized in order to have their sins forgiven and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Faith, confession, and repentance precede water baptism. Water baptism is the point of forgiveness of sins.

    Water baptism is not an empty symbolic rite demonstrating what happen the very moment men believe.

    WATER BAPTISM IS THE POINT OF FORGIVENESS FROM SIN.

    WATER BAPTISM IS A BAPTISM INTO CHRIST.

    WATER BAPTISM IS WHEN MEN ARE CLOTHED WITH CHRIST.

    WATER BAPTISM IS WHEN MEN ARE RAISED TO WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE.

    WATER BAPTISM IS WHEN OUR TRANSGRESSIONS ARE FORGIVEN.

    WATER BAPTISM IS WHEN WE ARE FREED FROM THE CHAINS OF SIN.

    WATER BAPTISM IS WHEN WE ARE SYMBOLICALLY CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST AND PROMISED RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD.

    YES, WATER BAPTISM IS AN OUTWARD SIGN OF AN INWARD GRACE! THAT GRACE OCCURS DURING BAPTISM NOT PRIOR TO IT.

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