Passages - February 12, 2009
Truth Or Consequences

By William R. Campbell
Associate Pastor
Mission Bible Fellowship
Seeley Lake

Many years ago there was a TV show of that same name. And though the theme is the same, the reference today is different. It’s from the small book of 1 John, which is packed with wisdom. In it John warns of a form of Gnosticism, a heretical teaching of the time.
Many falsehoods are wrapped in attractive packages. I have a sweet tooth, so I know how easily we can be attracted to sugar coatings. Sometimes we can be led into false teachings by a false logic, which begins with a truth. This is why we must beware of half-truth’s; we may just get hold of the wrong half. And nothing can so ruin truth like the stretching of it.
It is not uncommon for people today to feel there is no absolute truth. They say, “You have your truth, I have mine.” More sugar coating. The real problem, which leads to this popular world-view, is this: If there is an absolute truth I must deal with it. And, as most of us recognize, avoidance trumps dealing with things almost every time.
James Russell Lowell, once wrote, “Truth wears a different face for everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait until all the world agreed. She is said to lie at the bottom of a well, for the very reason, perhaps, that whoever looks down in search of her sees his own image at the bottom, and is persuaded that not only has he seen the goddess, but that she is far better looking than he had imagined.”
Five biblical truths, which we should consider:
All Sin, Romans 3:23
All Loved, John 3:16; Romans 5:8
All Raised, John 5:28.29
All Judged, Romans 14:10
All Bow, Philippians 2:10
In 1 John, the Apostle says God has warned us about the conflict between light and darkness (1 John 1:1-2:6 and between love and hatred (1 John 2:7-17). Then He warns us about a third conflict: the conflict between truth and error. It is not enough for us as believers to walk in the light and to walk in love; we must also walk in truth. The issue is truth–or consequences.
Given the above listed five truths of scripture, we might want to consider the consequences–Eternal life with God in heaven, or eternal death with Satan in Hell. Jesus himself said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The choice then comes down to this. Do you believe Jesus, or do you think he was lying when he said those words?
It’s an individual choice, however, as Joshua once said, “…choose for yourselves who you will serve… But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

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