I remember in the 70s and 80s watching the “In Search of …” series on TV.
I recall thinking to myself how these people had chosen an impossible task. They were looking for things like “Big Foot”, “The Loch Ness Monster” and “Noah’s Ark”.
It wasn’t going to happen.
They were not going to find those things – and I knew that at age 10.
And I wondered how long it would take them before they got tired of searching and began to manufacture truth to prove a point.
You know what I mean – coming up with evidence that may not point toward whatever they were looking for, but could be used for such.
They would use it to justify what they were doing and – as long as we watched – they could keep going with their creation of truth.
It seems today that too many people believe that truth is just that – manufactured.
I wonder how many of us, in whatever we are searching for, are really searching for absolute truth?
Not absolute truth according to me, TV or this scholar or that scholar – I mean good old-fashioned universal undisputed Truth with a capital ‘T’.
Today, Webster’s dictionary defines truth as: “a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true … actuality.”
About 50 years ago, Webster’s dictionary defined truth as “agreement with reality; external principle of right or law of order.”
It seems in these two changing definitions we have clearly lost some things over the last 50 years.
Two things in particular:
1. Truth now has to be accepted as such – whether it’s real truth or not. If enough people believe it, then it will be accepted as truth
2. Truth no longer has to agree with reality or what is – as the latter definition states. We have made reality relative to us. Is that legal?
Have you ever put your trust in something (or someone) only later to find out that it was all a lie? The truth you thought you had then was eventually trumped by reality.
It hurt like hell, didn’t it?
You are not alone.
There have been many who were presented with information that was bogus – from pyramid marketing scams to information about your partner – we somehow found out the real truth – and discovered we had been had!
To add insult to injury, some of us even try and keep the lie going once we discover the error for fear of looking like a fool – or because we’ve invested too much in the situation.
This happened to us with the war in Iraq.
Whether the Bush administration or Congress knew prior or not, we went to war because we were told that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
That lie got us over there and then we needed another lie to keep us there.
Our government gave us three:
1. Saddam was a bad person and a threat to us.
2. The Iraqi people needed to be liberated.
3. Being in Iraq would make us safer because we would then be fighting the war on Terrorism on the terrorists’ turf.
But the question remains: What about the WMD?
The problem is that no one will discuss is how we were lied to and how our sacred trust in our government was violated.
Even with a new administration, we are still fighting under these same false pretenses. We don’t need to be saved from terrorists – we need to be saved from ourselves.
Absolute truth is just that.
It doesn’t need to be rationalized or require a lot of explanation.
God created it that way so we wouldn’t struggle to find the source – which is God Himself.
This is why Proverbs 4:7 says: “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
I encourage you in whatever the field of study, whatever the circumstance, keep searching for absolute truth.
It’s there. You have to first desire it.