Posts tagged ‘truth’

Free Speech…and Free Listening

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Have you ever thought that something couldn’t possibly be true because of who said it? In one of his essays George Orwell said: “Truth becomes untruth if uttered by your enemy.” Doesn’t that sum up the us and them mentality that we can so easily fall into?

This kind of thinking is especially prevalent in our American cross cultural society. However, listening and evaluating shouldn’t cease because you’re hearing the words of someone you don’t like. One of the strengths of our country is not only free speech, but the right to listen carefully and respond. It’s communication both ways that provides the biggest and best answers. Simply dismissing someone because you don’t like them…doesn’t get anyone anywhere.

Have you heard people say things about God, but believed them to be untrue because of who said them? A person with a good relationship with God should be willing to talk with you without harassing you, should be willing to listen to what you have to say. It should be a friendly discussion, not a debate.

Find that person. Look into God, and what he has to say…for yourself. If it’s true, it doesn’t matter who says it. It’s still true.

Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. John 17

 

 

 

 

 

Ain’t It the Truth?

Here is something amazing to me. There’s an article in the October 15th issue of Time Magazine about the presidential candidates entitled “The Fact Wars: Who Is Telling the Truth?” The writers looked at statements made by the candidates then looked at the reality. Then they decided if what was said was misleading or just false. Of course, BOTH candidate were misleading and BOTH were giving false information at times. One of these men is going to be the leader of our nation for the next four years!

Don’t you find that disturbing? With the people the candidates have at their disposal to do research, couldn’t they both do a better job of checking out what they’re saying? Is there something wrong with saying, “I don’t know, I’ll have to check it out”?

Some people do that with the Bible. They say something is in the Bible they think is there…but it’s not. Seriously, with all the ways we have to examine the Bible…in print, on our computers, on cd or dvd, on our kindles, on our mobile devices…you would think people could get it right.

God values your reading and studying the Bible to make sure you truly know what it says. That’s why there’s a shout out to the people of Berea. They didn’t just accept what was said, they looked into it themselves.

Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17

So, I’m wondering today, is telling the truth as important as it used to be or have things changed? What do you think?

The Big Engine That Could

Chacha. iBoogie. Mamma. Whozat. Duckduckgo. Know what these are? They are just a few of the many, many search engines on the internet. Of course we know all the familiar ones like Google and Yahoo. They’re such a quick and convenient way of finding information. We’ve even added a new verb to the English language, “google.” When we find some knowledge on the internet, we say, “I googled it.” So…what if you google the word “God.” Well, you would get over 1.8 billion hits! Wow! But, all the information you read would not be true. A lot would be opinion. Some true, some part-true, some false.

If there were a search engine in the Bible…hmmm, what would that be called? Godhoo? Biboogie? Whatever. If you searched the word “God,” everything you read would be true. That’s one of the unique things about the Bible. Maybe, that’s why every year it’s the most sold book in the world. It’s hard to tell what’s true and what isn’t in our world. Do you ever, when you see something on the internet or tv, think: “Oh yeah? How do YOU know that’s true?!” And, you don’t really believe that information. Not so with the Bible. It’s true.

As you open your laptop today or turn on your tv…when you come in contact with all that misinformation. Isn’t it nice to know there is a source in our world that always tells it straight up true. The Bible.

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true. 2 Timothy 3

 

Are You Watching Big Brother?

My huge guilty pleasure of the summer is…”Big Brother.” I’m slightly embarrassed to say I’ve seen every episode from every season. And this is season 14! Oh, well…I plead guilty to loving the craziness and antics.

The other night a member of the house named Dan pulled off one of the greatest ploys in the history of the game to avoid leaving. It involved lying, a little deception, some throwing a friend under the bus, and lots of manipulation. But, hey, that’s the game. That’s what it’s all about. Doing whatever’s necessary to win $500,000.00. Everyone knows that going into the game, yet no one likes it when it’s done to them!

However, you don’t want your real life to be that way. You want to be able to trust people, to earn the trust of others. You know the quote “no man (or woman) is an island, entire of itself”? It’s true. You can’t always stand alone; you have to depend on others at times.

…you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him,,,, Ephesians 4

Jesus is one of those you can depend on. Not just sometimes. All the time. Everything that comes from Jesus is truth. He doesn’t lie. Some Bibles put all the words that Jesus actually said in red print. All those words in red are true. Could you use a friend you can rely on every single time?

“Big Brother” is an artificial environment. Sadly, though, it’s not as far away from the world you and I actually live in as we would like to think. When you’re hanging out there on that limb all alone, and the limb’s beginning to crack…reach out for the hand of the faithful Jesus.

Hold Still, Larry!

Allen Chen, chief engineer, said: “Touchdown confirmed. We’re safe on Mars.”

In a show of technological wizardry, the robotic explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of Mars, steering itself to a gentle landing inside a giant crater for the most ambitious dig yet into the red planet’s past. An amazing feat!

But don’t you just love the above cartoon! Hehe! I mean, how far away is Mars? Well, because of elliptical orbits the distance between Mars and Earth can vary from 36 million miles to 250 million miles. So?  Do we really know what’s happening up there? 😉  Hey, maybe those little guys ARE fooling us!

What have you heard about church, the Bible, Jesus, God? Is everything you’ve heard true? Even if some is…is it all true? And consider, you might make some pretty serious decisions based on what other people tell you. I want to encourage you to check out everything for yourself. Listen to what others say. Read what others say. THEN. Read and study the Bible for yourself. The church you attend should be spurring you to check out everything in the Bible that is preached or taught there.

Here’s the bottom line. Only God can change your life in a way that improves every aspect of it. A human being? Nope. Be concerned with what God says. He always delivers the truth.

Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. Psalm 146

The Big Engine That Could

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true. 2 Timothy 3

Chacha. iBoogie. Mamma. Whozat. Duckduckgo. Know what these are? They are just a few of the many, many search engines on the internet. Of course we know all the familiar ones like Google and Yahoo. They’re such a quick and convenient way of finding information. We’ve even added a new verb to the English language, “google.” When we find some knowledge on the internet, we say, “I googled it.” So…what if you google the word “God.” Well, you would get over 1.8 billion hits! Wow! But, all the information you read would not be true. A lot would be opinion. Some true, some part-true, some false.

 

If there were a search engine in the Bible…hmmm, what would that be called? Godhoo? Biboogie? Whatever. If you searched the word “God,” everything you read would be true. That’s one of the unique things about the Bible. Maybe, that’s why every year it’s the most sold book in the world. It’s hard to tell what’s true and what isn’t in our world. Do you ever, when you see something on the internet or tv, think: “Oh yeah? How do YOU know that’s true?!” And, you don’t really believe that information. Not so with the Bible. It’s true.

 

As you open your laptop today or turn on your tv…when you come in contact with all that misinformation. Isn’t it nice to know there is a source in our world that always tells it straight up true. The Bible.

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