There is a sad reality
That I don’t know
What we can do about it;
It is the fact that
No matter how good
You may be,
Will like you;
Or speak good of you;
No matter how brilliant
You may be,
You will not succeed
No matter how hard
Success will not always come.
You have to take things
As they come,
And not as you want them
That is life;
The complexity of life.
More often than not,
The things that we want
Don’t easily come to us;
The things we don’t want,
Are the things
That easily come our way;
That is the sad reality
Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him. John 18:37-38 [ESV]
Last week I began this special series with a reflection on the virtue of beauty. In my eagerness to begin, I neglected to mention some basic information.
This is the second of seven contemplations on various virtues and their meanings for our lives. There may be others who will disagree on whether seven is too many or not enough.
I would reply that seven seems sufficient to cover the basics for a practical understanding. It is, after all, considered by many to be the number of completion in Scripture.
These are biblical and philosophical musings from this author’s interpretations and point of view. It is my sincere hope that these can prove edifying to others who chance upon them.
In the modern age, perhaps the most difficult task in life is to correctly identify truth. One obvious reason is today’s overload of information, both true and false, appearing in various formats on the internet.
However, it is vital for every person to be able to determine what is true just to live each day. According to dictionary.com, the word truth is defined as,
1.the true or actual state of a matter: He tried to find out the truth.
2.conformity with fact or reality; verity: the truth of a statement.
3. a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like: mathematical truths.
There are many other dictionary entries for “truth,” but these are the most basic which apply to all the others. The first definition is the least useful because it defines truth as, well, what is true.
Entries 2 and 3 define truth as a concept. Truth is comprised of facts that best comport with what is real.
On a practical level, most people understand that truth must align with reality. Yet the question of Pilate still resonates with many when he asks, “What is truth?”
I believe this is because knowing what truth is seems easier than identifying the truth among the chaos around us. In order to successfully navigate toward identifying truth, we must first understand that truth is absolute.
The Absolute Truth
The truth about truth is that it cannot be denied. Truth is an absolute. This means that truth exists independent of acknowledgment.
In other words, the truth about anything or anyone exists even if no one sees it or agrees with it. This assertion goes against the prevailing leftist view that truth is relative to one or more viewpoints.
The common refrain from the Left is characterized by the statement, “There is no such thing as absolute truth.” The correct response to that statement is, “Nonsense.”
It is nonsense because it is a self-defeating statement. If there is no absolute truth, then even the statement, ‘there is no absolute truth,’ is untrue.
If one claims this statement is true, then we know there is at least one absolutely true fact. However, it is the fact that no truth is absolute!
Truth deals in reality, in facts and actualities of what is and what is not. However, identifying the truth often means dealing with falsehoods and distortions of the truth.
Faith and the Truth
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 [ESV]
The falsehoods and distortions of the truth exist all around us. In order to both identify and deal with them, we must be intimately familiar with what is actually true.
It is much like someone in a bank who must determine which bills or coins are counterfeited. In order to accomplish this, they must know every possible facet of a real bill or coin.
Yet, even the expert can be fooled by a thorough enough deception. The truth about truth is absolute, but it is also impossible for imperfect humans to know the truth perfectly.
Even science recognizes this and it is reflected in the classic scientific method. What we know as scientific ‘fact’ has been subjected to a process of testing designed to disprove the hypothesis or theory or even a scientific ‘law.’
The reasoning is that if a proposition, such as the Law of Gravity, can have serious doubt cast upon it with an experiment, it is likely incorrect. If that cannot be done, it is very likely correct and true.
Therefore, though the truth is absolute, the certainty of the truth is not. Why not? Because all of us process our environment by placing some faith in our senses to give us correct information.
In fact, that is what human beings have to do to live life at all. Sensory input tells us that we do not exist alone, that we live with others as co-workers, friends, families, and foes.
The only alternative to this is living as though everything and everyone else we see or hear is an illusion of our own mind. Though that is an entertaining concept as seen in the fictional film “The Matrix,” it is not reality.
We are not like the character of Neo in that film. We cannot simply ‘take the red pill,’ to know the truth.
How Can We Know the Truth?
How can we bridge the gap between the truth that exists and our knowledge of that truth? There is no way to do so by relying on human sources alone.
Human knowledge and searching can take us far along the road to truth, but not to the point of perfect assurance. To get there, we must travel the less comfortable path which goes beyond the senses.
Jesus put it this way when speaking to His disciples,
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:16,17 [ESV]
The ultimate, absolute truth is found through the Holy Spirit’s guidance. That guidance is available solely by trusting in God the Son, Jesus Christ.
A few verses prior to the above citation, Jesus says this,
…I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 [ESV]
The truth that is necessary to go about everyday life can be garnered from many human sources. The ultimate truth which gives real meaning to life can only be realized through faith in the One who declares He is both the way and the life as well as the truth, Christ the Lord.
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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P.S: I am eternally grateful for serenity and I see that in all the poems I write these days regardless of the circumstances. This poem oh my is in one of those my special categories, indeed YOU ARE BEST WHEN YOU ARE: YOU
You will be criticized, That’s inevitable; People will laugh at you; You can’t stop that; You will be condemned; This is a fact; People will gossip About you, Whether you like it Or not; These are life’s realities; And you take them Or you leave them; I tell you, my friend; Take them; Take them as best you can.
What are you thinking about
Are you thinking about
The things that are going right
Or the things that are going wrong?
Are you thinking about winning
Or about losing;
Are you thinking about success
Or about failure?
Are you thinking about the difficulties you have
Or about the solutions
To the difficulties you have?
Watch what you are thinking;
Watch what you often think;
For what you think about most,
Has a way of becoming reality
In your life.
“Pretending to be someone, have something, or feel anything all starts with our imagination and dreams. The only way pretending becomes reality is when you believe and do what is necessary to have what you want and become the person you want to be.” -Michael J. Fite
For today’s inspiration, I want to share with you how can you turn pretend into reality now. Pretending is a way for people to experience a different possibility to life than what is already in front of them. It is important to find ways use your pretending to your advantage so that you are able to bring your talents to reality.
Remember that pretending can only take you so far unless you are willing to do what it takes to transform what you want from pretending to reality.
Please click on my link below to view today’s inspiration.
Michel Montecrossa says about ‘Talking Laughing Love World Action’:
“I wrote ‘Talking Laughing Love World Action’ at a time when the world’s doped rulers entered a new round of bizarre inhumanity stunts making clear once more how much they are out of touch with the people’s reality. This New-Topical-Song is about no more broken heart syndrome for Korea, America, Syria, Mali and the World Estate.”
Talking Laughing Love World Action
Talking Laughing Love World,
Laughing Love World Action, I say,
is the name of my song I will sing for you today.
Love World is pushing boundaries,
is unlocking our potential world.
Its action is almighty if we know how to dare.
Love World Action means relation great
of our soul divine with our human vital nerve.
Love World Action is laughing and smiling,
brings into the play the next step of evolving.
The step that makes it easy for all nations to unite,
for love in us is taking delight
as we can take delight in our lover‘s love and light.
North Korea and America
suddenly can change their way uptight
as can Syria and Mali and the whole wide World Estate.
No more broken heart syndrome,
no more pain of normal hate.
No more separation from
Love World Action’s Laughing Might.
I believe in smiles and bring love into every night.
Talking Laughing Love World,
Laughing Love World Action, I say,
is the name of my game,
the light that saves every day.
Come on, baby! Let’s always stay
on the Bright Earth laughing
with Love World Action great.
You move in the shadow of the tree.
Victorious you came home.
Light won against the dark world.
On the meadow you hear the voices
of your children playing and laughing.
They dance with the butterflies
and don’t know any sorrow.
You look at them and see
the true face of soul and dreams,
of life and destiny.
There’s no reason anymore
for darkness and pain.
The Bright Earth is another reality.
A future of love and strength
is humanities’s destiny.
A green paradise of peace and joy,
of creative happiness and free growth
into the infinite world of a new awareness,
of nearness to god and his dreams,
of liberated soul and life power
of earth’s destiny.
It’s the same planet, but all has changed,
all is new, love reborn and free.
There is this new reality, is total refuge.
There is hope and a new way to be.
You move in the light of dawn.
The earth is still awakening
and you can’t find the words to say what you feel.
It’s a strong and beautiful storm of light.
Morning glow in your face.
You feel the warmth.
Morning glow in your eyes.
You see the light.
Your dreams fly like birds
over the landscape of your soul.
The wind touches your face.
You move and look and wonder.
You know this other reality.