Whenever I think of "Truth" I think of "Vitamin C". Here's why...
Between 1500-1700 over two million Europeans died from a disease called scurvy. It has always been a preventable disease. The cure for scurvy wasn't proven until 1960. It is now known that Vitamin C is the solution. Our bodies don't produce Vitamin C, but we can get it multiple different ways.
Are you able to identify Truth? If Truth is outside of us our ability to determine what it is could affect our eternal life!
DOCTRINE #28: TRUTH
Truth is a Right WHAT with a Right HOW/WHY. A fact is a Right WHAT. The ability to create comes from the HOW/WHY. Truth is a fact that creates. Truth is a fact that is good.
Question: Do you believe you are seeking a Right HOW/WHY?
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If you need it, here is the support from the Word of God...
"37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end have I been born, and to this end am I come into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find no crime in him." (John 18:37-38)
(People like to use this passage to say that no one knows the definition of truth. Pilate asked the question that the modern church has failed to answer for years. Those people who hear Jesus' words and create with them have heard the truth and DO the truth. If all truth is God's truth, then can I find truth outside of God and I never need him? Jesus was God's Son and everything He did created in the How/Why because Jesus knew that only God was GOOD, and only He can create. We need God whether we are aware of it or not.)
"24 Wherefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts unto uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonored among themselves:
25 for that they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen." (Romans 1:24-25)
(The Creator is the HOW/WHY. The created is the WHAT. The Creator is Right and Just, and cares more about the How/Why because it creates. A WHAT, a fact, is an effect, and if its TRUTH it has a Right How and a Right Why.)
"21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall ye worship the Father.
22 Ye worship that which ye know not: we worship that which we know; for salvation is from the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for such doth the Father seek to be his worshippers.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:21-24)
(Worshiping what you do not know is not true worship. "A God that can be understood is not God at all," when people say that do they know who they are worshiping? To worship in TRUTH means to do it with a Right What with a Right How/Why. Worship is a Right What, if you do not know who you are worshiping your Right WHAT is with a Wrong HOW/WHY.)
"23 And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother; and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.
24 And the woman said to Elijah, Now I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of Jehovah in thy mouth is truth." (1 Kings 17:23-24)
(When the woman saw that Elijah did something GOOD, she said she knew that the word of God in his mouth was truth. Good creates and evil destroys. So, it is possible for the Word of God in someone's mouth not to be truth. If someone claims to have the Word of God in their mouth it would only be a WHAT, unless it is truth, then it would create!)
"17 Sanctify them in the truth: thy word is truth." (John 17:17)
(The Word of God in God's Mouth is truth. God cannot lie. God is always Understanding and Wisdom. The "word" in this passage was logos (understanding). The word with understanding (WHY) is truth. The word without understanding was graphe. It is knowledge. The devil has knowledge, knowledge is a WHAT. The devil doesn't have understanding, he cannot create. The devil knows the word of God, he is even able to quote scripture because it is in him. The devil has knowledge, and can actually state reality. Is there TRUTH in the devil?)
"42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I came forth and am come from God; for neither have I come of myself, but he sent me.
43 Why do ye not understand my speech? Even because ye cannot hear my word.
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father it is your will to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and standeth not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof.
45 But because I say the truth, ye believe me not.
46 Which of you convicteth me of sin? If I say truth, why do ye not believe me?
47 He that is of God heareth the words of God: for this cause ye hear them not, because ye are not of God." (John 8:42-47)
(NO! There is no truth in the Devil. The Devil has knowledge, even knowledge of the Bible. In this passage Jesus talked about those that heareth the Words of God are of God. "Hear" meant to understand what was being said: facts that CREATED new facts. People who are of the Devil hear Jesus' Words and say that Jesus' Words are lies, when they themselves are the liar. Jesus stated the Pharisees could not understand nor believe the truth because they themselves had NO truth in them! They had a WHAT (following the Law) without a HOW/WHY. People who are OF God, hear from God; it is non-contradictory.
"22 Do they not err that devise evil? But mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good." (Proverbs 14:22)
(In order to do good, to create, you would need truth in you. You would need the Right HOW/WHY as causes. Mercy and truth require FAITH that God is Right and Just. If you did not believe that God was Just you wouldn't have mercy on people and you would look to even out justice yourself. If you did not believe that God is truth, then you would look for truth outside of God... which is a Right WHAT (searching for truth) with a Wrong HOW/WHY (without God).)
"9 Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name;
10 that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things under the earth,
11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:10-11)
(Everyone will believe Jesus because they see Him, this is a belief based on seeing and experience. Everyone, even those who don't have truth in them, will state a fact: Jesus Christ is Lord. However, this will not be truth for some because they still won't have the Right HOW/WHY, and they still won't go to heaven. Even though you SAY that Jesus Christ is Lord on earth does not necessarily mean that it is coming out in what you DO! Your actions prove what you believe. How is what you are learning on this blog affecting your beliefs/your actions?)
"8 For ye were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord: walk as children of light
9 (for the fruit of the light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth),
10 proving what is well-pleasing unto the Lord;" (Ephesians 5:8-10)
(The effect of light is goodness, righteousness, and truth. We saw goodness and righteousness are effects of Right and Just. Likewise, truth is an effect of right and just. Remember, the only way to please God is to believe that He IS and the rewarder of them that seek after Him; this is an application of FAITH. So, the effects of being well pleasing to God would be light, goodness, righteousness, and truth. All of these things create!)
"13 And for this cause we also thank God without ceasing, that, when ye received from us the word of the message, even the word of God, ye accepted it not as the word of men, but, as it is in truth, the word of God, which also worketh in you that believe." (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
(The word of men is a Right WHAT. The word of God is different. Again, word was logos, understanding. The LOGOS of God is a Right WHAT with at least a Right WHY and it works (results in creation) in those that have belief without seeing God, who have FAITH. Those who have faith the Right WHY (logos) can result in the Right HOW (wisdom).)
"5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; how know we the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7 If ye had known me, ye would have known my Father also: from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him." (John 14:5-7)
(Thomas asked HOW. Jesus responded with a famous statement. Then He gave the HOW and WHY, which proved HE is the Truth. Everything in this passage is about thinking/knowing. Thomas thought that in order to go the way he would have to see Jesus physically, this was belief because of seeing.)
"7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I go, I will send him unto you." (John 16:7)
(Again, Jesus demonstrated Truth (HOW/WHY) when He spoke of the Spirit of Truth. He told the disciples WHY He was leaving, WHY it would be to their determent if He stayed, and HOW the Spirit would come to take Jesus' place.)
"13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he shall guide you into all the truth: for he shall not speak from himself; but what things soever he shall hear, these shall he speak: and he shall declare unto you the things that are to come." (John 16:13)
(Jesus gave the HOW/WHY. Also, the Spirit of Truth can give future WHAT's because He understands the causes: the HOW/WHY. Do you remember what RHEMA meant?)
"43 For there is no good tree that bringeth forth corrupt fruit; nor again a corrupt tree that bringeth forth good fruit.
44 For each tree is known by its own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
45 The good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth that which is evil: for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
47 Every one that cometh unto me, and heareth my words, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like:
48 he is like a man building a house, who digged and went deep, and laid a foundation upon the rock: and when a flood arose, the stream brake against that house, and could not shake it: because it had been well builded.
49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that built a house upon the earth without a foundation; against which the stream brake, and straightway it fell in; and the ruin of that house was great." (Luke 6:43-49)
(Jesus stated those who are good speak the right WHAT and DO (HOW) because (WHY) they have a good treasure in their heart. Everything is planted in the heart, both good and bad. The rock can be seen as truth because it is a Right HOW; a Right HOW is wisdom. Notice, Jesus presented this truth with a parable: "The good man out of the good treasure..." Jesus wasn't speaking about a situation that actually happened. Jesus was not speaking REALITY. Some people say "Truth is reality". The Devil quoted the Bible correctly when he tempted Jesus in the desert. Actually, Jesus spoke a lot of truth without it being reality. In fact, the next verse shows that Jesus speaking a reality would make it NOT the truth!)
"31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true." (John 5:31)
(Would Jesus state a Wrong WHAT about who He was? No. Jesus would say, "I am the Son of God." However, if Jesus stated that directly/plainly, then He wouldn't be humble (Wrong HOW) and He wouldn't be trusting God (Wrong WHY). In the Bible, a prophet NEVER bore witness of himself. A prophet never stated to the people, "I am a prophet". So, Jesus said that if He stated a Right WHAT about Himself, His statement would NOT be true... because it would have a Wrong HOW/WHY!)
(What would you say about a group of people that crowned Jesus, knelt before Him, and said, "Hail, King of the Jews!" Would you say these people were honoring and/or worshiping Jesus? Actually, there was a group of people who did this Right WHAT!)
"27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium, and gathered unto him the whole band.
28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
29 And they platted a crown of thorns and put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand; and they kneeled down before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
30 And they spat upon him, and took the reed and smote him on the head.
31 And when they had mocked him, they took off from him the robe, and put on him his garments, and led him away to crucify him." (Matthew 27:27-31)
(However, they did this with a Wrong HOW/WHY. They did this by force in order to mock Jesus.)
We learned that it is not enough to have the Right SAY, you must also have a Right DO. Those who have their words match their actions are wise, those who do not, are HYPOCRITES!
Also, it is not enough to have a Right WHAT, you also need a Right HOW/WHY. What is a Right WHAT with a Wrong HOW/WHY called?