Is it Possible to Find Truth?

"What is truth?" This question has been asked through the centuries. It still haunts humanity. "Where is truth?" How do I know it when I see it, or hear it?

There are two basic resources that humankind possesses for finding and identifying truth.

(1) Observation. This includes the person's general knowledge gained from the environment, education, etc. and the scientific method of experimentation and data analysis.

(2) Reasoning abilities. Each person has an ability to think and to link bits of information together into a philosophy that helps govern life's decisions.

Both these abilities are limited. These limitations are well recognized by the Western Academic community. The current philosophy is that truth cannot be determined on an absolute basis. "There are no absolutes" is therefore the current Western philosophy.

However, to say, "There are no absolutes!" would seem to be an absolute statement. To say that no absolute anything exists anywhere assumes that the person making the statement has been everywhere and has accurately analyzed every bit of information that exists. Since such omniscience is impossible, it would seem impossible to prove or to accept such an absolute negative statement.

Attempts to determine the origin and purpose of the universe, of life, of humankind and the hereafter have been futile. No one observed creation; it has not been duplicated in a test tube (only in high school texts for the unwary). What is the origin of the human race? The fact that all human kind is basically identical in genetic make up, points not only to a common ancestor but to two of them who were alike genetically at the same time. The probability of that happening by accident is more remote than lightening from a major earth thunder storm striking the moon.

There remain many important questions that are unanswerable by human resources. Is there life after death? Does man have an eternal soul? Is God real? Will people be accountable to God in a final judgment?

Because of humankind's lack of ability to answer theses questions - God has given a Revelation, a written Word, available to be read or heard by anyone who is interested in finding TRUTH.

The Bible says concerning mankind's lack of ability in the Book of First Corinthians, Chapter 2:

"8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God."

The question, "What is truth?" was asked by the Roman Governor, Pilate, as he questioned Jesus; he asked Jesus the question, "What is Truth?" but gave Jesus Christ no opportunity for response; he immediately turned to the crowd and asked what he should do with Jesus. The mob began to chant, "Crucify him." (They wanted TRUTH destroyed.)

Pilate, like thousands of others, was face to face with TRUTH, asked a question and allowed no answer. (He evidently assumed that there was no absolute TRUTH available.)

The answer: Jesus Christ said, "I am the way, the TRUTH and the life. No man cometh to the Father but by me."

Jesus also said, "Thy WORD is TRUTH." Why does mankind continues to reject this TRUTH? Could it be because God's TRUTH is demeaning to the human ego, is condemning for the human destiny, and is demanding in its commandments? (Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not bear false witness {Not lie.}. Thou shalt not commit adultery.)

It is demeaning to each individual because TRUTH does not come from within any individual. No human being is capable of finding, identifying or following TRUTH. Mankind needs an exterior source in order to find TRUTH and an exterior help in order to follow the TRUTH.

God's TRUTH is condemning to the individual because the TRUTH states, "For all have sinned and some short of the glory of God" and, "The wages of sin is death."

It places a demand on each person because God said, "Thou shalt not bear false witness" and Jesus said, "Ye must be born again."

The secularist seems to believe in the basic assumption that God is not relevant to the universe or to mankind. Actually, to believe such an assumption is a wild leap of faith into the oblivion of mankind's inabilities and requires a faith in each individual's ability to analyze the totality of the universe, both seen and unseen, from a vantage point so small and obscure in the universe that it defies description.

The person who accepts God's Revelation, the Bible, exhibits a faith in God's reality and in His Revelation. While the initial personal contact with God is based on faith, the person who comes to God, finds that God is real. However, to find this reality, the individual must come to Jesus Christ and trust in His death as being sufficient for forgiveness from sin. The person then experiences a new life, and a daily fellowship with God. (God is real.)

When an individual meets God through Jesus Christ, the WORD of God becomes alive and comprehendible. The WORD of God, the Bible, is God's REVELATION to mankind. It was written to be preserved accurately and to be available to those who want to know God's TRUTH.

While the person who does not know God, defines God and His workings as being unreal, the person who knows God is aware of God's reality and becomes knowledgeable of God's will and workings as God's WORD, the BIBLE, is studied.

The Bible itself states: "14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth (discerns) all things, yet he himself is judged (discerned) of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ." (I Corinthians 2)

To find God is to begin to know God and His reality. God is the creator and sustainer of the universe. The Bible states in the Book of Colossians, (Chapter 1) "12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son (Jesus Christ): 14 In whom (Jesus) we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 (Jesus Christ) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence." (Colossians 1)

Where does a church fit into the picture? In the New Testament a "Church" was an assembly of people that had recognized Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the "Promised One" who died for sinners. Each "member" realized his/her own sin and sinfulness and had accepted the death of Jesus Christ as having died for his/her sin. They had accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. These "believers" made up an assembly; they were a "Church." In later years, "Church" became an organized system with a central government which ultimately dominated both the religious, political, and cultural practices.

Today there are thousands of "Churches" across the world that pattern their assemblies according to the New Testament models. A Church Finder lists hundreds of these churches. To find one near you that teaches the Word of God and proclaims its Truths, go to A Church Finder and enter your State and area. Travelers can use a highway as a search parameter. (I-10) or (Hwy-101), etc.

God has ordained that believers assemble together for worship, for hearing the Word proclaimed and taught, and for friendship with God's people. The believer is to hear God's Word taught accurately, and to be supported by people who also want to hear the Word and keep it. The church provides this fellowship with God's children; it is to teach the Word of God for encouragement and for knowledge of God's will, from His Word.

When choosing a church, ask these questions: Is it made up of people who love God? Does it proclaim His Message that all have sinned and need a Savior? Does it encourage the believers to follow God's will? Does it reach out to the needy? (Especially to those who need Jesus.)

The early apostles and believers assembled the first day of each week. If you are asking or have asked God to forgive your sin because Jesus died for your sin, you need to find a church that clearly teaches God's Word.

The churches listed with A Church Finder can help with a better understanding of what God has done for you and wants to do for you in the future. The Bible says, "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together;"
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