Does The Truth Really Matter?

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The Truth Just Ahead

We think so. We believe that finding truth and following it can mean everything, both in this life and on into eternity. Isaiah the prophet wrote almost 3000 years ago:

 So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter. Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey. The LORD looked and was displeased that there was no justice. (Isaiah 59:14,15)

According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, truth is that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. Some truths are easy to verify. In mathematics, 2 +2 = 4 is a truth that merits universal acceptance.

But think about your own life today. How many times have you sought the truth and weren’t able to find it? Your hard-earned money is precious and you want to make the best decision—the best food, the best clothes, the best place to live, the best insurance to buy, the best schools, and so forth. In the end, you couldn’t prove you made the best decision based upon truth. This is because personal values and opinions often govern choices—even more than truth. In cases like the ones above there is often plenty of room for opinion. The choices you make work just fine.

Some choices we make matter more. Consider the people we elect to serve in different levels of government. They way they lead and the decisions they make have huge consequences for all of us in areas like healthcare, taxes, immigration, foreign policy, and our justice system to name a few.

Going a step forward, how about the question of worldview? From your perspective, what is life all about anyway? How did the universe come into being and how do we fit in? Who’s in charge? Did everything that exists come into being in accordance with the Big Bang Theory or is there a Designer. If there is a God, can we know him? Our world has a number of major religions. Which one is true, or is it possible they’re all true and the one we pick really doesn’t matter?

Finding truth is no easy task. It has never been—not today, not yesterday, not last year, nor last century. Mining truth requires effort, and lots of it. And it certainly necessitates looking in the right places.

Over 150 years ago, Henry David Thoreau made the following statement: Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I agree with him.

In the coming days, we will explore many areas of life in an effort to locate the truth about things that matter. We invite you to join us.

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