In my previous blog post I shared about my new Podcast Program and Blog entitled “Engagement with Truth”. I guess we should start there…with the definition of truth.
Let’s talk turkey about the word truth. In other words, truth is serious business!
There is much dialogue in today’s society about whether or not there is such a thing as truth. Comments like “Truth is relative” or “My truth is my truth and your truth is your truth”. Huh? Really? My one response to both of these comments is a resounding “Is that a true statement?” Here is an interesting definition of truth taken from the Urban Dictionary:
Truth is something which would probably upset a great many of people if it were known and made public.
Truthfully speaking, most people have no idea of what the truth actually is.
Now Webster’s tried and true definition:
Truth is the actual state of a matter or that which conforms with fact or reality.
In other words, a chair is a chair. A sunny day is a sunny day. A dog is a dog. As opposed to the Urban Dictionary’s idea that we can have no idea what it is.
I am an inductive Bible study teacher. I instruct students to observe, interpret and apply the text of the Bible. That is my goal for the readers here and I plan to share more of the “how to’s” of this method as we progress in our “engagements with truth”. I can’t describe a dog, or even a breed of dog (I am partial to most all dogs, but have a special love for little “puggies”), if I have never observed or seen one.
Soon I will be releasing a new Podcast where we will be studying the Gospel of John together…inductively…in bite-sized pieces. John has a lot to say in regard to truth. Let me leave you with one of his statements…
Jesus said to him (Thomas), “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6
Here is your first “engagement with truth” assignment. By the way, you have to trust me with the why’s of these exercises for now. Stick with me and they will make a whole lot of sense in the near future.
EWT (Engagement with Truth)
1-Reread this blog post and circle every reference to truth.
2-How many times is truth mentioned?
3-What do you learn about truth?
4-WHO is the truth? And if HE is the truth, do you believe it is a reality?
5-If you believe it is (it’s OK if you don’t now, if anything you will learn a new way to study any type of reading material) how does your life reveal that you believe Jesus is the Truth?
I would love for you to share some answers to the questions above in the comment section.
Enough for today…coming soon…”Engagements with Truth in the Gospel of John”
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