The Quest for Truth

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The Quest for Truth

I consider myself a knowledge seeker. When something interests me, I want to know more about it. I research it and learn what I can. I strive to instill this value in my children as well. Many topics have multiple points of view, and quickly conflicting information can be found. Sometimes, I have someone with more experience on the matter to rely on for clarification. Other times, I have to form the best judgment for myself based on the information provided. Still other times, when reading up on an issue that has me curious, I become emotionally charged, particularly when reading something in opposition to my belief system. I find myself thinking, “Well, that’s wildly taken out of context!” Yet, my very next thought is, “that other group probably says the same thing about my defense for my beliefs.” Whoa. Humbleness alert. Each party believes his/her perspective to be true. Sometimes we even use the same source to prove “truth.”

This seems especially true in the area of Religion and Spirituality. Everyone comes to the table with their own interpretation or agenda or motives. Is it even possible to lay all of our personal stuff aside and seek Truth together? Reading the Word simply for what it is, without concern for what this or that denomination or faction teaches, without focusing on what preacher so and so or brother what’s his face said? Could we walk away from such a study stronger, more convicted, and a better student of the Word? Could we become better equipped at our mission to seek and save the lost?

Lately, Christianity has taken a hit in America. While it’s clear America is no longer a “Christian nation” God remains sovereign and waits for all sinners to turn to Him in repentance. Believers should be responding in love and truth – but most importantly we should be responding, not sitting idly by! Believers ought to be sickened by the current state of the world, of the prevalent celebration of sin, the outright mockery of God’s creation. God wants His people to be reconciled to Him, but people value the labels they’ve created for themselves more. God’s design for His church is perfect. We the people, are not. We the people continuously create divisions, denominations, and distinctions that God never intended.

Where, then, do we turn in our quest for knowledge? How can we begin to heal the hurts, overcome the heartaches, and see beyond the despair of failure? Only by returning to the Creator Himself. Only by seeking Truth, without agenda, laying aside all preconceived notions, and being willing to forgive.

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20 thoughts on “The Quest for Truth

  1. Holly

    Thank you for sharing at Waiting on…Wednesday! We need Him now more than ever!

    Holly @ http://www.iwillservewhileiwait.blogspot.com
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    1. growin49_wp

      Amen!

  2. Chari

    Amen! I agree. We need to come together as Christians but that is hard when there are so many differing views ect.

    1. growin49_wp

      There is one God, one Word… people make it more difficult than it has to be, listening to other voices rather than simply taking God at His Word. Start by reading, with a clear mind – as much as possible. See what you can learn, challenge others around you to do the same.

  3. Christine Smith

    This is a good insight —
    I find myself thinking, “Well, that’s wildly taken out of context!” Yet, my very next thought is, “that other group probably says the same thing about my defense for my beliefs.” Whoa. Humbleness alert. Each party believes his/her perspective to be true. Sometimes we even use the same source to prove “truth.”

    1. growin49_wp

      Thank you. I hope you were also able to gain some new perspective or encouragement.

  4. Lori Schumaker

    Hi Angie,

    I think the fact that we live in a world where we can comment or speak instantaneously and are bombarded with opinions and beliefs, it has become more difficult to filter our emotions before responding. It’s scary in the social media world! Before this, people had time to hear, process, pray, and then respond in conversation. When our comments are directed at another human face to face, we see them as another person. The social media world makes it easier to forget we are dealing in real people and real emotions!
    Thanks so much for the awesome post!!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

    1. growin49_wp

      Absolutely! Not only is the human aspect removed but the information is so much faster. In a few clicks, we can receive any update from any slant we choose. People say anything, sometimes believing the anonymity of social media protects them, other times simply because they are trying to cause a stir. Thank you for your comment!

  5. Marissa

    Amen… It is a natural, human reaction to defend and react. But when we are truly ground in His Word we know that He is all powerful and is working all things for our good. So what we see as horrible and bad, is still in His control. It’s hard to understand, but wisdom is sitting still and listening. What are those who are changing the tides really asking for? Our we showing them the love the Bible calls us to show?

    Thank you for sharing your insights.

    Marissa

    1. growin49_wp

      In all times/seasons, we have to be careful both in our reactions and in changing just for the sake of “progression.” God is still in control. His timing and patience with us so very hard to understand. I love how you said that – Wisdom is still and listening. Everyone with a talking point may do well to sit down and be quiet for a while.

  6. Roxanne

    God’s kingdom isn’t going anywhere. I agree with the commenter who said christians tend to knee-jerk react to things. It reminds me of Jen Hatmaker’s quote (paraphrasing) People may hate us because of Jesus, but let’s not give them a reason to hate Jesus because of us.

    Standing the test of time is a true mark of a believer. Whether or not we conform is huge. BUT remaining people who love God’s children is imperative.

    1. growin49_wp

      God’s Kingdom isn’t going anywhere, God isn’t changing, and His Word remains infallible! Sharing the truth in love and with kindness IS essential in times like these. Great comment!

  7. Jolleen Ruiz

    Our Pastor at church sent out an email the day after the ruling to all of the members, just to make sure everyone knew where we as a church stood on the decision. We cannot conform to the world just because it’s the popular thing to do. We need to be strong right now, more than ever. Thanks for the post!

    1. growin49_wp

      I am glad you are part of a congregation willing to take a stand. It is disheartening the number that either are not or that are floundering or outright changing Scripture! Thank you for stopping by and glad you enjoyed the post.

  8. Jelli

    Yep, the times are getting tricky. Like my pastor said the other day, Christians used to be the “home” team. Laws were mostly according to the Bible. Now, we’re on the “visiting” team and have to learn to live Biblically despite everything countercultural that we’ll have to deal with.

    1. growin49_wp

      I like that. The “visiting team.” The biggest fact remains, we are not dealing with new sin. The issue is the sin in the world is being so openly celebrated like never before. I don’t know if it’s more difficult now than in the first century, but living counterculture is also spelled out in Scripture.

  9. Andi

    i’m thinking of that Bible verse that says – “sanctify them by Your truth – Thy Word is truth”! 😀

    1. growin49_wp

      Right on!

  10. Melanie

    I agree that Christians need to respond. I think there’s a difference between responding in love, and simply reacting, and unfortunately too many of us are simply reacting.

    1. growin49_wp

      Exactly, Melanie! Many years ago, I heard a speaker say, “When you hear or see something you disagree with you can act, react, or interact.” People on every side of the issue are doing too much reacting and not enough Acting in love or Interacting and really listening to each other.

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