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Do You Desire Comfort Or Truth?

Much of society has abandoned the idea of absolute truth – at least as far as morality is concerned.  Higher education has bowed its knee to the religion of personal pragmatic truth.  Our youth have adopted the attitude that, “Whatever seems to work for me is my truth.”  We have forgotten that truth does not change with the winds of public opinion.

“The truth is incontrovertible.  Malice may attack it.  Ignorance may deride it.  But in the end, there it is.” (Winston Churchill)

Truth is the foundation of all knowledge.  Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) “For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world-to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” ((John 18:37) Jesus Christ offers the world a choice between truth and lie.  You can embrace only one, not both.  Whatever your opinion may be, there is only one absolute truth.

The denial of absolute truth is not only self-contradictory, it is destructive and evil.  We see the consequences of such worldviews in men like Adolf Hitler who said, “There is no such thing as truth either in the moral or the scientific sense.”  Contrast this view with C. S. Lewis’ statement: “If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth – only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.”  The greatest tragedy is that the soft soap, wishful thinking, and despair are the breeding grounds of men like Hitler.  “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.” (Romans 1:18)

Do not waste your life in the make-believe world of your own vanity.  There is nothing more beautiful than absolute moral truth and when we do not defend it, we suppress it.  Sit at the feet of Christ who is Truth itself.  Do not forget – you are called to love God with your entire mind.  Jesus said, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)

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