So, yesterday I was talking about Truth…..and truth. “Big T Truth” and “little t truth” Big T truth as in….it is what it is. Little t truth as in…my perception is my reality.
Martin Zender talked about truth in a book Keith was reading…."How To Be Free From Sin While Smoking a Cigarette" I glanced through the book a week or so ago. The part that caught my eye was the chapter about truth. Truth is Truth. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't matter how we feel about a Truth. Our feelings are subjective. Just because we feel something is true...that does not necessarily mean it is. (and visa versa)
Our feelings alone do not determine TRUTH. Our (possibly distorted) feelings about the Truth doesn’t change what’s True. We might not like it…It might make us kind of pissy but our feelings do not negate Truth. Truth is objective. Truth is truth no matter how we feel about it. Big T truth…objective. Little t truth…subjective.
I think the point Zender (whose real name, by the way, is really Jeff Priddy....Zender is his "stage name") is trying to make is that Jesus defeated sin on the cross...whether we believe that or not. Whether we act like it or not it is True. But that is not exactly the point I am getting at.
My point? Many Christians will not accept something as Truth if it is not conveyed in Christianese. They will sometimes outright deny a TRUTH if it is proclaimed by someone they consider new age or heretical or from another faith "inferior" to Christianity. But just because they turn their noses up at it….denounce the package it comes wrapped in....even consider it dangerous....none of that makes it any less True.
I like to find the common strand running through the different teachers and faith traditions and sacred writings because it so magnifies God to me. In him we truly do live and breathe and have our being. He is omnipresent...everywhere. And we can find him in many faith traditions if we bother to look…..
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
When all these voices, timeless, diverse and sundry, are saying the same thing in a different way, shouldn't it make one pause and consider if that adds credence to what they are saying? True, a lone voice in the wilderness can proclaim TRUTH....and Truth is not determined by a majority vote....but these similar strands that keep showing up in the tapestries of so many different belief systems and paradigms should make one pause to ponder what is the True good news of the gospel.
And is the Bible the only place it can be found?