“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 (NLT)
Plato wrote, “When the mind’s eye rests on objects illuminated by truth and reality, it understands and comprehends them, and functions intelligently: but when it turns to the twilight world of change and decay, it can only form opinions, its vision is confused and its beliefs shifting, and it seems to lack intelligence.” (Republic)
I find this quote especially interesting in light of our Postmodern culture. Today it seems that everything is relative. The media generates billions of dollars each year by pitting opinion against opinion on our talk shows and 24/7 news channels. Like the group at Mars Hill (Acts 17,) we spend all day discussing the latest opinions, but never coming to conclusions that will help us move forward in our lives.
Long before Plato, the Bible exonerated truth as something highly valued and sought after. The Hebrew word “aman” (a.k.a. “amen”) from which truth is often translated, means “to confirm” or “support.” The conveyed concept is a foundation that is reliable – one from which other things can be built without fear of collapse.
Ask yourself these questions: Does my life have real meaning and purpose? Am I building on rock (truth) or on sand (opinion)? (Matthew 7:24-27) Am I truly free, or am I captive to shifting opinions that never lead me to solid decisions and good life-choices? (James 1:5-8) Is my mind’s eye rested on an object illuminated by truth and reality (hint: Jesus)? Do I know the truth? Am I free?
Heavenly Father, thank You for each reader. I pray they have been challenged today, to consider the foundation of their life. I pray they realize that You alone are the Rock from which our lives can be successfully built. All other ground is sinking sand. Bless each person today and make Yourself real to them. In Jesus Name I ask. Amen (confirm it Lord)!