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In John's Gospel, Chapter eight and verse two, Jesus Christ says to his listeners, "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free". King Solomon says - as to his son, in Proverbs 3:3,

"Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart"

In John 17:17, Jesus says - speaking of God the Father, "Your word is truth", and then in John 18:37, "Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice". And again, in Deuteronomy 32:4, Moses writes that God is "a God of Truth". The word Truth is used in the Bible no less than 224 times.

In John Bunyan's all-time #2 best-seller, Pilgrim's Progress, Christian - the main character, and his companion Faithful are walking through Vanity Fair. As they pass through this ungodly mess, "One chanced mockingly, beholding the carriage of the men, to say unto them, "What will ye buy?" But they, looking gravely upon him, answered, "We buy the truth."." - quoting from Proverbs 23:23.

From this small selection of references, we see that the Bible holds truth in high esteem.

It should come to us as no surprise then, when we find that secular curriculums worldwide are striving to teach that there is no such thing as truth. The concept of truth is actively attacked and undermined. Students are informed that there is no ultimate truth, no right or wrong. There is only what they believe to be true and false - and what society believes to be right and wrong. No explanation is given for the obvious and inherent inconsistencies that result from this teaching. Some even say that "yes, there are right and wrong, true and false" - but that these are derived from Reason. All I can say to that is "what is Reason, and how do you know that it is necessarily true?".

Take the high-school students of today as a prime example of a generation without hope. I walk down the boulevards and can't do anything but feel an intense pity for the young people I see around me. They are sent to state-run schools, more often than not against their will. Here they are instructed in the religion of atheism. They are taught the gospel of evolution, whose logical conclusion is that it's students are merely advanced apes, evolved from slime an almost inconceivably long time ago. We are creating for ourselves a new generation of hopeless citizens. There is no ultimate purpose to their lives; there is only now and me.

We look around us and wonder why everything's falling to pieces. Why the child-abuse, the rapes, the murders, the suicides? Why do we have a binge-drinking problem? Well, without truth, can we even say that we have a problem?

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Blogger Rick said...

You're right. Without truth and man's grip on it no endevours are possible, including moral endevours.

All I can say to that is "what is Reason, and how do you know that it is necessarily true?".

Reason (the faculty which identifies and integrates the material provided by man's senses) is man's only means of perceiving reality, his only source of knowledge, his only guide to action, and his basic means
of survival.
-Ayn Rand

9:56 am, July 14, 2008 

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