There is an expression being used today by many celebrities and those in some spiritual communities that describe their philosophical, religious or personal beliefs. “My truth.”
“My truth” speaks to one’s own experiences. It is subjective. And is often used to justify almost any kind of belief or religious practice, no matter how bizarre.
When “my truthers” are challenged they respond, “Well, that’s your truth. But it’s not my truth.”
In one of the great texts of the Bible Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (Jn 8:32).
What is missed by New Agers and Free Thinkers, is that Jesus, the Son of God, came to this earth, sent by the Father, as the embodiment of Truth. On another occasion, He clearly affirmed, “I am the Way. The Truth. And the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (Jn 14:6).
Those who speak of “your truth” and “my truth” reject “the truth.” The objective revelation was given by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. They believe there are many ways to God. One religion is just as good as another. In fact, some would say that no religion is better. Just be true to yourself.
It is relativism gone to seed. And its fruit is being seen in many who are now rethinking scripture and “thinking outside the box.” I like what Ed Harrell once quipped, “Before you think outside the box, you better know what’s inside the box.”
Jesus affirms there is such a thing as “the truth.” It is called “the truth of the gospel” which the Colossians heard, believed, and obeyed. To the Ephesian saints, Paul put it this way: “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise” (Eph 1:14).
Too many are influenced by celebrities, listening to televangelists, and reading popular books that are leading them away from the Truth. More time spent in reading the Bible would produce greater knowledge, deeper faith, and stronger convictions.
It is important to realize that we can know truth. It is discernible. Understandable. And recognizable. We can distinguish it from error. Truth is not ambiguous. Flexible. Fluid. Or obscure. The Bible affirms that we can understand its message when we really read and examine its contents (Eph 3:3-5).
It is important to understand that knowing the Truth will set us free. It will free us from the bondage, burden and blame of sin. It will free us from Satan’s snare. It will free us from guilt and shame. It will free us from fear and futility. It will free us from human tradition. And it will free us from our own selfish desires, fleshly allurements, and carnal enticements.
Clinging to the popular notions of “your truth” and “my truth” will not ultimately satisfy the soul. Because there is no standard. Nothing absolute. Since it is subjective it is ever-changing. And new experiences lead us looking for something else. It is feeding at the empty husks of relativism. It leaves us empty. Hallow. And spiritually malnourished.
When the voice of this world’s philosophy sounds louder than the voice of God, turn it off. Turn back to Jesus. And turn your attention to “the Truth.”
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman