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Cosmic Quest for “Truth”
Part 3 of 4
Trinity Lutheran Church, Blanco
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 • Posted February 16, 2010

The most sought after answer today is to the question, “What is truth.” Before we examine truth we must have something to measure truth against. That would be the definition of a lie. The definition of a lie is, “A false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood. Something meant to deceive or give a wrong impression.” Bible is full of references to lies: Romans 7:11; II Thessalonians 2:10; Ephesians 4:22; and Hebrews 3:13.

So, a lie is deceitful and harmful to others and self. The first lie ever recorded is in Genesis 3:1-4. Since that day lies are more common among humans than is the truth. Are there times when a lie will serve God’s purpose better than the truth? Yes. I mentioned this to a couple this week and asked them what might be an occasion for a lie serving better than the truth. The wife said, “Well, when a wife puts on a special outfit and asks her husband, does this outfit make my backside look big?” Ladies, we are not going there.

A quest for the truth is called “veritology.” That comes from two words. The Latin “Veritas” [1] means truth. The Greek “Logos” means word. Therefore, “veritology” is the quest for the “word of truth.” The dictionary definition of truth is, “agreement with fact or reality.”

The purpose of a lie is to pervert or prostitute the truth. A lie is told in an effort to obscure the truth. Mark Twain said, “A lie can travel half way around the world, while the truth is putting on its shoes.” The Cosmic Battle that rages in the world and in this country is the war between truths and lies. Maybe what we need is “truth serum” used by police and intelligence officers. By the way, truth serum was invented by the Russian KGB. After being given truth serum people have no recollection of what they said. Truth serum was and is most often used to check the truthfulness of a country’s own agents. Hey, that is what we need to do. We need to administer some truth serum to our national congressmen and senators.

Is truth important? Well, the word is written 185+ times in the New Testament. Truth was of utmost importance to our “Founding Fathers.” In fact, this country was founded upon the principle of Biblical truth. Many who are trying to destroy this country deny that fact of truth.

God has a design for nations to prosper, Psalm 118:10-12. The “Founding Fathers” is a specific group of men who were the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention who signed the Declaration of Independence. Of the 55 “Founding Fathers” 28 were Episcopalians, 8 Presbyterians, 7 Congregationalists, 2 Lutherans, 2 Dutch Reformed, 2 Methodists, 2 Romans Catholics, 1 unknown, and 3 deists. When the USA was founded church membership required a person to publicly confess Biblical faith. “Founding Fathers” sought to set up a just society, not a Christian theocracy. President Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern…without God and the Bible. We can draw two conclusions from the “Founding Fathers.”

1. Christianity was the prevailing moral and intellectual influence shaping our nation.

2. The “Founding Fathers” did not give Christianity a privileged position. They believed Christians should be salt and light.

That means the problems with our culture are the result of Christianity in the 20th Century becoming a “Holy Club” rather than a mission minded people trying to take Jesus to the culture. Instead the culture brought their nonsense to the church. Scholars believe this nation could only be called a Christian Nation for the firs 150 years after the Constitutional Convention. The sad reality is this: authority was not stolen from us, we surrendered it through neglect. Os Guinness, theologian and scholar, said, “Christians have not been out-thought. Rather they have not been around when the thinking was being done.”

George Washington kept a prayer journal. Here is one of the entries, “Direct my thoughts, words, and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the lamb, and from the dross of my natural corruption, that I may more with freedom of mind and liberty of will serve, thee, the ever lasting God, in righteousness and holiness, this day, and all the days of my life.” What is the truth? Well our culture wants us all to think that our “Founding Fathers” did not believe in Jesus or have any religion.

Nelly Custis-Lewis, Washington’s adopted daughter said, “Is it necessary that any one should ask, “Did General Washington avow himself to be a believer in Christianity? As well may we question his patriotism, his heroic devoting to his country? His mottos were, ‘Deed, not Words’; and, ‘For God and my Country.”

[1] Sources: The Truth Project Dr. Del Tackett (Focus on the Family); Being the Body Dr. Charles Colson; Reason in the Balance Dr. Phillip E. Johnson; A Christian Manifesto Dr. Francis Schaeffer

(continued next week)

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