Sunday, October 11, 2020

Religious Confusion

The next two weeks in this study will revolve around "Religious Confusion" - the causes of which will be stated to be a misunderstanding of the nature of truth, a lack of love, unbelief, and nonobedience (not disobedience).

Tozer spends an appropriate amount of time focusing on the first of these causes - misunderstanding of the nature of truth.

It is the height of hubris to believe that we can explain philosophically the nature of truth.  Academics and pseudo-academics have tried for years to construct approaches and processes to comprehend and to put into a system of classification types of truth.

Post modernism (something only partially envisioned by Tozer) seems to have given up on this pursuit and taken the easy way out by denying that there is any truth.  In postmodern thought truth is ultimately relative to each and every individual - your truth, my truth, his truth, her truth, this truth, that truth, the truth we choose to believe, etc.

The greatest of minds throughout history have long held (and continue to do so) that there is but one ultimate Truth, an infinite reality that we, with our finite minds can hardly comprehend, but which boils down to the idea that 1. there is a God, and we are not him, and 2. that the greatest commandment is to love God and to love one another.

Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life reveals to us that truth is a moral and a spiritual reality and not just an intellectual curiosity.

The choice for us is not between which truth we are to believe, but whether we take the tact of Pilate who asks "what is truth?" (the post modern conundrum) or whether we take Jesus at his word when he states to Pilate: "Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."

Are we willing to be attentive to his word, to him who is the Truth?   

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