Once you subscribe to a truth that God exist. Then you have to accept that there is a precept or doctrine that supports that truth. If not, why believe? What is your evidence? What supports your claim? What is the unshifting foundation of your faith that supports that truth?
If all you have is a concept of truth – then you are instinctively framing a personal perception of God into your life so it comfortably fits and does not disrupt or violate how you truly desire to live. But a precept and fundamental understanding of the truth compels you to submit to a sovereign decree that guides your principles, your thinking, and most importantly your actions – spiritually reshaping your entire worldview. (Romans 12:2, Romans 8:1-39)
Now some would ask: What’s wrong with having a personal relationship with God? Absolutely nothing. The problem is when our personal relationship is based on how can I conveniently fit God in my life while still preserving my personal and secular passions and appetites. Therefore you have never submitted to a sovereign truth, but instead have made yourself a sovereign, curator of truth.
So perhaps we should ask: “If this is indeed what is true, how do I make God the center of my life?” If I was made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26) then I must be a reflection of God and not a result of what the world says it’s okay for me to be. (Matthew 5:16)
Your personal worldview should never affirm the truth, but the truth should affirm your world view.
Why waste your time accepting a truth, only to desperately or fervently make it “your own personal truth”. Once it becomes your truth it is no longer absolute because it shifts as you shift. Your truth will constantly adjust to how you feel and if your world view changes then your truth changes. Therefore your truth is not actually who you are, but how you feel at that moment. (1 John 1:6-10)
Scripture teaches us that Jesus is the eternal Word of life. (1 John 1:1-5, Philippians 2:16) Our faith is grounded on the knowledge that affirms us that He is the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6) There is absolutely nothing subjective about an unchanging, immovable and eternal truth. Thankfully, the Word was made physical in Jesus so that we do not have to subscribe to an emotional truth, but a real and absolute certainty based on eyewitnesses. (2 Peter 1:16-21, 1 John 1:1-5) This evidence allows us to have faith in the truth and no longer be chained to our emotions. (John 8:32-36)
When scientists present a theory or claim based on what is perceived as evidence, many would ask us to vehemently without question submit to that claim and accept it as truth, even if they know that future evidence can challenge and eventually modify or completely disprove that theory. Yet, we’ll blindly accept that as truth until future findings refute or firmly support that claim.
As a believer, it is absolutely impossible for me to separate historical evidence from experiential evidence. The two work in concert with each other. If the truth matters, then the historical manuscripts have to matter, biblical archeology has to matter, and most importantly my experiences that resist material hypotheses have to matter.
The truth is eternal and unchanging – that is the only way it can be accurately defined as truth. Truth and love does not exist because we exist – truth and love exist because God exist. (Ephesians 4:13-15) We cannot come under the knowledge of truth by creating personal truths that will perish when we perish, but we can be spiritually reborn into an imperishable truth that gives us eternal life, and a compassionate understanding of life. (John 3:16)
To know the truth is to live the truth, and to live the truth is to live for God.
Rise Forward Question:
Do you believe there is no such thing as truth and it is merely subjective or personal? If so, do you understand that if you make that “claim”, you are actually presenting a “truth claim” and my response to you would be: “Is that claim true?”
Rise Forward Quotes:
“We are either in the process of resisting God’s truth or in the process of being shaped and molded by his truth.” – Charles Stanley
“The history of science shows that theories are perishable. With every new truth that is revealed we get a better understanding of Nature and our conceptions and views are modified.” – Nikola Tesla
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” – Buddha
“Science makes no pretension to eternal truth or absolute truth.” – E. T. Bell