Rob Horton in his blog shared that he's begun to question his belief in the Bible as well as some foundational beliefs of our Christian faith. When I first read it, I've got to admit, I felt my heart stop momentarily. Good thing for you, Rob, that I didn't comment right away or else I might have been tempted to hit you over the head with my KJV and shout at you, "What's your problem?" Seriously, though, Rob is a great guy and I've known him for a couple of years through a forum of which we're both a part. I'm not really concerned about him since I'm sure Father will reveal Himself to him in a way that will be meaningful to him and will ground him further in Father's love.
I posted a comment on Rob's blog saying that I also have some questions about the New Testament. I really don't want to get into a discussion about my questions in this blog so, to ease everyone's minds, I don't question that the writers of the NT were inspired by God in what they wrote and that the truths they shared can help me to know Father better. In this post, I really want to discuss what is truth.
Dictionary.com defines truth as "the true or actual state of a matter: He tried to find out the truth."
Truth is something that cannot be disputed. It's the state of a matter. It's the way things really are. The problem is that our perception of truth can vary. I can look at a situation and come to a conclusion about it and someone else can look at the same situation and come to a totally different conclusion. Our response is based on our perception of truth and not on the truth itself.
Joel posted a blog about persecution which was very good. His blog reminded me that as believers, particularly believers who are fully committed to growing in grace, we will experience persecution. In the last 10 years, I've found that much of what I believe has been shaken and has either been refined or it's been completely tossed aside since it couldn't stand against the truth regarding grace and Father's love and acceptance.
The goal of persecution is to get us to change what we believe and to accept the status quo. If I'm to stand up against the persecution, then it's critical that I actually know what I believe. A second hand faith won't make it through the fire of persecution. What I believe has to be ingrained in me because I actually believe it to be true and not because someone told me it's true.
Religion has trained us to accept a second hand faith. We believe it because the pastor told us it's true and we've learned to ignore and put down those nagging feelings that arise when something doesn't seem quite right. The problem with this is we never really know what we believe. We believe it because we're Baptist or Methodist or whatever label we wear.
Questioning is never comfortable. It forces us to give up all illusions of control yet I believe it's a necessary part of growth. I don't think Father is as concerned about our doubts as we are because He knows that the only way we'll arrive at truth is by questioning, even if our questions may seem heretical to some.
I want to know truth and I want it from His perspective. If I have to go through the discomfort of having my treasured beliefs shaken so that all that remains is His truth, with much fear and trembling, I say "I'm willing, Father. Whatever it takes."