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Truths of the Catholic Church series

The Word made flesh

In John 14:6, Jesus said ĎI am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.í.

What is truth? If we look at the simple mathematical statement of 1 plus 1 equals 2, we find out the following about truth:

  • All truth is never changing Ė it does not change from generation to generation; from community to community; from person to person (Mt 5:17-18)
  • All truth existed prior to man Ė prior to man declaring, judging or opinionating on it. (Jn 17:24)
  • Truth is not subject to change based upon manís opinion: it ignores manís opinion as to whether 1 plus 1 should equal any value other than 2. (Mt 16:13-14)
  • All truth existed prior to anything physical; such as the planets and the universe. In the darkest voids of space, the truth of 1 plus 1 remains. (Gen 1:1)
  • All truth will continue to exist after man and for all time. (Rev 1:8 and 1 Jn 2:25)
  • Truth does not contain deception or fraud (Mk 9:7; Is 53:9; 1 Peter 2:22)

 

Where does truth come from?

  • All truth is discovered or revealed, not created (Mt 16:15-17)
  • The source of truth is the essence, reason or rationality of God  (Jn 1:14)
  • If truth had been created by God, then it would be changeable Ė the artist or storyteller can change his creation. If created, 1 plus 1 could equal some other value (Jn 1:2 and 1 Peter 1:25)
  • By being of the essence of God, then like God, truth has no beginning, it is never changing and never ending  (Rev 1:8 and Rev 1:17-18)
  • Truth proceeds from truth
    • as fire proceeds from fire
    • as light proceeds from light
    • as speech (words) proceed from reason  (Gen 1:1-3 and Jn 1:1-5)

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh

Like man in every way except sin (1 Jn 3:9; Heb 4:14-15)

What is manís responsibility towards truth?

  • Manís responsibility is to:
    • Seek to truly discover
    • Strive to understand with his heart
    • Live, conform to, unite with and convey truth, which is the essence of God. 
    • (Mt 13:13-16; Jn 4:22-24 ; Jn 6:45; Jn 17:19-23; Jn 14:6)



 
 

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