In the absolute sense, TRUTH (or “Absolute Truth”) is the reality or ‘being’ of everything that actually exists, seen and unseen, that they are actually ‘there’, exerting or having the potential to exert influence and activate the principle of cause and effect (Romans 8:28; Colossians 1:16; 2:10; Ephesians 6:10-11; 1:18-22). Hmm! This peculiar reality of Truth (I like calling TRUTH “The Awesome PHENOMENON”) necessarily calls for ‘Its’ clear dissection, analysis and evaluation. In my discovery and study of Absolute Truth, I discovered from the Scripture, the existence of ‘compartments’ within ‘It’. These compartments are; ‘Positive Truth’, ‘Negative Truth’, and ‘Fact’.
I’ve defined TRUTH (or Absolute Truth). Now, what is positive truth? Positive truth is the reality or being of the principle of light, good or right. Negative truth is the ‘reality’ or ‘being’ of the principle of darkness, wrong, bad or evil (falsehood, lie, rebellion, wickedness or sin), while Facts are purported evidences of truth (appearances, apparitions, optical or sensual illusions, mirages; e.g ‘sunrise’ and ‘sunset’) until they are examined and ‘confirmed’ (Job 5:27; 2 kings 3:20-24; 7:5-7; Matthew 7:15; 2 Corinthians 11:14-15).
At this point someone may ask, “What authority do you have to analyze TRUTH this way?” Well, hear Jesus; “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds (reproduction; positive increase or multiplication John 12:24)…I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me (betrayal, backstabbing; wickedness John 13:21)…I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times! (cowardice John 13:38)…I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you (empowerment John 16:7)…I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices (sorrow, grief, frustration). You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy (restoration John 16:20)” etc. So, all of the good, bad, and ugly are ‘truths’; they happen, their occurrences are real, and they exert or pull the strings of cause and effect (create ripples)!
So, it goes like this; there is good and there is bad or evil, there is light and there is darkness, there is wrong and there is right and their existence or reality are true – they are all ‘there’! Are people compassionate and kind? Yes, there are persons who exhibit compassion and kindness. Are people honest? Yes, there are people who are honest and ‘open’. Do people lie? Yes, of course, people do lie! Therefore, it is a truth that people lie (but lying is distortion. It is wrong, evil, and wicked – it is negative reality!). Do people steal and rob? Yes, people steal and rob. Therefore, it is a truth that people steal and rob, but stealing and robbery are wrong; they happen, but they are bad!
How do we know right and wrong, good and bad? We know by accumulated experience in interaction with them over time: “By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit” (Matthew 7:16-18)…When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan” (Proverbs 29:2). All of these ‘realities’ are revealed, defined and pointed out, categorized, standardized, and properly accounted for in the Word of God – therefore, the Word of God is TRUTH! (John 17:17).
But the Word of God is not just letters, words, sentences, narrations, illustrations, edicts, codes, commandments, decrees, ordinances, etc, ‘It’ is also “Personality” – Spirit and Life; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God from the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth…(John 1:1-5,14)…Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the Truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6)…the Scriptures testify…about me…” (John 5:39-40,46). Hmm…the Word became flesh just as ice = water = vapor, seed = plant, or egg = chick; ‘metamorphosis’!
Also, Truth is sharp, living, active and ‘interactive’. ‘It’ is self-configured in such a way that ‘It’ standardizes itself. Within the frameworks of its realities, it identifies and separates light from darkness, good from evil, right from wrong, and rewards them accordingly (Hebrews 4:12-13); “Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile. Let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy. Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Revelation 22:11-13).
Jesus is the TRUTH and the LIFE; he is the ‘Source Code’ and the ‘Back Office’ of everything that is! All activities and realities take place and function ‘within’ him because he is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End! He upholds all things by his powerful Word (‘codes’, ‘plug-ins’, and ‘add-ons’ of activities, operations, and principles of materials, substances, and phenomena of the seen and unseen universe (Hebrews 1:3); in him all things hold together (Colossians 1:15-17). There fore, THE PATENT RIGHT AND THE MORAL AUTHORITY AND POWER OF THE UNIVERSE BELONG TO “TRUTH”! How is this so, and how does it work?
Photo Credits: blackband.com and arkfellows.org via googleusercontent.com.