July 25, 2016

Suppressing the Truth

Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination and the media is now scrambling to explain how they got it so wrong. It’s no wonder the media missed all the indicators…they were too busy trying to build a reality that matched their own world view. On the religious landscape believers do something similar when they avoid passages of Scripture that don’t match their narrative and definition of God. Paul warned there is danger in suppressing the truth. “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Ro 1:18-20 NIV).

1 comment:

Steve Corey said...


-----Building a reality to match your own world view, avoiding what does not match your own narrative and definition of God, and suppressing the truth by wickedness are all the same substance. No man knows the mind of God, or even the extent of God, or of His creation. Quite the opposite, every man knows only in part. We see dimly as in polished brass. From the mental emptiness into which a baby is born it is undeniably apparent that life is a process of constructing knowledge. From disagreement about almost everything amongst almost everyone, it is undeniably apparent that not only has nobody constructed a knowledge of everything everyone else knows, but also no one has come to know everything there is to know. Stated another way, it is undeniably apparent that everyone’s perceptions greatly involve a continuing lack of knowledge.
-----This lack of knowledge is the insufferable problem. It involves everything, where we came from, where we are going, how we got here, how we’ll get there, and what we’re supposed to be doing. Certainly we know in part that I AM created us, we are going to where He takes us by the same way He brought us here. We call that vague, because I AM is what He is, and that vagueness is room for taking advantage of what is unknown to presume what Is, and thus to know I AM as what one wishes Him to be. And we all wish Him to be something. So we all wish this life to be something without giving a whole lot of thought to the fact that this life is what it is and I AM is what He is regardless of what our wishes are. Therefore, logically, we wish for a crap shoot at best, since we don’t really know what Is. And at worst, we wish for falsehood, casting not an inkling of reason to the fact that what we wish to be isn‘t the same as what really is..
-----Each individual’s perception of truth must arise out of what is unknown, so to speak, and itself build what he is to know. We do not build truth. We find it. Therefore, building a reality to match your own worldview is tantamount to building a lie. Avoiding what does not match your own narrative and definition of God is hiding in a lie. One of the scary things about God is that since He is what He is, being The Great I AM, many, many, many of your own narratives and definitions of Him will necessarily disintegrate by the truths which emerge from what He truly is. The Pharisees failed this test. People do not like their worldviews and narratives disintegrating, because many of their courses of life are constructed for them. However, walking into the fear of what your own reality might encounter at the meeting of His reality is the beginning of wisdom. It is the evasion of your own worldview for His, the sideslip of your own narrative for His. It is stepping out of the shadows of what you know into the light of what He is. Anything less than abandoning or adjusting the parts of your own narratives, perceptions, and worldviews which begin to show error in the subtle hints of real information suppresses the truth God would rather you have. And the brightest source of real information is the Word of God. If we mishandle that for our own narrative, we are indeed growing towards big time trouble.

Love you all,
Steve Corey