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Know the Truth

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) These are obviously famous words. They are words that are known and quoted by those who haven't even read the bible. But a growing majority, not just in the United States, have bought into the nonsensical notion that there is no truth. “Post modernism rejects the very notion of truth as fixed, universal, objective, or absolute”. The problem with that idea is that it is a self defeating argument. Saying that there is no absolute truth is an absolute statement, therefore untrue by the very nature of the post-modern argument. 

The post modernist’s theory is that truth is made rather than found. One group of post modernists believe that all truth is socially constructed. It is merely a concept put into place in order for those in power to continue to have control over society. In this line of thinking the post modernist’s goal is to “deconstruct” truth within a society in hopes to “liberate” the society. Instead of liberating, this goal only creates prisoners. Our culture has fallen prey to the destructive lie that not only can truth not be known, but there is no truth at all. This movement has given away to insanity. Without truth anything goes. If there is no truth then there is no direction. There is no way to tell what is right from wrong. There are no standards, therefore society spins into chaos. There ultimately is no order, and ultimately there is no freedom. Rather than liberation, post modernism has given away to the enslavement of the masses. The only thing that can bring freedom is to know the truth!

The truth is, there is truth. Truth brings freedom, it provides stability, and it produces peace.  Truth is not socially constructed, rather it has an unchanging source and that is the very person of Jesus Christ. Jesus said that He is truth. In John 14:6 He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” So, by Jesus own words He is truth, and since He is truth His words are truth. Therefore, the truth that sets you free comes from the only source of truth itself…Jesus. 

Our world is crying out for freedom. People may try to apply many different names to the freedom they desire, but their deepest longing for freedom is spiritual. It is engrained in the heart of man to know God, but we have been separated from what we are created for because of sin. The good news is that God did not leave us without a remedy for our dilemma! The freedom that so many people long for comes only from accepting the truth, not denying that truth exists altogether! The very foundation for life and freedom is based in truth, and the truth that sets you free is believing that Jesus died for your sins on the cross, was buried, and raised from the dead 3 days later! (Romans 10:9-10) Knowing the truth is a matter of knowing Jesus, which means that knowing Jesus brings freedom to one’s life! 

Freedom changes how we see the world around us and how we live. Once we experience the truth our lives will never be the same. Our world needs to see believers who truly believe there is truth, and that truth is displayed in the lives that we live! They need to see “free lives” that have had truth affect them so deeply, that to them our lives are repulsive yet attractive. Living out the truth might be offensive, but it will also create such a curiosity that they will want to know why we live how we live and do what we do. So, don’t let the post modern ideas suck you in. Cling to truth, and live is such a way that your life not only proves that you believe the truth, but that you know Him!

Dru Finley



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