Opinions and Truth

Opinions, we all have them and most of us express them in one way or another. One definition for the word “opinion” is “a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter”.  I also saw a statement that says we are all entitled to our own opinions but we are not entitled to our own facts. Opinions are not always necessarily conclusive but true facts are. Facts are facts which are true statements. The only difficulty with facts is determining which facts that are presented as facts are actually true statements because as we all know, there are many statements that are put out there as facts, that are in fact, not true or do not in fact, represent truth. Just like there is much fake news, there is also much fake truth.

Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah, said among many other things, that He was the truth (John 14:6). That’s pretty heavy. When I hear that statement that Jesus said, to me, it means that Jesus represented truth in all that He said and all that He did. That is no mean feat and yet, as one looks at all of the words that are recorded that Jesus said, as one considers all that Jesus did and what He accomplished, during His life in the flesh, including His ministry, death, resurrection and ascension back to His Father, the statement that He made about being the truth, rings true. Of course, if you have never really considered or taken this all to heart, what Jesus said or did, then you are not going to know this. You would be among those who have eyes to see but see not and ears to hear but hear not or the blind leading the blind or the dead burying the dead.

The older that I get and the longer that I walk with Jesus, in faith, the more that I have come to realize that I know very little. And it is not because I have not learned along the way, because I have learned, many things, but the fact of the matter is that, that which there is to know, keeps expanding, through increasing depths and intricacies that continually astound me. God’s Word tells us in Jeremiah 17:9 that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” That would be you and that would be me. And one of the things that living many years can bring us, is the realization that who we think we are and what we think our motives are, are not always necessarily accurate. And it is not that we are incapable of doing unselfish acts of kindness and compassion, because we can, but at the core of our being, is the reality that we are focused on ourselves and how, eventually, everything that we participate in, relates to us, even in our infrequent or frequent acts of kindness and compassion. Like that old adage that says, “all roads lead to Rome”, in like manner, all that we are involved in, in one way or another, relates to ourselves. That includes how we interact with others in all of our dealings, how we love and how we accept others. 

God’s Word also gives us the truth that God, our creator, is not like we are. In Isaiah 55:8-9 God tells us that ““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

I don’t think that we can truly grasp the reality that is given here. God is holy, just and He loves first because that is who He is. Holy, just and loving. Holy as without any deceit or any wilful malice whatsoever. Just as without any impartiality whatsoever and loving as in continual intent. And the vast majority of us, including obviously myself, don’t or can’t fully comprehend the totality of God.

Another one of the greatest truths that Jesus gave us is the reality of our inability to view others, that takes into account, ourselves. That is why Jesus told us to remove the log from our own eye before we go about removing twigs from the eyes of others (Matthew 7:5).  And this also correlates with how we are to forgive others as we have been forgiven (Luke 11:4). Impartiality means impartiality. What is right for one is right for all.  And of course, as most of us know, when it comes to what God has revealed of Himself, to us, in His Word, I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface. 

And the more that I consider all of which Jesus said, the more that I realize that this gift of life, that we have been given, is a journey of discovery, that should lead us to Him. We are imperfect, Jesus is not. Even how we love one another is imperfect. And the reality of needing to be reborn from what we are, to what God would have us be in Him is everywhere, if one takes the time to look. God’s creation of nature around us declares it continually. Darkness to light, the changing seasons, dead seeds bring life, enduring love and forgiveness in marriage, raising children of our own. The list is long.

So we all have opinions and as we can readily see, our opinions can differ greatly, but in the end, there is only one perspective that truly matters and that perspective is not solely determined alone on what we determine as to whether, God exists, or who He is, but rather, it is God who determines how we have responded to the intent of His love and forgiveness, made possible through the undeserved gift of His Son, Jesus, the Christ, who died on the cross for our transgressions that violate the totality of who God is, to bring us back into communion with God once again.

And these are the words that Jesus gave us about Himself. 

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him.  The one who believes in Him is not judged; the one who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.  And this is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the Light; for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light, so that his deeds will not be exposed.  But the one who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds will be revealed as having been performed in God.” (John 3:16-21 NASB)

We can all have opinions but there is only one truth and our opinions about the truth, if they differ from the truth, do NOT negate the truth.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

11 comments

  1. A very thoughtful post Bruce, in which I recognise myself and my life journey too. Like most young men I thought I was pretty smart, but in these later years it has become clear I know very little of Eternal matters. The world makes our walk with God harder every day, trying to mislead us. I pray for us that we can cling closely to our Lord and Saviour and seek to become ever more like Him in our twilight years.

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    • Hi Alan, I find it amazing how for so many years God’s direction and guidance was secondary to my own agenda. Time has a way of clarifying our needs. Blessings brother, I join you in your prayer.

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  2. Good one, Bruce. As we’ve observed over the course of the last twelve months, consensus developed among evangelicals on several issues that were held to be absolutely “dogmatic,” when they were actually opinion at best and some even based on misguided conspiracy theories. We get into trouble when we become dogmatic in regards to tertiary issues. But of course many views these temporal tertiary issues as PRIMARY issues.

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  3. Bruce, your work is so good. I can’t help but referring to it. I hope my followers will follow your blog. You have become a valued resource, to me, and are rightfully referred to on our Resource page. You know how I like John and love to experience the Spirit. Truth and Light are in short supply outside of the Word but you are salt and light to the word and Iron sharpens Iron as well. The gifts we each are given are for the mutual edification of the Saints. Press On!

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