What Determines and Defines Your Truth

“It is very important to realize, over against modern concepts of “spiritual experience,” that the biblically based experience rest firmly on truth. It is not only an emotional experience, nor is it contentless. – Dr. Francis Schaefffer, The God Who is There

Those words, “the biblically  based experience rest firmly on truth…are important to remember. God’s word is TRUTH (John 17:17).

The danger is that if Christians do not consciously develop a biblical approach to any subject, then they will unconsciously absorb some other philosophical approach. A set of ideas for interpreting the world is like a philosophical toolbox, stuffed with terms and concepts.  If Christians do not develop their own tools for analysis, then when some issue comes up they wand to understand, they will reach over and borrow someone else’s tools…whatever concepts are generally accepted in their professional field or int he culture at large.But when we do this, we do not realize that, we are borrowing not an isolated tool but a whole philosophical toolbox laden with tools which have their own particular bias to every problem.  We may end up absorbing an entire set of alien principles without even realizing it.  Using tools of analysis that have non-christian assumptions embedded in them is “like wearing someone else’s glasses or walking in someone else’s shoes.  The tools shape the user.

How do we make sure our toolbox contains biblically based conceptual tools for every issue we encounter?  We must begin by being utterly convinced that there is a biblical perspective on everything…NOT JUST SPIRITUAL MATTERS!  The Old Testament tells us over and over that, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom” (Ps. 111:10, Prov. 1;7, 9:10).  Similarly, the New Testament teaches that Christ are “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col.2:3).  We often interpret these verses to mean spiritual wisdom only, but the text places not limitation on the term.  Most people have the tendency to read these passages as thought they say that the fear of the Lord is the foundation of religious knowledge, but the fact is that they make a very radical claim… the claim that somehow all knowledge depends upon religious truth!

All belief systems work the same way. Religious commitment functions as the controlling principle for everything that follows. The fear of some “god” is the beginning of every proposed system of knowledge.


Gunning Down The Imposter Within

When we were kids, we were like sponges.
Don’t you remember? We easily latched onto, believed, and replicated the beliefs, opinions, and actions of those around us — young and old — without giving them a second thought.
Eventually, we all reach a certain moment where we sit face to face with a past belief and realize that we’ve never actually examined it, but now that we have, we’ve found that we don’t… actually… believe it.
We see that if we were to go on living and acting as if we still believed it, we’d be an impostor. A wolf in sheep’s clothing. A fraud.
We have a tough choice ahead of us.
The impostor and the truth can never live peacefully together. One must die.
Old false beliefs die hard. Especially when people you love believe them too.
So, what’ll it be? Who do we bury? The impostor? Or the truth that’s just been revealed to us?
Most of us let the impostors live. We’ll murder our truths without hesitation because, for our egos, they sure beat the alternative: upsetting, disappointing, and/or embarrassing those in our tribe who still believe what we now see as complete rubbish.
So we rationalize away, drown out, or distract ourselves from our new truth until it fades into the darkness again — out of sight, out of mind.
Killing the impostor, dead, like Clint Eastwood in those old western movies, is what we must do to be aligned with our truth.
It’s not easy. The villagers may revolt. They may run you out of town on a rail.
But no one said it was easy being Sheriff..