How Do We Recognize Truth?

Error does not become Truth because it is widely accepted;
Truth does not become error,
even when it stands alone!
I first read this many years ago, but do not know the original source.  It has been the signature on my email for a very long time.  Most often, when people first read it, they seem confused, as if this is a riddle or a trick I’m playing on them.  To me, it speaks simply of holding on to truth, and keeping a strong faith in God’s truth.
There seems to be no end to the “truths” being presented in education, politics, news – and even in our churches.  So how do we determine what is truth and what is not?  For me, that truth is found in the Bible.
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In Acts 17, we read about Paul bringing the news of Christ to Thessolonica, resulting in the conversion of many but also gaining the wrath of unbelieving Jewish leaders in the community.  These non-believers sought to bring Paul and his companions before the authorities for their claims of another king and for going against the decrees of Caesar.
Paul was secretly led out of town to Berea, where he continued spreading the Gospel of Christ.  There he saw many more come to faith in Christ.  The Bible says the Bereans  “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
As Christians, we need to follow the example of the Bereans.  Search the scripture to determine if what you are being taught lines up with the truth of God’s word.  My husband is the love of my life, and has been my pastor for 14 years, yet I still search my Bible to confirm what he teaches is truth and lines up with scripture.
We can’t pick and choose our truth – truth doesn’t change.  Believing a lie, no matter how sincere the lie is, does not make it true.  Truth does not become a lie even though no one believes it.  Faith means we are holding on to the truth of God, not being swayed by those around us.


3 thoughts on “How Do We Recognize Truth?

  1. Fantastic message! Thank you so much. It reminds me of something I believe about today’s churches: those that are suffering and loosing members are doing so because of a lack of truth in their message.

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