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Understanding and Applying Biblical Truth

Why Truth & Things?

Truth = Reality, the Real State of Affairs.

Things = Something that Exists, a Matter to be Dealt with.

"Truth" in a biblical sense is the reliable message of God.

"Things" is a broad enough category to include a wide range of topics, from theology and cultural trends to the baffling subject of UFOs.

Therefore, Truth & Things is an attempt to understand the Scriptures and then allow them to provide a framework for thinking and living in the real world. Let us expand on this idea a little

The Quest for Truth

Truth has been described in various ways. Of course certain individuals deny that there is such a thing and opt for some type of skepticism. Others attempt to relativize truth, reducing it to nothing more than personal opinion. Truth, it is said, is what you believe it to be. Others, still, seem convinced of the reality of ultimate truth, though they can’t quite decide where it is found.

Surrounded by so many conflicting ideas and philosophies, is there anything that is genuinely and universally true? The Bible answers in the affirmative. Yes, there is truth, and it is available to all who will have it.

Truth, as revealed in the Bible, is integrally tied to the fact that God Himself is true (Psalm 25:10; Isaiah 65:16; Titus 1:2). He is a real God, a God whose character is flawless, and a God who is faithful in all that He does and says. This God, the God of truth, is also a communicating Being. Through various channels, He has revealed Himself and His purpose. But the climax of His Revelation has come in the person of His Son, Jesus the Savior (Hebrews 1:1-3).

In Jesus of Nazareth, God has become incarnate. The God of truth has come to live among us and unveil His divine plan. Since Jesus is “the truth” (John 14:6), it is no surprise that He speaks reliable words. He promised to lead His followers into a fuller realization of the truth (John 16:12-14). This truth—found in its most clear expression in the biblical writings—provides both the pathway to God and a framework for living under His rule (John 17:17).

The world in which we live is filled with challenges. We are confronted with a myriad of ideas, situations, and choices. Thus, it is necessary that we find some criteria for interpreting and successfully navigating our way through life. This web site is designed with these things in mind.

Truth & Things is geared toward believer and skeptic alike. On the one hand, our goal is that Christians might gain a clearer perception of the truth—its authority, relevance, and beauty. On the other hand, it is hoped that non-Christians will seriously consider the Bible’s truth claims.

But our efforts will be futile if not undertaken with the proper attitude (John 8:31ff). For, as one scholar notes, “the aim of thoughtful Christians . . . is not so much to become masters of Scripture, but to be mastered by it, both for God’s glory and his people’s good.”* May the Spirit of God equip us for this task. That is, may He enable all truth-seekers, whatever their situations, to ably apply the truth to the countless things that all human beings encounter daily.

* D. A. Carson, New Bible Commentary. Carson is a professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

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