The Word and the World

January 26, 2022

One day a man named Truth and a man named Lie stood by a river just outside of town. They were twin brothers. Lie challenged Truth to a race, claiming he could swim across the river faster than Truth. Lie laid out the rules to the challenge stating that they both must remove all their clothes and at the count of three, dive into the freezing cold water swim to the other side and back. Lie counted to three, but when Truth jumped in, Lie did not. As Truth swam across the river, Lie put on Truth’s clothes and walked back into town dressed as Truth. He proudly paraded around town pretending to be Truth.

Truth made it back to shore, but his clothes were gone and he was left naked with only Lie’s clothes to wear. Refusing to dress himself as Lie, Truth walked back to town naked. People stared and glared as naked Truth walked through town. He tried to explain what happened and that he was in fact Truth, but because he was naked and uncomfortable to look at, people mocked and shunned him, refusing to believe he was really Truth.

The people in town chose to believe Lie because he was dressed appropriately and easier to look at. From that day to this, people have come to believe a lie rather than believe the naked Truth.

Which would you rather choose? To believe an inconvenient truth? Or a reassuring lie?

We all face different kinds of choices everyday and along with these options come a host of challenges and advantages. Choices like do I leave the bed now or a little later? What clothes should I wear? What food do I eat? Should I send a PM or call instead? All of these questions might be essential but nothing is probably more fundamental than asking which is true and untrue in this life. We often find ourselves spending a great deal of time and effort deciding on matters that are less important but are more practical and essential for survival. And in the tidal wave of must-do’s and do-laters, we forget to ask the more crucial questions. And these questions are crucial because in the long run, they greatly influence the answers to the practical ones.

What kind of life do I choose? Can I live with the inconvenient truth I uncover about God, society, and myself? Or should I just happily settle with the more convenient option of living a pseudo-charmed life or being content to survive from day-to-day, oblivious to heavier matters of life?

But perhaps there is a third option?


C.S. Lewis said

“Con­se­quently, if you do not lis­ten to The­ol­ogy, that will not mean that you have no ideas about God. It will mean that you have a lot of wrong ones.”

God sent us not a principle to live by but a person to live for. And we can learn more about Him through the written word of God. The Bible is true not because it is occasionally helpful. Rather, it is helpful precisely because it is true! And as matter of fact it is helpful only if it is true! It is our eternal and infallible source of God’s reassuring truth about the gospel of the kingdom of God.

I find that it is always easier to get close to almost perfecting a whole set of practices, observing certain parameters than to actually get close to a perfectly moral, eternal, and infinitely mighty God.

We can’t live in God's holy presence but we can’t live for eternal purposes and forever without Him either. We simply cannot get too close to the sun without being incinerated by it. What makes us feel comfortable sharing a space with the One that provides its power?

It will kill us to be near Him but we will surely die without Him. How can we live apart from the very source of life and not die?

In the story found in the Bible we find an answer to this cosmic conundrum.

“For GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, that HE GAVE his only Son, that WHOEVER BELIEVES in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be SAVED THROUGH HIM.” John 3:16-17

It is impossible to live with God's holiness, apart from Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God. He is Immanuel, God with us, who came to save us. The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us and died for us and lived again so that in Him we may find everlasting life. He died in order that we may live. He gave up His life so that in Him we may find ours. When we search the scriptures to find Christ, we get to know who God really is. This is why we abide in Christ, that we may find meaning and purpose in our life and so that our practical choices may be shaped by what we believe about Him.

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