What is truth?
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Almighty God, we pray for those who live their lives without hope. They see nothing but an aimless life. They feel lost and cannot find their way. They live their lives either rejecting or running away from Your Truth.
The question Pontius Pilate asked Christ when questioning His claim that He was a witness to the truth was this. Quid est veritas? What is truth? It is a question which should make us think about the truth we believe.
Many are caught in this consuming trap that it’s okay to live both in the darkness and the light. Show them the error of their thinking. We must not live in both worlds. It is a path which will lead to our destruction. Our character will be whittled away at until we are left with a hollow shell of our former selves. When we make deals with others which sacrifice our principles, it is a slippery slope. The line of truth becomes blurred. A half truth is thought to be acceptable. After all, it is better than a whole lie. But a half truth is no truth at all. You call us to be people who stand for the truth we believe in.
Father, where there are those who are living their lives with an acceptable truth, bring them back to living in Your Truth. Help them stand for what is right and speak against what is wrong.
You call us to be people who deal fairly with others. Don’t lie. Don’t cheat. Don’t steal. These are not Your guidelines. These are Your commandments.
We can be so easily lured by thinking that a half faith is acceptable. After all, it is better than no faith at all. This is the point on which many are deceived. They live their lives in a spiritual fog, drifting from one day to the next. Their direction is no direction at all.
Their truth is a convenient one in which they can keep their position, if they are willing to live with a half morality. I can do as I please as long as I hurt no one. I can live as I please as long as it harms no one. I can choose to believe in God or not. That is my right. It is my right to drink alcohol, smoke and abuse my body with drugs. It is my right to have all the material things around me I want. It is my right to live and accept the consequences for my actions. But what kind of truth are we living when we destroy the minds and bodies we have been given by You? When did having things become more important than people? They who believe possessions are more important than loving others are living in the world’s truth. They are being deceived by their desire to belong.
Father, please bring us all back to Your Truth. Protect us from the cunning deception that living half in Your Truth and half in the world’s truth is acceptable.
Give us the courage to stand up for Your Truth.
Show those who are lost the way back home to You.
Kevin Osborne is training to become a psychotherapist, priest and chaplain through St. James the Elder University in Jacksonville, Florida. He and his wife, Karen, plan to open a counselling practice. Karen is taking graduate divinity studies at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Kevin is planning on taking additional graduate studies there. He is a member of The Word Guild, a Christian writer’s group in Canada.
Our greatest calling is to be servants of our Lord wherever He calls us to go.
Posted on February 14, 2016, in thoughts and tagged addiction, Christ, commandments, courage, ethics, faith, John, Latin, loving others, materialism, mind's seat, morality, people, Pontius Pilate, principles, truth, World. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.