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  1. Ronald Keith April 23, 2010 • 6:51 am truth–noun.(1)
    1. Conformity to fact or actuality.
    2. A statement proven to be or accepted as true.
    3. Sincerity; integrity.
    4. Fidelity to an original or standard.
    a. Reality; actuality.
    b. often Truth That which is considered to be the supreme reality and to have the ultimate meaning and value of existence.

    My understanding of the truth, is that it is NOT arbitrary or ambiguous (as by subjecting it to a particular belief, relation, or other attribute), but rather IS grounded in deference to ALL of the facts (or, as many as possible to recognize). In this sense, the truth is more absolute and objective than a fact, or several facts, and the truth stands the test of time, as more facts are revealed through reality and hindsight.

    It is perhaps a fact that a common perception of the truth is that which is believed to be true. However, while something may be true based on someone’s belief, perception, or perspective, it is only true for that individual, and not necessarily The Truth, corroborated by extraneous, extenuating, or mitigating facts.

    “What you perceive, your observations, feelings, interpretations, are all your truth. Your truth is important. Yet it is not The Truth.” – Linda Ellinor, Author

    “The right to search for the truth implies also a duty; one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be the truth” – Albert Einstein, Physicist

    “The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.” – Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister

    The fact that the Rapture did not occur on Saturday is not that surprising to most of us—far more of us than the devoted few who were taken aback by the fact that it did not occur. And there could be a temptation to gloat that Harold Camping and his band of extremists were proven to be wrong. But there is also a lot of sadness associated with the whole event.

    I was particularly struck by a news report I saw about a regular looking family in which the parents were utterly convinced that the rapture would occur, while their three teenage children did not share their view and were embarrassed way beyond the normal teenage embarrassment of their parents. Not only were they embarrassed, but they were concerned about going to college as their parents were spending all their money on marketing for their religious views.

    It also means that a lot of people had reason to mock Christianity and religion in general. Certainly those Facebook fans who signed up for the “post rapture looting party” were disappointed. While that added a humorous side to the whole event, it certainly did not create any kind of positive image for belief in God.

    While most of us do not share the belief that future events can be predicted using a complicated formula buried in Scripture, and while there is no point in trying to talk those who do believe in such formulas out of their belief, there is an assumption behind this kind of belief that we can all talk about. The belief behind this kind of prediction is that the Bible is to be taken literally, containing not just truth but cold, hard facts of the scientific and mathematical variety. Camping and others scouring Scripture for clues and formulas believe that the Bible contains all the necessary facts to make these specific predictions about the end of the world.

    There is a very real need for teaching about the way in which the Bible is true. A book of scientific theory or mathematical principles is factual—objectively provable and proven. A novel, a piece of poetry, a wonderful aria may or may not contain factual information, but they express truth—not at a factual level, but at a deeper and more profound level of truth—at the level of the soul.

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    1. Ronald Keith April 23, 2010 • 6:51 am truth–noun.(1)
      1. Conformity to fact or actuality.
      2. A statement proven to be or accepted as true.
      3. Sincerity; integrity.
      4. Fidelity to an original or standard.
      a. Reality; actuality.
      b. often Truth That which is considered to be the supreme reality and to have the ultimate meaning and value of existence.

      My understanding of the truth, is that it is NOT arbitrary or ambiguous (as by subjecting it to a particular belief, relation, or other attribute), but rather IS grounded in deference to ALL of the facts (or, as many as possible to recognize). In this sense, the truth is more absolute and objective than a fact, or several facts, and the truth stands the test of time, as more facts are revealed through reality and hindsight.

      It is perhaps a fact that a common perception of the truth is that which is believed to be true. However, while something may be true based on someone’s belief, perception, or perspective, it is only true for that individual, and not necessarily The Truth, corroborated by extraneous, extenuating, or mitigating facts.

      “What you perceive, your observations, feelings, interpretations, are all your truth. Your truth is important. Yet it is not The Truth.” – Linda Ellinor, Author

      “The right to search for the truth implies also a duty; one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be the truth” – Albert Einstein, Physicist

      “The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.” – Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister



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