TRUTH AND THE PERSONAL: REALITY AND YOU
TRUTH IS DOMINANT WITHOUT DOMINEERING, because of its very nature. It does not have to, need to or wish to inveigle, since with open face, it is there. It is not in an abyss, or confined to an abscess, but is apparent like the stars.
CHRIST is the truth. Why be surprised because you, a person, find truth personal! YOU are personal and you who seek are personal; and without personality there would be not even be the power to assess what is true, realise or relish it, survey it.
In fact, the architect of the universe did not dream up the design or implement the laws without bothering to exist, or manufacture existence for time-limited things, far less freedom in which to err and imagine and dispose initiative, bask and KNOW ANYTHING AT ALL (including the knowledge that you know nothing or anything! or are not sure if you know anything...cf. SMR Ch.3), without being there to do it. YOU need to RELY on HIM, and FIND Him WHERE He is to be found!
That after all, is the normal way to look! (Isaiah 55:6-7). That is why He can be not only the Creator but the Pardoning God (Micah 7:18ff.).
This we find. The Christ of the Bible meets any test, keeps every promise (Joel 2:11, Matthew 7:24ff.). That is why, now as then, we, as servants and children of His, are perfectly willing to meet any challenge concerning the truth, and keen to meet any need to find the Lord.
If your Mirage fighter has the goods, you are not afraid of the wind tunnel test; for it may help those who look, to find the greatest thing in the world; and as to this it is freely available. The word of God, the only access, the Gospel, and the exclusive Saviour, Jesus Christ heeds those who call on Him, receives those who come to Him by faith. GOD cannot be mass manufactured; and as He is, that is how He is available. Christ came from heaven to show Him, AS HE IS (Exodus 3:14, John 8:58, 14:8ff., 9:39-40). That is what you need to go, and that is where you need to go.
Having come, His people are sustained by HIM, incomparable, magnificent; and His truth is irresistible. You receive it or you leave it; but it stands! (I Peter 1:23, Isaiah 44:24-26). Speaking against it alters it no more than speaking against air: it is there, and it acts.
For this and all these things, we praise God, who is astonishingly gracious, and sustains His servants through the Lord Jesus Christ. What else could anyone reasonably do!
Meanwhile, we welcome any other effective Christian system of Apologetics, and rejoice in all God has provided in all time; but for the present, it is enough that this one works. When you are hungry, any good food that is nourishing is to the point. The procedure in offering reason for faith here, has been stimulated not a little by statements, hints and clues that are found in the Bible, as to method; but its operational point is the logic it adduces.
Why ? It is because what is provided, is firstly,
reason for the faith,
(Such a thing is indicated by Peter and
I Peter 3:15, II Corinthians 10:5, Romans 1:18-22. It is a work to do.)
Opportunity to overturn the truth of the Bible has been available from the first, in the life of this author, when first becoming a Christian, over half a century ago; and although the presentation was naturally not complete at the tertiary student level, yet the same result has obtained.
What is that ? It is this: that in the end, NOTHING assaulting the Bible STANDS - whether from professor, or lecturer, from controversialist, from student. It does not and it cannot. WHY ? Even if one enters the wonderland of the great, their great ideas are not strong enough to stand. They change like the waves of the sea; but the everlasting author of the great deep, He remains; and underneath are the everlasting arms. God is infinitely greater than man or nature, mere expressions of His creativity and recipients of His performance; and in Christ, His Son, HE is with His people. What does Paul indeed state:
"Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe... because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger then men" - from I Cor. 1:20-25.
And again: "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ"-
from II Cor. 10:5.
If then something is troubling you, or genuinely causing interest, do not hesitate to challenge, check or confront. It is better to find the Lord through seeing that His word is true, after seeking, than simply to become an addict of culture, a servant of sloth or self, supine in self-satisfaction, like a student who does not consult the examination results, but simply thinks them! or sunk in dispirited inaction, imagines what he/she would like them to be.
TEST! Invest your mind in truth and be happy when
you find it, for it is your source, and then becomes your resource, by
redemption, the chosen path of the Creator, immiscible with sin,
but hospitable to sinners, when they come.