Growing up in the Christian faith community “confession” was a prevalent teaching among the congregations I associated with. The faith movement was based highly on words – ala God created the Heavens and Earth with words… Jesus is called The Living Word – There are scriptures that say life and death are in the power of the tongue – and that those of the faith should call things that be not as though they were and so forth. Today many Christians are very careful about what they say. They do not want to claim negativity. I recall seeing people appear to have a cold, and as he/she coughs and sneeze say in the next breath – “I’m not going to claim sickness. I am perfectly fine.”
I can understand the thinking – I do believe the mind is one of the most powerful forces in the universe and the words we say on an ongoing basis make a difference in our state of being. However, sometimes I think we take it too far. In other words there is a difference between faith and denial. One does not have to deny facts to in order to seek out and confess a higher truth. For there is a difference in facts and truth. I would define it this way. Dictionary.com says of a fact in short;
Fact – Knowledge or information based on real occurrences
But truth is as I define it for the purposes of this post…
Truth – the highest form of reality – an ultimate universal treaty
Truth would not deny a fact but would supersede it. So for a person was sick or depressed and yet understand that their ultimate state should not be sickness or depression – it would not be best to deny what is evident. But yet what is evident is not necessarily the last word. Facts are outside manifestations, but truth is ultimate destination. So one could admit to the fact that he/she is afflicted with sickness, and yet not deny the ultimate purpose and destination of wellness. Facts are temporary and yet if to US those facts become truth – then they become one in the same.
Ultimately people live by and make decisions based on the truth as they know it – not the facts. For example, I recall driving my car and running out of gas with money in my pocket before. Well I knew by intellect or ‘fact’ that the car could indeed run out of gas – and yet the ‘truth’ is I didn’t really believe it or else I would have stopped and added gas to the car before it happened. As the hand slipped to the left of the ‘E’ I thought I had more and more time. Well once that happened to me once – it has never happened again. The potential for walking because a reality to me – especially cause it was like 15 degrees below zero that night.
Simple as it may seem we all live by the truth that we know in our hearts – not the facts that we learn. Or else we all by way of knowledge would live and do everything we know to do. We wouldn’t abuse our bodies with alcohol and drugs. We wouldn’t eat the wrong things if we really “knew” that those things were killing us. Obviously knowledge is not what we lack. Our personal realization of “truth” is what guides us in the long run.
I submit that our task is to recognize and acknowledge the obvious. We have needs, we are faulty, we have potential to be great and regardless there will be the best and worst of times. At the same time we should strive to learn that which is true – that which surpasses facts for it is by those principles that we are led most.
Part 2 Next…. “Absolute Truth” – fact or fiction