Who Am I?

Thanks for asking.

The simplest answer is, “I am a unique creation of Yaweh.” And, I’d like to add, “So are you!

I hope that doesn’t offend you; but if it does, I’m afraid you’re going to have to live with it. You can choose to ignore it, …but you can’t change it. And ignoring it isn’t going to work to your advantage in the long run.

You see, Yaweh is the one true God of all creation—the God of the Jews and Christians. Yaweh is the creator of the universe—and, every thing in it. Most importantly for this discussion, He created every human as a unique individual.

Have you ever really thought about just how unique you are? On the molecular level, consider your DNA. That alone distinguishes you from the vast majority of all humans wandering the planet. Other distinguishing physical traits are your unique finger-prints and retinal-prints.

Then there is personality—a small percentage of which you inherited from your mother and father. If you grew-up with siblings, think about the common experiences you shared. Did they effect everyone in the exact same way? Do you remember the tiniest details the same way, or would you even agree on what was “tiny” and what was “major”? Then what lessons did you carry away from those “common” experiences? And, how have they affected your psyche and outlook on life?

What you inherited, and what you have learned by formal schooling, street smarts, relationships, how it was taught and by who, your personal observations, and even where you learned it—it all works toward assuring your uniqueness.

OK. We’re both unique. So what?

Well, hang onto that thought while I tell you a bit about your creator YHVH.

“YHVH” is the Hebrew word that translates as “LORD”. This name is found more often in the Old Testament than any other name for God (approximately 7,000 times). The title is also referred to as the “Tetragrammaton,” meaning the “The Four Letters”. YHVH comes from the Hebrew verb “to be” and is the name God revealed to Moses at the burning bush. “And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM;’ and He said, ‘thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you… this is My eternal name, and this is how I am to be recalled for all generations’”. [Exodus 3:13-14]. Therefore, YHVH declares God’s absolute being; and the source of everything—without beginning and without end.1

Now, let’s back-up for just a moment; and look at the very first name for God that we find in the Bible: “Elohim”. It is used about 2,300 times in the Old Testament and its first occurrence is in Genesis 1:1—the very first verse of the Bible. Elohim means, “all powerful”; and its form is, plural! Important? Oh, yeah! Originally a mystery, its meaning is slowly revealed throughout the rest of the Bible. While we worship the one true God, we (now) know our God is a triune God—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. It’s a bit difficult to wrap your mind around. It helps me to think of God as the spirit He is, with three different personas. Each of which can operate separately yet stay unified with the whole.

OK. I’m sorry if your head is spinning. I know it’s a lot for some of you to take in. Here is a quick summary of the critical points:

Our God has many names and each name tells us more about Him. The two names we have just talked about, tell us a great deal about God; starting with—our God is not a created being. He is an absolute being. He truly exists. And more than that…

He is an eternal being, or Spirit—without beginning or end.

Our One God has three personas—Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit).

God is all powerful and the author of creation. The entire universe was set into existence by the spoken words of God. And that includes every living thing on planet Earth—including you and me. Mankind was created on the sixth day2 and created in the image of God.3

So just what is my point?

Well first, I have a question for you. Who are you?

Based on the above, you might reply that like me, you are a child of God.

And, while that would be a correct answer on one level, it may not be totally correct. You see, far… far… back in our lineage we have a set of grand-parents named Adam and Eve. That’s right. The first man and woman created by God. They knew God intimately. In fact, they physically walked and talked with God on their strolls through the Garden of Eden. They lived in a paradise with no rules—but one. They were instructed by God not to eat the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden. It was called the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. And God told them that if they did eat of it, they would surely die.

The short version of this story is that Satan, a fallen angel, deceived Eve by telling her if she ate the fruit, she wouldn’t die4. Rather, she would be like God, …knowing good from evil. Eve ate some of the fruit and then convinced Adam to also eat the fruit. And things changed—BIG TIME. Eve and Adam knew they should not go against the only rule God had given them, but they did it anyway, …and that is known as “sin”. Our grandparents, using their freewill intentionally disobeyed God and introduced sin into what had been a perfect environment. And their original sin has infected every man and woman born, or yet to be born, with a sinful nature5. It blocks our communication with God and condemns us to death and eternity in Hell. In fact, sin infected the whole physical planet; and caused God to withdraw to heaven.6

That’s It?

Oh, NO! Time passes. (And God had devised a great—an almost too incredible to believable, plan.) Out of God’s great love for His children, He devised a plan of grace7 that would blot out mankind’s sins for all time; provide for redemption, and restore us to God’s family for eternity. Many prophets (in the old testament) alluded to the plan. Some quite specifically, in retrospect.

Then, in about 5 BC, God implemented His plan. (If you get nothing else out of this post, read and consider the next two paragraphs. GET THIS!)

Out of Gods grace, He sends the Holy spirit to visit His children. The Holy Spirit looks into our hearts, and works to convict us of our sins and our inability to “fix ourselves”. Yes, we are all sinners, and we will be until we die, or are called home. No man or woman is perfect. It is impossible to live on this broken planet without sinning. Big sins, little sins, or both. (As we tend to think of them. Actually, to God there is no distinction. Sin is sin.) And, while God makes no distinction of sins, there is a distinction of sinners: Forgiven and Unforgiven.

None of us know the exact time of our earthly death. And in the meantime, the Holy Spirit is whispering, sometimes shouting.8 Trying to get our attention, fighting our freewill, convicting us to believe that God is God. That He sent His Son, Jesus, to earth to be born of a virgin; to live a perfect life performing miracles and healing the wounds and hearts of broken people; and then to be sacrificed on a Roman cross—carrying the sins of every person who has, and ever will, repent of their sins, from a contrite heart, and ask for forgiveness while declaring Jesus as their Lord and savior. And then He arose from his grave three days later, thus fulfilling prophecies from both the old and new testaments; not only proving His Deity, but, also giving us the promise of a new (eternal) life as a Christian, following his plan for our unique gifts. And, it is free!

And, I actually have three points to make…

First: God offers us his plan at no cost. All of this, …for only believing and asking, …bestowed through the grace of God’s great love for His creation, …YOU and ME. But remember, God is not “only” a God of Love and Grace. He is also a “Just” God. He will never force you to do anything against your will. Your eternal destination is 100 percent your choice. And choosing not to make a decision, or saying “not yet” is the same as saying, “No.” God does not want to send anyone to hell.9 In fact He grieves over every lost soul that is sent there. Never-the-less, He will send you where you choose, and you MUST choose before you die.

My second point is: While it is a given that every one on earth is a sinner; there are those of us who have asked for, and received, salvation, redemption and restoration to God’s family. We are living new lives patterned after Christ’s example, and have a personal relationship with Him that assures we will spend eternity in Heaven with our triune God.

My Third point is: If you recognize that you are a sinner, and know that you cannot save yourself, the Holy Spirit is talking to you and leading you to take action and become a Christian by repenting (confessing) your sins to Jesus and asking his forgiveness. Tell Jesus that you want to become a follower (which is what a Christian is—a follower of Christ). Tell Jesus you love Him and are ready to begin the new life He has planned for you.

It is truly that simple. Yet, for many it is too difficult.

When you do establish this relationship something truly incredible will happen. The Holy Spirit will move into your heart to act as your guide and interpreter. Really! And never forget this scripture:

And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. [Romans 8:27-28. NLT]

My Prayer:

Yaweh (I AM),

Scientists tell us the universe was formed 13.8 billion years ago, when a tiny singularity (or vacuum fluctuation) containing (what we now call) the universe, and energy (known as a scalar field) suddenly appeared in space—out of nothing at all. The energy field in this singularity acted as “antigravity” inflating the bubble instantaneously to the size of a grapefruit. By this point the antigravity was converted to heat energy which kept expanding (at a more sedate speed) due to the push of the inflation. This is now referred to as the “Big Bang”.

I prefer the description of creation presented in the Bible. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” [Genesis 1:1] And I see no conflict with the science. Now we know where the singularity came from and what triggered it—while providing the design, rules, matter and energy for the creation. Thank you, God!

Scientists tell us the earth is 4.5 billion years old. And mankind may be 50,000 years old. The Bible tells us you created Adam and Eve; but again, doesn’t tell us when. I do believe you created them. And would, if for no other reason than they are the most unique part of all creation. You created them in your image, and you gave them life!

Neither do we know when Satan seduced Eve into doing what she knew to be wrong—and, the same for Adam. Nor, do we know exactly how long it was before you chose Moses to lead your people out of enslavement in Egypt. But we do know the first book of the Torah (also the first book of the Christian Bible) was written about 1450 BC, by Moses.

Your Words, recorded in the 66 books of the Bible over that next millennium and a half, give me all the knowledge and instruction I need to know about you, the One True God. I know you love your entire creation—most especially, mankind.

40 Years ago, you chose me a second time; when I was as undeserving as I could ever be. You picked me up, dusted me off and led me into a new life. The path you set me on led to the perfect wife and life partner. Together, we have been blessed beyond measure. And now, we look forward to what you still have in store for us as we move forward loving God, following Jesus, and striving to love others as we love ourselves.

I know I am not perfect in my walk; never-the-less, your love, grace, and guidance, endure. I thank you, and praise you for your never ending love.

Your loving servant,

Larry


1. Although some pronounce YHVH as “Jehovah” or “Yaweh,” scholars really don’t know the proper pronunciation because the ancient Hebrew alphabet had no vowels. For pronunciation purposes due to the absence of vowels in the Tetragrammaton, Bible scholars have chosen to spell it either Yaweh, or sometimes, Yahweh.

2.There is much debate about the Creation of the universe. Some say in a great explosion of a singularity formed the universe.. Some say God started the process and the universe evolved over billions of years. Still others say; six days. And while almost all religions have a story of the creation, only the Bible postulates that one supreme God created the earth out of his great love; and gave mankind a special place in it. How long it took is unknown. The Bible does not say how long it took. Some take the term “day” to be a literal 24 day period. Others say the word “day” represents an indefinite period of time (even millions or billions of years).

3. What does it mean when the bible says that man was created in God’s image? Obviously, this is another occasion when God was not being totally literal. God is a Spirit. God can assume the form of man. What God did was create men and women as unique beings capable of communicating with him. No other part of creation can claim that incredible capability.

4. Satan was doing what he does best, …lying. And, using God’s children as a tool to attack God.

5. Except for Jesus Christ.

6. God is Holy and cannot abide the presence of sin.

7. Grace: unmerited favor. i.e. We didn’t earn it, nor do we deserve it. It is free for believing and asking from a broken and contrite heart. God also gave mankind freewill and the ability to reflect his (God’s) character in our love, patience, forgiveness, kindness, and faithfulness.

8. You will not lose your freewill. God loves His creation and does not want robots who have no choice but to obey. At the same time it means you will never be perfect while on earth.

9. God created hell for Satan and his followers. While I cannot imagine exactly what hell is like, I can tell you that it is a place you DO Not want to be. I know it is totally devoid of God and any good thing. If you think life on earth can be difficult, try to imagine a place where there is no love, no kindness, no charity, no understanding, no truth, no mercy, no help of any kind, no music, no laughter. There will be constant pain and sorrow. And more filth.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lies Christians Believe

Very often, when I visit with other Christians, we begin to talk about our walk with Christ.  And, sooner or later, the conversations begin to at least border on the topic of apologetics.  (Apologetics is simply logical discussion in defense of what you believe.  In this case, Christianity). 

Peter tells us, “…And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.”(1Ptr 3:15, NLT).  Yet, I’ve noticed that many Christians are reluctant (or unable) to defend their belief to others; or even to discuss it among themselves.  I suspect it is because many Christians have bought into Satan’s lies; and our culture’s miss-information – which is the same thing.

Lie Number 1:  Keep your religion in church where it belongs.

Every American should be extremely thankful that our founding fathers did not believe this lie.  If you read our founding documents and look at our system of law, you will see the fingerprints of our God throughout.  And, when (in Matt 22:39) Jesus commanded us to “…love our neighbors…”, He did not add, “…as long as they go to the same church as you.”  Although, based on observations of all who say they are are “Christians”, one might think that He did!

I’m not saying to go out to the busiest street corner you can find, and start preaching.  I’m saying, simply take your faith into your every day life – as Jesus told us to do.  “The truth is, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done….” (John 4:12, NLT) and, “…All those who love me will do what I say.  My Father will love them, and we will come to them and love them and live with them.” (John 5:23, NLT).  Be an example of what it means to be a follower of Christ.   When (not “if”) someone notices and asks you ‘why you live the way you do’, you can answer them.  And, then followup  with a question of your own, like, “…what’s your idea of God?” Or, “…how do you see God?”)

Chances are they will describe a very different figure than the loving God who so deeply cares for us.  You will then have the perfect opportunity to describe our God who desires nothing more than to have a personal relationship with us.  A relationship that leads us into the fulfilling, joyful life that God intends us to live.

Too scarey?  Well maybe that’s because you’ve bought into the 2nd or 3rd lies I want to talk about.

Lie Number 2:  Science will triumph over Christianity.  Believers are either ignorant or gullible.

First, science and faith are not at war with one another.  Einstein said, “Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind”.¤ And, in the greatest commandment, Jesus said, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” (Matt 22:37, NLT). Jesus is telling us to be totally involved (heart, soul and mind) in loving God.  Yes, we are instructed to engage our minds when pursuing God.  But, at the same time, we must not concentrate on knowing about God to the exclusion of not making connection with God on the levels of heart and soul. (Think about it: Satan knows God.  He knows Jesus is God’s son.  So, obviously, knowing about God is not enough.) 

Think, also, about this:  From the mind of God and the heart of God, comes our entire Universe and everything we “see” (with or without understanding it).  God has surrounded us with evidence of His power, majesty, and love.  James Tour, a nanoscientist, said, “Only a rookie who knows nothing about science would say science takes away from faith.  If you really study science, it will bring you closer to God.”  And this leads us directly to…

Lie Number 3:  Christianity is based on faith.  There’s no real evidence to support it.  In reality, it’s just an opinion.

The interesting point here, is that Darwin unwittingly did Christianity a great service in his proposal of the Theory of Evolution.  It has lead to an immense amount of scientific research which has proven a major part  of his theory (macro-evolution) to be false. (Macro-evolution is the part of the theory that predicts one species can evolve into a completely new species).  There is simply, no hard evidence in support of macro-evolution.  The research has, however provided a great deal of evidence for what scientists call “intelligent design”.  (I call it “creation”.)    Plus, the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics makes it impossible that life could have started by random processes in the “primordial soup”.  Many scientists have tried to replicate this process, and all have failed. Which should surprise no one because they are trying to contradict the, all together now, …2nd Law of Thermodynamics!  Additionally,  mathematicians have shown the mathematical impossibility that random process could have produced life on our planet.  There simply hasn’t been enough time for the necessary amino acids and proteins to form …even assuming you agree with the scientific dating of the earth at 4.5 billion years.

A couple of books I would recommend:  I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist, by Norman Geisler and Frank Tourek, (Crossway Books, 2004) and, Total Truth, by Nancy Pearcey, (Crossway Books, 2004).  I’d also recommend approaching them in the above order as the 2nd is rather intimidating – in size, (but is, never-the-less, quite readable).  These books will change your thinking forever.

About faith:  There are many things in life we accept on faith.  Does that mean all such things are bogus?  Hardly.  It simply means that there are things we accept as true without proof.  The atheist accepts on faith that all things can be explained by science – even those things which can’t.  Their “faith” tells them to add the word, “…yet” at the end of the previous sentence.  There are many things about the mind of God I accept on Faith.  My mind tends to think in finite terms (facts and concepts I can understand) while God’s mind is infinite.  Imagine a God who can look into the past, present and future with equal clarity.  Can you understand how that’s possible?  Neither can I.  But I believe God does it.  I accept it on faith.  And, the more I learn about God (by studying Jesus) the stronger my faith becomes.  Not surprisingly, science continues to prove my faith well grounded.

So, get these lies out of your head.  Rather than fearing science, embrace it.  Trust God.  Understand that true, factual science (conducted using scientific method, and going only where the evidence leads) will only strengthen our position.  God created the Universe.  God created the earth – in its perfect position in space, with its perfect atmosphere to support all 6.5± billion of us here on His planet.  God offers all of us the best possible lives on earth –  and, a perfect eternity with Him.  But, the best part is, it’s a gift.  It’s free for accepting; and available to all who make the choice* to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died as atonement for our sins, and ask Him into their lives as their Savior and Lord.

* Believing in God is not an opinion.  It is a yes or no choice.

Satan’s lies cannot stand in the light of God’s Truth!

Christians are responsible for sharing the light of God’s Truth!

 

Avery

¤ I got this quote slightly wrong in a previous post.  This is the correct verbiage.  My apologies.  …AG)

How Did We Get So Messed-up? (pt.2)

O.K. I know.  It’s been a difficult journey to this point.  But, I think (at the risk of over simplifying) we can pretty quickly get to the bottom of this issue.

The root cause of our difficulty in finding a definition of truth is that, like it or not, Truth is an absolute concept (and value).  To be useful and meaningful Truth must have reference to an absolute unequivocal standard.  A yes/no, right/wrong, definition.  However, in today’s society it is simply not acceptable to deal in absolutes. 

Do so, and you will be identified and labeled as biased, bigoted, inflexible, overzealous, unenlightened, uneducated, and any number of other terms designed to marginalize you and put you into an unfavorable and ineffective position.  And we, to great extent, have bought into it.

In an effort to avoid being marginalized we try to define truth using equivocal terms.  Yet, as we saw last week, that simply does not work; and, we must guard against it.  How then, do we proceed?

The answer is that there can only be one source for Truth.  That source is the Creator of Space, Time and the Universe.  God is the author of all Truth.  And, the surest place I know to find His Truth is in the Bible.  In the Bible we will find many truths first illustrated thousands of years ago that are models for how we should live our lives today. And, these Truths and Principles will actually work for our well being over our entire lives.  The two most important?  Love God; and, love the people you come into contact with.  Then, live what you believe.

What about all the things in our world today that aren’t mentioned in the Bible,” you ask?  “Things like life on other planets and evolution; the Internet and the World Wide Web; nuclear fission and fusion.  How do we deal with these and other modern questions?” Let me give you with the guidelines I use.

  1. If the Bible says it’s good or true, I know it’s good or true. No question.  God pronounced His creation good.  I am God’s creation.  God loves me.  God wrote my instruction manual; and He knows what’s best for me.  When I’m following God’s input, all things will work to my benefit.  (Realizing of course, that my ultimate benefit will be rewarded in Heaven – not on Earth). 

  2. God gave us free will and told us to decide wisely.  But, how do I do that when the Bible doesn’t specifically address much of what exists in today’s society?  My solution is to ask myself, “Does this further God’s Kingdom on Earth, …or not?”  That answer tells me how to proceed. Let’s look at a some of the above examples: 

    1. Nuclear energy.  It’s a natural part of God’s creation.  As part of God’s creation, He intended it for good.  It can be used for many different purposes.  When we use it for good (electrical power, medical imaging, fighting cancer, etc.) I believe we are furthering God’s Kingdom and making good use of a resource to which God has given us access.  Weaponizing nuclear energy would not fall into that category. 

    2. Life on other planets.  Hey, I’m a huge fan of science fiction; but, I doubt we will find intelligent life (or even life) on other planets.  However, I may be wrong.  And, if we do find life out there, does that mean there is no God?  Of course not.  It just means that He put it there!  So, let’s continue the exploration. (Note:  There are those who believe the only intelligent life in the universe has to be on other planets).

    3. And, what about evolution?  The Bible is very specific.  God created life.  God created man (and woman).  Evolution is a theory.  A theory that has huge gaps.  Can some forms of life evolve.  Perhaps – dependent on your definition of “evolve”.  But, there is no scientific explanation for that first spark of  “life”.  Nor is there proof of any mammalian species on this planet ever evolving into an entirely new species.  NONE.  So please do not tell me that evolution is, “…a generally accepted fact”.  It is not.  Not even in the true scientific community.  I’m all for continuing the search and debate, however.  I do not fear it.  Why? Because I know how it will end.

  3. Remember, much of what technology gives us can be used for either great good, or great evil.  Technology itself, is not the issue.  How we use it is.  (Refer to paragraph #2, above).

  4. We must realize that there is much yet to be discovered.  And, I believe God will reveal it to us when He is ready to do so. (Perhaps, when He thinks we can use our gift of free will wisely?) I’m reminded of a poem:

White Revelations

                                                 by Georgie Starbuck Galbraith

To human eyes too much of light

Is blinding as the blackest night.

And this is so too of the mind,

In total ignorance it’s blind;

But, more truth than it can absorb

Will overwhelm the mental orb.

So, lest our vision burn to ashes,

God shows us truth in bits and flashes;

White revelations that the brain

Can comprehend and yet stay sane.

But we, poor fools, demand truth’s noon

Who scarce can bear it crescent moon.

I think that was very well said.  So, I guess the final question for each of us is, “What can I do, to help straighten out this mess that we have worked ourselves into?” Well, if you are asking me, you’re asking the wrong person.  Ask, God.  (But, only if you’re ready to follow His guidance).

Avery

How Did We Get So Messed-up?

Many times I’ve heard Christians ask: “So, how did our society get so messed-up?  Well, that’s one thing I think I understand.  We simply have not lived the beliefs we profess.  This is evidenced by the lack of outrage on the part of all Christians. 

Early scientists were devout Christians.  They were seeking to understand the Laws of Nature – meaning, the Laws that God put into place to govern the physical world in which they lived.  And, about which, they were learning a great deal.  The point is that these pioneers in scientific method were seeking truth – God’s Truth.  And when they found a new physical law they were awed by God’s perfect creation.

Moving forward (in time) several hundred years, I find it interesting (not surprising) to note that the definition of science in Webster’s New Dictionary of the English Language does not mention the “…search for truth”. This is not by accident.  Truth implies a universal standard. But, in today’s world there is no universal standard.  What is “good” for one may be “bad” for another.  It all depends on your point of observation… doesn’t it?  Come now, if a poor man steals milk to give to his hungry infant… well, right away we have a problem.  We can’t really call that “stealing” …can we? 

Let’s look at Webster’s definition of truth. 

Truth n 1: real state of things 2: true or accepted statements 3: agreement with fact or reality.

How many “problems” do you see with that definition?  First, we have to get the definitions of the words used in the definition.  (Sorry, but this is important.)

Re·al adj 1: relating to fixed or immovable things (as land) 2: genuine  3: not imaginary.

Gen·u·ine adj being the same in fact as in appearance.

True adj 1: loyal 2: in agreement with fact or reality 3: genuine.

Fact n 1: act or action 2: something that exists or is real 3: piece of information.

Reality n 1: quality or state of being real 2: something real.

Now back to our understanding of truth.  The first thing I note in our search for truth in the definition of “truth”, is that there is a great deal of “circular” argument.  It’s like saying, “… truth is that which is true”.  The reason for all this circularity is that again, there can be no reference to an absolute.  Let’s try it anyway. 

Definition #1 for truth says that truth is, “…the real state of things”. Real means “genuine” and genuine is, “…being the same in fact as appearance”.  But, if things can appear different from different perspectives, then how can the resultant facts be anything but different?  In other words, facts are variable dependent upon your point of view.  Unsatisfactory; and already, I’m getting a headache.

Let’s leave definition #1 for “truth”, and go for definition #2, which is “…true or accepted statements”.  Right off the mark I see trouble looming.  How can we define “true” if we can’t define “truth”?  We’ll try, anyway.  The dictionary says the definition of “true” is, “…adj 1: loyal 2: in agreement with fact or reality 3: genuine.  Let’s agree the first doesn’t apply.  And, we know that reality depends on your perspective so that doesn’t help.  Genuine is essentially mire we’re already slogged around in to no avail.  So, now we are left with “truth” defined as “…accepted statements”. 

Is it just me, or is this not laughable …if it weren’t so pathetic? Truth is defined as “accepted statements”?!  Really?  Accepted by whom?  Even authorities on particular matters seldom agree on the particulars!  Can you imagine the chaos that would result if everything that is said to be “true” on the Internet were simply accepted as factual and acted on!  To say, “…anything (everything) that is generally accepted is therefore truth” is asinine …or insane.  No, definition #2 for “truth” is also sadly lacking.  And, my headache is getting worse.

So, we look to the 3rd definition of truth “…agreement with fact or reality”.  Now we’re getting somewhere.  A fact is defined as #1 “An act or action”.  Well, that’s something we can actually observe.  But, oh me, observations are unreliable because they appear different from different observation points.  Well then, facts are “#2 Something that exists or is real.”  That’s certainly helpful.  How do we know something exists or is real (IE. not imaginary)?  Well, by observing it and… Oops.  O.K., How about, “#3 A piece of information.”  And, even I know that a particular piece of information may actually be factual; but, not all information is factual, valid or true – whatever “true” means. I am so confused!

And, where is the discussion about the role time plays in our search for truth?  Time is another perspective that makes a huge difference to observation and what we “know” to be true.  We live a short lifespan.  I think it’s safe to say that much of what we “know” to be true today will prove inaccurate, to one degree or another, over the next couple of decades; assuming that we have another 20 years. 

My head is splitting!

So, if you’re still with me, it seems that we have a most difficult time defining even basic concepts.  (Yes, I too thought I knew what all of those terms meant.)  The tragic result is, if I am not sure of my definitions and why I KNOW them to be TRUE, I am ineffective and extremely vulnerable.  Equally tragic is that not only will I have questions; I am left in the dark as to where to find the answers.  On the other hand, I won’t be in the dark for long. School, my friends, the TV, and the Internet will all supply answers that will let me make up my own mind about these questions. It will all work out just fine.  Except…

It won’t!  And, it doesn’t! 

And that, readers, explains the mess we live in.

Next week, I’ll pick-up at this point and discuss the solution to this problem and relate some of my insight for how you might wish to proceed.

Avery