The Love of Truth
© February 2006 by Asher Intrater
Recently we have been shocked by Iran's president Ahmadenajab's remarks that the Holocaust did not really happen. (Not to mention that this tragedy is one of the most thoroughly documented events in history). We are struck by a glaring disregard for the biblical value we call "Truth."
Before one can arrive at spiritual and revelatory truth, he must have a commitment to basic "intellectual honesty."
II Thessalonians 2:10
Several years before my salvation experience, while taking drugs with some philosophy students at Harvard, I told them I was "searching for the Truth." Afterwards, when I shared with some the gospel, I was surprised to find that not everyone was interested. I said to a friend, "Don't you remember when we were searching for the truth when we were taking drugs?" He said, "You were searching for the truth. I was just getting high."
Commitment to intellectual integrity is just as essential after we come to saving faith in Yeshua. In fact, we as the community of faith must be those who uphold the standard of truth.
I Timothy 3:15
If we do not maintain those values, who will? Muslims are often motivated by "honor" more than the truth. Therefore, Ahmadenajab equates his Holocaust denial with the Danish cartoons about Muhammed; as if to say, "If they can dishonor our prophet, we can lie about the Holocaust."
Another area of deception is our lusts.
A popular Israeli music album was once called, "Sweet Illusions." Sometimes we allow ourselves to ignore something we know to be false or wrong, because we are getting some kind of secondary benefits from the lie. We prefer our pleasure to the truth, and thus we let our lust open the door to a spirit of deception.
Even a number of Hollywood films in recent years have portrayed horribly ugly demons disguised as beautiful, sensual women. When a man yields to lust, what he sees is not really there. His mind betrays him. Once my wife noticed me examining, just a little too long, a certain billboard advertisement. She quickly punched me in the side, and said, "Don't you realize that picture is a phony. Why should you look at a fake, when you have the real thing?"
Biblical truth is not philosophical (John 18:38). Truth is a person (John 14:6). Biblical truth is not academic alone, but a moral commandment that must be obeyed (Romans 2:8, I Peter 1:22, I John 1:6). Let us always gird our loins with the commitment to intellectual honesty, moral courage, and historical truth (Ephesians 6:14).
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