MHE: Rooted in Truth
Mama’s Home Ed strives to diligently seek and interact with the Truth. It is the Truth that leads us closer to our Father and the purpose that He has for us here on earth. We seek the Truth to help us build a God-honoring home. We seek the Truth to help us serve our households with eagerness and joy. We seek the Truth as we train up our children in His Way. Overall, we seek the Truth to help us become the best stewards of this life that God has given us…and we do this with diligence! We have no time to waste on the futilities of life. We must be incredibly discerning with the Truth if we wish to fill the highest purposes God has for each of us.
So, “What is Truth?”
One of the most interesting moments in the Bible to me is when Pontius Pilot asks Jesus, “What is truth?” Jesus did not answer Pilot’s question directly. Rather, it is in His silence where we might uncover the “state of affairs” on the issue of Truth. What we see here is an educated man, a ranking official in the Roman government, looking Truth right in the eye and being unable to recognize it. This speaks volumes to what we know… and what we think we know.
From the moment we are born into the world, our training begins. We naturally assimilate and reflect the customs and behaviors of the culture we are born into. Our being is influenced and subconsciously driven by everything we interact with: our physical environment, the language we speak, the food we eat, our family traditions, the music we listen to, the art we enjoy, the books in our bookcases, our educational training, the news we listen to, the entertainment we indulge in, etc. All of life has an impact on who we are and how we think. Some of these influences are good and lovely, some are even cherished, but not all are rooted in the Truth. If we want to be able to recognize the Truth when we see it, then we must keep a check on these “traditions of man” by continually looking and listening out for the real Truths of our reality.
As Jesus said just before Pilot asked his question, “What is Truth”:
“For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the Truth. Everyone who is of the Truth listens to My voice.”
This training to know Truth is indeed a spiritual discipline; born-again Christians are not exempt from many of these same deceptions as Pilot was prey to. We are all of the same seed as Adam, and there is much work to be done in all of us in the way of sanctification. Just like Pilot, there are many nooks and crannies in our lives where we have looked Truth in the eye and not recognized it…or worse, rejected it.
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.
They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules. You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.
May we aim for a humble spirit and prioritize the pursuit of His Truth. In the name of the Lord Jesus we pray, Amen.
At Mama’s Home Ed
Truth is found in God’s Word, God’s World, and God’s Witness
MHE’s foundational Truths are found in God’s living Word. Until one is able to recognize the Truth, His Word will be just another book. But for those who know Him and recognize His voice, it is their life blood.
From Proverbs 1, we study God’s Word:
To know [skillful and godly] wisdom and instruction; To discern and comprehend the words of understanding and insight, To receive instruction in wise behavior and the discipline of wise thoughtfulness, Righteousness, justice, and integrity; That prudence (good judgment, astute common sense) may be given to the naive or inexperienced [who are easily misled], And knowledge and discretion (intelligent discernment) to the youth, The wise will hear and increase their learning, And the person of understanding will acquire wise counsel and the skill [to steer his course wisely and lead others to the truth], To understand a proverb and a figure [of speech] or an enigma with its interpretation, And the words of the wise and their riddles [that require reflection]. The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the beginning and the preeminent part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; But arrogant fools despise [skillful and godly] wisdom and instruction and self-discipline.
From Hebrews 4: 12-14:
For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart. And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, and revealed to the eyes of Him with whom we have to give account.
We confirm the Truth of God’s living Word by observing and experience it as we live in His creation.
In Romans 1: 20, we see how God reveals Himself in His creation:
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
As we prove the facts of life through noting the processes and orders of things, we simultaneously prove the Truth. Facts, by nature, are Truths. But life goes well beyond the simple facts. God has taken the facts of His creation, the elements of it, and synergisticly created a living beauty that vastly exceeds the scope of our comprehension and understanding. The human race, with all of its claims to knowledge and truth, has really only been able to understand a small fraction of its reality. Sadly, we train our youth to view the world through a humanistic keyhole, gauging and judging the scope of the universe by what we may see through it. It is then interpreted and packaged as a brand of truth which typically does little more than support the whims of the powers that be. We deny the very breath that we breathe. And what a state of affairs this has brought us to. We are like Pilot, unable to recognize the Truth that stands right before us. God gave us the option of choosing this deception and the gate is wide for the many that do. May it not be this way for us! Let us know where our Source for Truth is and revel in the glories of His creation that lead us to a greater knowledge of Him.
When we read about God’s Truth in His living Word, and experience His Truth as we live our lives, His Spirit works to provide us an assurance that no mind can quantify or judge rightly. It is when we step out in faith on the Truth revealed to us that He impresses a revelation knowledge upon our spirits.
We see in John 16:5-15 how God testifies to the Truth about Himself through His Witness:
But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you]. And He, when He comes, will convict the world about [the guilt of] sin [and the need for a Savior], and about righteousness, and about judgment: about sin [and the true nature of it], because they do not believe in Me [and My message]; about righteousness [personal integrity and godly character], because I am going to My Father and you will no longer see Me; about judgment [the certainty of it], because the ruler of this world (Satan) has been judged and condemned. “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear [to hear] them now. But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth [full and complete truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever He hears [from the Father—the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future]. He will glorify and honor Me, because He (the Holy Spirit) will take from what is Mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Because of this I said that He [the Spirit] will take from what is Mine and will reveal it to you.
Speak the Truth in Love
MHE’s mission is to seek to glorify God by communicating His Truth in love.
Although the Truth that God has revealed to His people is firm, we must remember to handle it with humility and grace lest we yield His Truth unjustly. We must understand that we all come to different aspects of the Truth in different ways and at different times, if we are diligently seeking it. Thus, we will need to be able to both accept grace for ourselves and give grace to others. We must remember that all of our communications on the Truth must be done in love.
Therefore, speak the Truth and do so in love. God’s law shows us the path to walk and God’s love shows us how to walk it.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,a] but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Let’s follow His Truth so that we may love and serve Him and others with all of our hearts, minds, and souls.
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”