Rudy Giuliani once uttered a nonsense of the kind that has become increasingly well accepted in these times of rationalised selfishness and rampant ignorance. “Truth isn’t truth,” he declared. Of course not. Increasingly in certain circles truth is what you want it to be – with the result that thousands of people die of covid 19.
Donald Trump and his cronies were not the first people to think this way. ‘Truth’ in some circles has always been what they wanted to make it – whether through spin, outright lies or through denial.
It’s possible to live in a bubble of self-reinforcing fictions. Some Christians and segments of the church have developed subtle and almost impenetrable webs of denial that support the fictions that are their system of belief. But these beliefs subvert the truth and suffocate life. Truth resisted is spiritual death embraced.
When Jesus expelled the money-changers from the sanctuary He was illustrating what was to come as a result of His cross and His incarnation. ‘They all will know God and God will be in them.’ Our aim in these posts is to reveal truth. To reveal truth because truth is Christ Truth is freedom and life to the full. Truth is what Jesus died for and what He lives for. All apostolic literature is about the truth of who God is, what God has done for us and who we are in Him.
PURE IN HEART
It helps to be single minded not double minded. It’s vital to have ‘one husband and not two or more. Any entity other than Jesus to whom we are loyal sullies our purity of heart and pollutes our vision and dulls our spirit. The pure in heart see God, know God and go in, to bat for God because they see God and circumstances as they are, not as they want them to be.
DEAD MEN TALKING
‘Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honour to a fool’ Prov 26.8 NIV. It’s good to know things in wisdom. To know little, yet live in the illusion of our own wisdom is conceit with decay.
To live in a bubble of ignorance, in a sub-culture manufacturing fictions to support unsupportable notions is a vanity. Why would anyone do this? We may do this when we are tied to ideas that we think give us an identity and a claim to significance additional to that which is ours as unique individuals who have an established identity in Jesus. The results of making truth out of untruth are life-draining.
Proverbs has a lot to say about the vanity of being wise in our own eyes. Fullness of life comes to those with humility, a passion for truth and wisdom. Both truth and wisdom are Christ as we learn in Isaiah and John 1.1-4. This means that we can be wise and shine as the sun because we have become the expression of Christ who lives in us and manifests as us – in wisdom and revelation.
KNOWING HOW TO KNOW
“Like probably nothing else, all authentic knowledge of God is participatory knowledge. I must say this directly and clearly because it is a very different WAY OF KNOWING REALITY—and it should be the unique, open-horizoned gift of people of faith. But we ourselves have almost entirely lost this way of knowing, ever since the food fights of the Reformation and the rationalism of the Enlightenment, leading to fundamentalism on the Right and atheism or agnosticism on the Left. Neither of these know how to know! We have sacrificed our unique telescope for a very inadequate microscope. Divine knowing—some would call it spiritual intuition—is actually an allowing of someone else to know in us, through us, for us, and even as us. It demands what I often call an “identity transplant.” (1)
SPIRIT AND LIFE
In the new covenant knowledge is in relationship. We were made to live in God. Only when we are in God – which we are in the new covenant – do we know as God knows. In the Family of God, knowledge is never ‘information’ per se. Knowing is real knowing as the effect of relationship and a state of being. We know truth because we are included in the Family of God by the at-one-ment. We live truth because we are the sons of God. Thus, Jesus spoke words of spirit and life.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation (Kindle Locations 758-765). SPCK. Kindle Edition. . A