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Monday, June 13, 2011
THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH
Books on psychology or economics or politics are as continuously metaphorical as books of poetry or devotion.
As Pilate would say, "What is truth?" Or, as I would say, "Where can we find truth?"
In this quote, C.S. Lewis indicates that there is as much truth in poetry as there is in psychology or economics or politics. Certainly, I can understand the critique on politics given the general acceptance of how politicians tend to bend or ignore the truth. Economists have great theories on where and how the market is going to go, but, truth be told, often they are simply trying to read tea leaves. Psychologists...not sure anyone could argue there is truth to be be found in psychology. Not there isn't truth in any of those disciplines, just as there is also truth, at times, in poetry. The truth in each discipline, however, is incomplete and elusive.
Where is there definitive truth upon which we can consistently and always hang our hats? Is it found in science? The interesting thing about science is that it is an absolute search for truth and it does arrive at "laws" which are truth. It is not a complete truth however; science has nothing to say on issues of ethics for example.
Can we find truth in other people? Again, people can be "true", but not always and not necessarily consistently. Can we find truth in ourselves? I do not see how anyone could seriously say, "Yes"; how often do we lie to ourselves?
Obviously, there is only one Truth who is true in all circumstances and in every situation. The first chapter of the Gospel of John uses the nomenclature of "Word" for Jesus Christ, but which could also be translated, "Truth".
"In the beginning was the [Truth], and the [Truth] was with God, and the [Truth] was God."
The heart-stopping reality is that that Truth came and dwelt among us, so that we can know It.
"And the [Truth] became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14
Ultimate truth can be found in no other discipline or name than Jesus Christ.