We all like to think that we are right. Even when the bible clearly tells us we are wrong in a lot of circumstances. We let our own emotions blind us from the truth of every situation. If someone sinned against you that doesn’t mean you have the right to sin against them as a reaction. Also, when an idea or thought sounds good that doesn’t equate to truth. Many times, truth is painful while lies give us a temporal feeling of happiness? If your truth is does not line up with scripture, then you are not following God. If the answer is no, then who are you really following?
Proverbs 3:5-7 (NASB):
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do no be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil”
I believe when you start to create your own truth you reject the truth explained in the verse. You do not fear the Lord, yet your fear is an emotional rejection based on your own pride. Every action you have it must be held up to God’s standard. It must be combatable with the word of God. When we create our own truth, our lives become increasingly confusing and lack purpose. A vocational example could be as follows:
My boss John Smith told me to do a task I was sick of doing and felt like it was below me. John Smith is a horrible person because he doesn’t understand my value as an employee. When I yelled at him in front of his supervisors and got him fired it was worth it cause John is a worthless person.
This example I created you make truth in your head that isn’t compatible to God’s truth. The truth that is created by this man is he deserves it because he doesn’t appreciate me and is justified from the logic that this what the boss is doing to you. That is a lie. God truth goes as follows:
Mathew 7:12 (NASB),
“’In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.’”
This is a Truth that we as Christians don’t follow due to our blind rage at someone. It leads to a destructive lifestyle and leads people away from Christ. When we have a victim mentality it becomes a snowball effect. We eventually need to look in the mirror and examine who we become. This then leads me to this verse I have for you.
1 John 2:3-6:
“By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.”
When we don’t act in accordance with him and His laws our truth isn’t of God. If you are not rationalizing an interaction in accordance to Mathew 7:12 your emotions are not truthful. They are just emotions. When you treat others they way you want to be treated you are living in accordance with God’s truth. When culture says to live by your truth tell them no. Say we can only be perfected when we walk in accordance with God’s truth. All we become is a empty shell of a person when we create our own truth.
Many times, in our world today we get angry at people who have different opinions then us. We get into pointless debates that lead to outcomes that make us feel better rather then seeking truth. We pander to our side without caring about what good we can accomplish in the other person. We debate to win instead of convincing the other person. We should use the Socratic Method when debating issues to lead us to the truth. I’ll summarize with this verse:
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NASB):
“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.”
If you have an insight to add or a differing viewpoint, please comment. My next post will be on a specific problem in teachings within the church that also creates your own truth.