Have you ever heard that context makes all the difference? For example, did you know that the Bible says “there is no God?” If you don’t believe me, look up Psalm 14:1. I’ll wait…
What you find when you go there is this verse, “The fool says in his heart ‘There is no God.’” So it literally does include the phrase “there is no God.” But you have to read the whole sentence to understand the meaning.
I thought about this as I was reading Jesus’ words in John chapter 8. Many people like to quote Jesus’ words, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)
Everyone likes to use these words of Jesus to place a stamp of approval upon their own version of the truth. They make this appeal to abstract ideas about truth that have no definite moral foundation. But Jesus didn’t say it like that. He gave the foundation in the same statement. To understand what truth Jesus is talking about, we need to read the whole statement.
Jesus says, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” The teachings of Jesus are the foundation of truth that will set us free. We will not learn the truth by the rational arguments of philosophers or the experimental method of the scientists even though these are worthwhile pursuits.
We will learn the truth when we live in the words of Jesus.
The truth will set us free, according to Jesus. But we do not get to choose the truth. There is only one truth, the word of Jesus.
Love in Christ,
Pastor, Rocky River Baptist Church