What is reality? That which is true. What is truth? That which corresponds to reality. Truth and reality go hand to hand. In fact, truth is like a glove that fits perfectly to reality. All that is not true feels and fits like a left-hand glove on someone’s right hand. If you want a more concrete example, take a look at this Foxnews report regarding an interview with the VP of Communications for Planned Parenthood. The glove doesn't fit.
“Hear me all, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.”
An unknown author once wrote, “Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words. Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character. Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.”
Man was made and consecrated in truth, for his Creator is true to his word. “Let us create man in our image.” And it happened. Not only did God create man in his image and likeness, he took his Word, “and the Word became flesh and lived among us.” What did God give to man but the ability to seek and to find (to discover and embrace) the truth. And, let me make this very clear, none of us are satisfied until we find the truth, regardless of how painful it may be. We all want to know the truth. We all seek authentic love, true kindness, real-life stories and honest-to-God friends. No one is satisfied with lies. No one, not even children.
When we look at our ancestors, it is not too difficult to believe the ancient stories of Adam and Eve; of Cain and Abel. After all, we can be confident that there must have been a first man and a first woman. Otherwise, we would not be. That they had belly-buttons is irrelevant. We also know that in the history of the world, as man began to separate himself more and more from his Creator, sin grew fiercer and commonplace. Is it so hard to believe in the story of Cain and Abel? Is it so hard to believe that there must have been a first theft in the history of the world and a first murderer? No, someone or something taught man how to kill and we know that it must have happened early on because we have become experts, professionals, in this crime.
Today is a day of reflection. Begin with no doubts in your heart, soul or mind. What is this truth that I seek? To know myself and to know the one who created me? To seek out and to love the one who loved me first. Well then, take some time today - this week - to meditate on life, on friendship, on beauty and wrap it all in God’s truth. Allow your mind to wander and to investigate. Do not allow yourself to be hindered under the burden of sin, which is all too common for all of us. What do I mean by that? If you look close enough, you will always see the defects in your brothers and sisters. From within sinful man comes evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. No, seek that which is original, not counterfeit or foreign. Look into their eyes and not with the splinter or plank that hinders your own.
Seek God in all Truth. O bless the Lord, my soul! (Ps 104:1)