July 27, 2015

THE TRUTH? What is that exactly?

I have only recently really understood what that meant for me.  There is a New Testament passage from Paul’s Epistle to the Romans that is important to this discussion:

Image of ancient text

An early manuscript of Pauline Letters

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

(Romans 1:18 – 1:21 ESV) [Emphasis mine.]

This passage pretty much says it all about seeking “the Truth.”  The Truth represents God’s “invisible attributes… his eternal power and divine nature,” which the Christian Bible, Jewish scripture, and Eastern philosophy of all kinds suggest are Omnipresence, Omnipotence, Omniscience and Immutability. I will frequently refer to these as O³I as shorthand for these four attributes. The Truth then for me is realizing that God, the Supreme,  is personal and real and true.

no excuse

Ancient Sanskrit text – Buddhism

In literature around the world, in every culture, in every language and race, similar words have been written. I do not believe it is important to quote every one of them. The Truth is with us. As the verse says, we know the truth; we have no excuse. My search has been to figure out what that meant for me. I (ego) didn’t realize that at first, but my spirit knew it all along. My life has been this culmination of events leading me to this understanding. How did this Truth fit into my life? How was it important to me? I speak of “The Truth” often.

Paul says “No Excuse!”

The Truth, then according to Paul (quoted above) was to “honor him as God” “to give thanks to him” and so to understand that there is a Supreme and accept that concept and embrace that concept. Otherwise “they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

Golden Rule

Dead sea scroll fragment.

Phrases like this occur everywhere through time. That is the key, then; that is the Truth. In accepting that there is a larger consciousness connecting ALL of us in a common way, we can come to understand the means to the end is set to occur in a certain way. When we follow that way we are in harmony with the Supreme and our lives are more fulfilled. When we reject the Supreme; our lives digress and we fall into darkness and despair. The lives of those in the darkened condition are confused, tormented and depressed—it boils down to our Mental Attitude, to our Conscious connection to the Supreme. We are connected to Universal Consciousness. What we make of that connection is our choice! And the ancient texts say we have “no excuse”!

Which way do you think you are headed today?