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Revelations Chapter 15

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        What is Truth? Many human beings through the ages at one time or another have pondered the famous question, “What is truth?” From hoary antiquity, to the Greek scholars and thinkers, all the way to our modern day, some have seriously questioned, “What is truth?”

        I think back to Jesus according to John saying to Pilate while he was being questioned, “Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.” And Pilate replies, “What is Truth?” That is an interesting thought. What was Pilate saying? Was he asking that question rhetorically, “What is Truth?” Or rather what is John saying when he writes this in his gospel, “What is Truth?” Philosophers have studied, pondered and discussed the question of truth as though it were a definable abstract subject. But I have been pondering this question in the sense of trying to place myself in Jesus’ shoes, not presumptuously nor with arrogance, but rather in sharing his point of view and learning his mindset.

        He was raised in a time among a certain people of a certain mindset with certain customs and religious teachings. There were ideas of what is right and wrong, what is good, what is bad, what is to be believed, what are doctrines of faith. This is very much the condition in which I find myself with my church and community. But I must refine my focus. For Jesus the question was: “What is true and what is not?” It is not so much truth as a concept, but rather “What is real, and what is not real?” So I am addressing this thought from this point of view having observed in the world around me teachings of all kinds, philosophy, and religion: Is there a real God? There are all kinds of concepts and definitions of God. But when I think about it, if there is a real God, then there is no point in me, little human being, defining Him. If there is a real God, then it behoves Him to define Himself to me. And if He does not define Himself, then the question of His reality remains a stagnant point of contention.

        That has been the “burr under my saddle” for a long time. My main motivating purpose has been to find the real God, not being satisfied with religious ideas about Him. Coming from my background, raised in a devout christian family, drawing on scriptures of old, at one point, I had to make a decision. This information which was recorded in this book commonly called “The Holy Scriptures”, or “The Holy Bible”, I had to decide whether I believe it to be true or not. Is it real, is it true, or not? If God is real, and has been defining Himself and revealing Himself to His creation, Man, then ultimately the onus is on me to seek to find the source of the Divine Revelation. I must dig with persistence into available evidence to get to know the Source of that revelation. I do not wish to imagine, to create nor cling to my own ideas about Him. Man from the beginning has been busy at doing that, imagining God, imagining definitions of God and creating religions around those man-made ideas about God. There have been so many religions. Is it not better to receive the understanding of that which already is then to imagine that which is not?

        So I declared to myself a starting point, a rule pertaining to seeking: I accept that God is real. There is one God, and He is real. Initially, who He is, I do not know. So I need to find Him, and I need to get to know Him. I can’t discover Him unless He desires that I do so. The scriptures can be misleading, or they may be the guidance toward finding God. They can be misleading if we cannot accept what they say. We naturally approach the Scriptures with our human predispositions and prejudices requiring that they reveal to us that which is acceptable and pleasing to us rather than accept what they say.

        So I go back to a place where Jesus says that “God is One”. In the old Scriptures, God said to Moses, “Tell the people that I Am That I Am.” Just “I Am, in spite of any human concepts, thought or ideals, I just Am. It does not matter what people think, I just Am.” So with that as a background, I would like to proceed and systematically go through some of the testimonies.

        God reportedly revealed Himself to Mankind through select individuals over the ages. And the records we have in Scripture should pass that information on to us. As Jesus said, “All those who are of the truth hear my voice.” So if I am “of the truth”, or rather genuinely desiring the true or the real, I will hear his voice. I am going to use that foundation as my starting point. I am going to listen to his voice, and I am going to hear his voice to see where he leads me.

 

 

"Gospel":

From the old English "Godspell".

Original Greek word in the New Testament:

"Euanggelia";

Made of three main parts:

"Eu" meaning "Well, Proper";

"Ago" meaning "Lead";

"Agele" meaning "That which is led"

(i.e. a herd)

 

The definition of the word "Euanggelia" is therefore:

"Proper Guidance".

 

The Verb Form of "Euanggelia" is "Euanggelidzo" which has been commonly translated in the

New Testament as "to Evangelize".