Truth is an incredibly significant concept. Our view of truth shapes not only our personal lives but also our society. It especially impacts our relationship with God including our view of Scripture.
Our definition of truth is affected by what we watch, what we read, and even the opinions of our friends. Add to that the sway of social media, your “truth” is being adjusted with every post and tweet you receive. Imagine there are 500 million tweets sent every day. Scary isn’t it.
Let’s face reality! We live in an age where we are being bombarded by varying opinions as to what is or isn’t truth. Because of these deceptive trends, it is important that we have a reliable and trustworthy compass by which to navigate in this world. We need guidance from God. We need God’s divine perspective.
God’s perspective of truth
In the Old Testament, truth is rendered as true or faithful. In either case, the Hebrew concept communicates reliability and trustworthiness. This trustworthiness is frequently used to describe God’s divine faithfulness (Ps. 31:5; Jer. 42:5).
In the New Testament, truth emphasizes reality as God has revealed it in creation (Rom. 1:18) and in the gospel (Eph. 1:13; Col. 1:5; 1 Tim. 2:4). God’s perspective of truth is given to us through His Word and through the Spirit of Truth—the Holy Spirit. Armed with these divine gifts we are provided a continual source of truth.
Truth in action
Adherence to the truth was critical during the formation of the early Church. Pressured by the Judaizers to continue with the practice of circumcision, the church at Galatia was in danger of spiritual error. They were rejecting the truth (salvation through Jesus Christ alone) to avoid persecution. We at one time or another have been guilty of quietly accepting error versus being truth tellers. That is to our shame.
In Galatians 5:7, Paul poses a question to this young church: “You were getting along so well. Who has interfered with you to hold you back from following the truth?”
Paul continues by stating emphatically, “This persuasion does not come from the One who calls you.” When we drift from the truth that God has revealed, we can be assured of its origin—the puppeteer of deception and lies, Satan.
Coram Deo is a Latin phrase translated “in the presence of God”. It has its origin is Christian theology which summarizes the idea of Christians living in the presence of, under the authority of, to the honor and glory of God. Truth is to be lived coram Deo.
Practicing God’s divine perspective
Truth is to be practiced not only within the church but also outside its four walls. Imagine the impact that error has on every aspect of our society—in our homes, in the workplace, and in our institutions. Practicing God’s divine perspective acknowledges the importance of sharing truth in every sphere of our life.
Using God’s revelation, we have access to reliable knowledge—divine truth—about God, about ourselves, and how we are to live in relationship with our fellow man. Unfortunately, we often separate our “faith walk” from our “lifestyle”. God’s truth should permeate every area of our life. Practicing God’s divine perspective requires that we walk in God’s truth continuously.
Our dependence on God’s truth is not based on emotional sentimentalities but firmly grounded in the nature of God (Deut. 7:9). We walk in accordance with His moral realities and act in harmony with His divine revelations (Ps. 26:3). Practicing God’s divine perspective recognizes God’s trustworthiness.
Knowing the reliability of God and accepting the reality of God, we can begin to operate from God’s divine perspective. God’s divine truth becomes the vehicle by which we can successfully navigate in this 21st century postmodern society.