"Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth." John 17:17 (AMP)
There is a thought going around these days that truth varies from person to person. You hear people talking about living their truth as if they live in a different universe than everyone else. What is forbidden by most may be found totally acceptable by the few because they have chosen to believe that what the majority might consider morally unacceptable is perfectly fine for some.
For example, a couple of months ago I heard a woman on the nightly news state that pedophiles should be given more consideration because they can't help themselves. According to her, their attraction to children was part of their make-up when they were born, therefore, we should allow them to live that life.
Is this the truth or is this simply a way around the truth?
Too many times, we pick and choose what we want to believe as truth. This way we avoid the feelings of guilt and shame that might accompany wrong choices. And, we live in a world that is allowing, even celebrating, those who write their own rules of what is acceptable.
I guess you have to base your beliefs upon what and who you ultimately have faith in as the accurate and factual source of truth and morals.
In today's verse we read words that Jesus prayed before His crucifixion. As He prayed about those who chose to follow Him, He asked His Father to sanctify them, or set them aside for Himself. He asked God to make them holy by His truth and says that, "Your Word is Truth."
The ultimate source for moral truth is God Himself. He has laid out in His Word what is and is not considered right and good.
You have the option to choose your own set of beliefs. However, if you say you believe that He is Truth, that the Bible is Truth, then, at least in my understanding, that would mean that you do not get to pick and choose which parts of it you accept. If His Word is Truth, then what He says is sin, is sin. What He says is holy, is holy.
This would also mean that you take His Word as He gave it. In other words, either it is all true or none of it is. Why would we pull out parts of it to question and why would we ever think that we, the created, have the right to judge whether the Creator really meant all or part of what He said?
I have mentioned before that I take the Word of God as it is written, as inspired, God-breathed, and to be believed. I don't ask if He really created the world in six days because He said He did and that is good enough for me. He holds all power so it is certainly not anything that He could not do. I don't question it. If you do, then that is your choice and between you and Him.
I will, however, tell you the Good News, the Gospel, about Jesus and if you do not know Him as your Savior and Lord, then I will share what He has done for me and I will pray for you and encourage you to repent and believe so that you will be saved. Jesus is the Truth. He is the Living Word of God. Through Him, and the leading of the Holy Spirit, you will find understanding of the written Word that we call the Bible.
Here is the greatest Truth of all. Almighty God send His Son, Jesus, to be the sacrifice for our sins (mine and yours) so that we might be forgiven and have eternal life with Him. I hope you take this into your heart and that, if you are not a believer, you will find Him to be all you need.
May grace and mercy cover your week.