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WHY SEARCH ? FOR TRUTH ?

      MANY religious organizations claim to have the truth, and they offer it eagerly to others. However, between them they offer a dizzying profusion of “truths.” Is this just another evidence that all truths are relative, that there are no absolute truths ? No.
       In fact, no one really believes that there is no truth. When it comes to physical realities, such as medicine, mathematics, or the laws of physics, even the staunchest relativist will believe that some things are true. Who of us would dare to ride in an airplane if we did not think that the laws of aerodynamics were absolute truths ? Verifiable truths do exist; they surround us, and we stake our lives on them.
      So let us leave the murky waters of relativism and examine briefly what the Bible describes as the pure waters of truth. (John 4:14; Revelation 22:17) In the Bible, “truth” is not at all like the abstract, intangible concept over which philosophers debate.
     When JESUS said that his whole purpose in life was to talk about the truth, he was speaking of something that faithful Jews had valued for centuries. In their sacred writings, the Jews had long read of “truth” as something concrete, not theoretical. In the Bible, “truth” translates the Hebrew word “?emeth?,” which signifies that which is firm, solid, and, perhaps most of all, reliable.
    The Jews had good reason for viewing truth in that way. They called their GOD, JEHOVAH, “the GOD of truth.” (Psalm 31:5)

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