In this postmodern world that we live, it is often hard to find solid ground on which to stand. The media, the workplace, and sadly, some churches tell us that truth is relative, experience is what really matters, and we can’t really know what the Bible means. It also raises respecting each others’ viewpoints over seeking out the truth (because what’s true for me may not be true for you). Consider this, though: if two people have different beliefs on how to get from point A to point B, but one leads off a cliff (death) while the other leads home (life), it matters who is right.
Thankfully, we serve a God who wrote clearly and whose Word never changes. He looked across time and saw that just as the people of first century A.D. exchanged the truth of God for lies of their own making, so our century would as well (Romans 1:25). Furthermore, He provided a firm foundation on which to build our lives. Take courage in our great and good God who is mighty to save, gracious to love, faithful from eternity past, and consistent through eternity future (Hebrews 13:8).
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change…” (because God never changes; Psalm 46:1-2a)
“But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” (2 Peter 1:20-21; we may be able to make multiple applications from passages of Scripture, but there is only one interpretation — the one God intended when He inspired it)
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” (Col. 2:8)
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Cor. 4:7-9).
Truth is greater than experience, because:
- Experience is inconsistent (my experience may be different than yours)
- Experience can tell *what* happened, but not *why* it happened
- Experience can be “misremembered”
- Experience can produce arrogance that isolates and separates those who had the experience from those who did not have the experience
On the other hand:
- Truth is consistent
- Truth explains what, how, and why
- Truth leads to life
- Truth unites and is available to everyone
(Truth vs. Experience from Watermark, Big XII series, Sept. 20, 2009)