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Coming to Terms with Truth

A friend recently showed me that something I had believed to be true was actually false.

Frankly, I was shocked to realize that I could be wrong. I am quick to claim that anybody else is wrong, misguided, foolish, blind to the facts… and now I am realizing that I am just as fallible. In arrogance, I had refused to acknowledge reality. It was almost as if I had a cancerous tumor on my skin and decided to believe that the cancer was only a harmless wart, that’s how blatantly wrong I was. Paul of Tarsus, a writer and teacher expressly devoted to truth, makes the point that people deliberately repress the truth and instead think up ideas that are foolish.

Jesus said that knowing the truth will make us free. Inversely, not knowing the truth will keep us from freedom. We will be stuck, imprisoned, chained down. I myself was stuck in a false belief that led me to clumsily hurt other people, and it kept me from resolving issues in my own life.

I’m not the first to believe as truth something that was not actually true. People once thought that the earth was flat. People once thought that the sun revolved around the earth. People get lost because they thought it was “over in this direction.” If indeed we are prone to believing what is false, how do we become aware of and know the truth?

Returning to what Jesus said, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” Jesus went on to say, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to God except through me.” Paul himself testifies in his letter to the Roman church, “The truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts.”

Are we pushing any truths away? Will we have the courage and the good sense to lay down our high opinion of ourselves and consider the possibility that we do not always know what is correct? Will we admit that the truth lies outside of our own personal opinions and that we must come to terms with it?

Kurt Larson is inclined to writing out words and music as a way of wrestling with and growing in understanding of truth. He tends toward melancholy and introspection, and is thus grateful for the palette of personalities of his friends and family to help him better understand life. As much as Kurt enjoys the exhilaration of music, he is deeply grateful for the peace of early mornings and quiet evenings and groves of trees.