Childhood Memories and Thoughts On Truth –

You know those little kids that tell other little kids that Santa Clause isn’t real or that the Tooth Fairy is actually just their parents? Would it surprise you if I said I was one of those children? I was.

Honestly though! It was difficult for a child as extroverted as me to keep such knowledge to myself. If I knew, why shouldn’t they? They had been led astray in their thinking and it was my self-given duty to enlighten them. At least, that’s what I thought. Of course, I didn’t anticipate the flow of tears that followed my announcement.

This really wasn’t the worst of it, though. My most repeated offense was correcting the theology of my Jr. Church teacher. The poor lady was so patient; I’m sure she sighed inwardly whenever my hand went up during her lesson. I’d like to say I just had a passion for the truth, which I did, but mostly I was just a little girl who didn’t have a clue about not saying everything that came to mind.

I’m glad to say I’ve matured a bit since then. I’ve learned to respect people for their position and, if I can, encourage them where I know they’re right, rather than constantly pointing out areas of fault. But that doesn’t mean I’ve lost my passion for truth. If it’s fitting, I’m always willing to express what I believe, not because I enjoy correcting people, but because truth is important and harmful if misunderstood.

Jesus says in John 17 that God’s Word is truth. Knowing this, it is crucial that we are serious in our interpretation of the Word of God, because it’s not just some book off the shelf that we’re dealing with here.

If I tell someone that God has promised to never give them more than they can handle and then they find themselves in a difficulty that is beyond what they can endure, they will very likely become angry with God and believe He has not kept His Word. Why? Because they did not read His Word in the first place and discover that God never gave such a promise. So in the end, I may believe I’m encouraging them with these words, when really I’m hurting their faith by telling them something untrue.

Bad theology isn’t just bad because it’s faulty, but because it’s harmful to the people who are mislead by it.

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. -Colossians 2:6-8

11 comments

  1. Heather Musu says:

    First, may I say what a joy it is to see how you’ve continued to grow in the Word and in your writing? This is such an excellent article and deals with something that’s always gotten me into trouble too. Thank you for sharing this!

  2. Joy says:

    The beginning of this made me laugh! I’ve always been rather… ehem…passionate about making sure truth is spoken too. =) Oh the number of times I’ve sat in class with my hand raised to nitpick at something the teacher said. Lol.

    Great points in the latter half! I was just thinking about that blogpost of yours, when you wrote about how it’s wrong to say God will never give us more than we can handle. He’s definitely been giving both us more than we can handle lately I think… But that doesn’t make Him any less faithful or loving, or our call any less important.

    • lol you too? I’m sooooo surprised! Well… maybe not that surprised… haha 😉

      It would definitely seem He is giving us both a greater load than we can bear and my mind has been led back to that post a lot lately. What a comfort to know that He is strength in our weakness and faithful when we are faithless. I believe He has great plans for the both of us, Joy, and I am filled with anticipation, not only to continue to see how the Lord works in my life, but also what He does through your life. We must continue to hold on to what we know is true and trust that He will deliver us in His perfect timing.
      So glad you stopped by, dear friend! 🙂 Thanks for reading.

      • Joy says:

        Amen! It’s such a humbling thought, and one that makes all the suffering so worthwhile even if it’s painful, to know that God will use this for His glory. Why would He choose us? And yet He does. What reason for humble submission and patience, even for joy, as we walk through this season of our lives.

  3. mafe says:

    So true!!! thank you for this wonderful post! its a good reminder to be careful which what i say, even as a blogger! If i ever make a un-biblical statement (which i will try not to do) on my blog livesharp, please let me know!! :):).

    • Thank you for reading, Mafe! It is encouraging to see your heart for truth, as well. 🙂 It is definitely a bit of a burden on ourselves to speak the truth to others, because we must do our best to be sure what we say is actually true. Thankfully, we do not search for this truth with only our own ability, but with the help of the Holy Spirit. When we search the Word diligently and listen to those who have searched the Word diligently, God is gracious to guide our hearts and minds.

  4. Alison says:

    My dear, you do know that truth-telling is part of your DNA? The name Allison means “teller of truth”, so it’s sort of hard for you to escape it! 🙂

    • I was actually just talking to my dad about my name yesterday! 🙂 They chose Rachel Allison because Rachel means “little lamb” and Allison (as you pointed out) means “teller of truth.” My parent’s thoughts were that sheep like to wander about, so I would wander around the world speaking truth. Funny thing is, I never really thought of my first name meaning “little lamb” when I decided on the name of my blog, and yet it coincides so well! 🙂

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