16 Sep Pursuit Diary: Truth Project #1 “What is Truth?”
Pursuit kicked off this past Sunday! I’m so excited to be a part of this new thing happening at SMCC. The Lord has a lot in store for us! So after chatting and getting some goodies (thanks, Debbie!), we settled in for the first video of the Truth Project series. No one knew exactly what to expect, except that the title was “Veritology: What is Truth?” Sounded pretty serious.
Del Tackett, the host/teacher of the series, is a smart, charismatic, and often witty man who is skilled at making difficult concepts easy to grasp and make sense of—without “dumbing it down”. I was captivated throughout the entire 45 minutes of the presentation. He went over the incredible significance of Truth—that it is NOT just some abstract, unknowable “thing” (as most of our culture would have us believe)—but that it is Reality Itself, and it is why Jesus came to the earth.
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered,
“You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born,
and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.
Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
Salvation, life, health, soundness—it’s all inescapably bound to TRUTH. Truth is what conforms to reality, and reality is defined by God—Ultimate Reality. Dr. Tackett went on to point out that this issue of Truth is at the center of the “cosmic battle” that has been raging since Man’s first temptation in the Garden. The serpent tempted our first parents to question God’s words and ways. “Did God really say?”… Since that time the Truth (or “the ways things really are”, according to God—not us) has been questioned, challenged, attacked, and ignored—and the results have been and still are catastrophic. What we believe plays out in our lives as individuals and as nations, and leads to life or death.
Will we quit looking to the world
and our own opinions to define reality
and look to the Man Christ Jesus
who is the Way, the Truth (Reality), and the Life?
Dr. Tackett concludes that, in almost every case, the perspective of contemporary culture stands in direct opposition to the Truth-centered worldview presented in the Bible. In the process of making this case, he advances the bold claim that our culture is not only filled with lies but is actually heading in the direction of social insanity. As a result, he proposes that Pilate’s query – “What is truth?”– is the most important question facing our society today. He ends Lesson 1 by challenging his audience with this all-important question: “Do you really believe that what you believe is really real?”