Today’s Reading: Titus 1:1-16
We have all heard people say it doesn’t matter what religion you are as long as you are sincere. In other words, if you believe that you will go to heaven, you will, regardless of whether you have trusted in Jesus or not.
People believe that if you believe something is ok to do then it is. If you believe that it is ok to perform a certain act, or live a certain way, then it is ok. In other words, it may not be your truth but this is my truth.
Let us try applying this to the real word. If you believe that it is true that you have a £1000 in your account (but in reality only have £5), what do you think is going to happen when you write a check for £999? Your belief in that £1000 is not going to help you a bit.
Napoleon believed that he could capture Russia in the winter. What he believed to be true did not help him in the least as he was soundly defeated.
The passengers of the Titanic believed that the ship was unsinkable. Did that belief stop that ship from going to the bottom of the ocean? No.
We need to understand, especially in our society today, that TRUTH IS IMPORTANT! It is important to our God, and it should be important to us as well. Regardless of whether we are talking about morals, religion, or everyday life, truth is important.
Paul writes to Titus “Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness,”
So we are told quite plainly in this verse that importance of truth! It leads to, or promotes godliness. Truth is a concrete ideal. What is true is true for everyone. Something cannot be true and false at the same time. That would destroy the very idea of truth.
John Piper wrote: “Not to care about truth is not to care about God. To love God passionately is to love truth passionately. Being God-centered in life means being truth-driven in ministry. What is not true is not of God. What is false is anti-God. Indifference to the truth is indifference to the mind of God. Pretense is rebellion against reality and what makes reality is God. Our concern with truth is simply an echo of our concern with God.”