Is truth dead?

Adapted from an article published in The Christian Science Monitor, July 12, 2017.

“The question, ‘What is Truth,’ convulses the world,” wrote Mary Baker Eddy, an astute observer of the world (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 223). The turmoil in many parts of the globe today certainly illustrates that point.

Sometimes efforts are made to obscure the truth. Being able to discern the accuracy of what we read or hear—to separate fact from fiction—is important. And I’ve found help in Christian Science, which gives a deeper understanding of God as divine Truth. What we might call “real truth” expresses God’s goodness, lawfulness, and love. Whatever divides, darkens, or confuses—such as hatred or violence—is not part of or justified by Truth. God, who is also Love, cannot and would not instill in anyone’s heart anything opposite to Love’s own nature.

The longing of the human heart to know what’s true is perennial, and is a thread woven throughout the Bible. Christ Jesus’ understanding of divine Truth not only enabled him to demonstrate the truth of God’s power to heal sick people, but also made him fearless in dealing with pride and corruption. In the face of his wholly unjust crucifixion, Jesus declared: “To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice” (John 18:37). And he proved the profoundness of the spiritual truth to which he was witnessing in powerful acts of reformation and healing.

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