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Seeing the Truth

God uses all the world as stepping stones to Himself.

Published on: Jun 9, 2008

Before I knew Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I had no clear idea what is truth. But when Truth came into my heart, the process of disentangling truth from lies began. Truth is reality not what we think is reality. No one has the corner on truth, yet everyone is mistaken somewhere in their thinking, self included. So the discipleship of Truth in my heart is to discover Truth in the world.

The Lord is working in my heart to reach the perspective that Paul shared when in his letter to the Philippians he addressed the dispute of believers who were bold in their preaching of Christ (v. 1:4) because of Paul’s preaching while in prison (v. 1:3) and those who preached Christ for contention with the hope of increasing Paul’s affliction (v. 1:16), he concludes:

What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. (Phil 1:18 KJV)

God uses reality as stepping stones for all people to Him, the Truth. When I read the biography of C.S. Lewis entitled, “Jack” by George Sayer, I was struck by the description of how the secular book critics missed the Christianity in the his science fiction book, “Out of the Silent Planet.” He, Tolkien and his fellow Inklings, realized that the gospel of Christ could be preached indirectly to an audience who otherwise would have no interest in the gospel. In my case, the “Lord of the Rings,” the “Perelandria” trilogy, the George MacDonald books, even Herbert’s “Dune Messiah” books and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” (both with no Christian intent), were used by God as stepping stones to the Truth.

Everyone has the ability to see the Truth.

Rom 2:14-15

14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) (KJV)

Any work of religion, government, literature, art, or what have you that touches any aspect of truth will remain. Critics of the Bible have argued in the past that the laws of Hammurabi, which preceded the Mosaic laws, were the laws that Moses based the Torah upon. The reason for the argument is that the laws of Hammurabi contain many similar ethical laws as found in the Bible. It was this law that governed the Babylonian Empire, and which Nebuchadnezzar obeyed. Nebuchadnezzar was called by God in his dream, recorded in the book of Daniel, as “a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.” (Dan 2:37 KJV).

God honors His Word (Isa. 55:11), and anyone who does anything according to His word, God will honor. So Hammurabi saw truth without knowing the Living Truth, and God honored that. That law became a stepping stone for Nebuchadnezzar to know Yahweh when Daniel and the other captives brought the Torah to Babylon.

There have been a variety of secular productions that touch truth without knowing the Truth that God is using in the lives of many people. One such example is the movie, Matrix. These film-makers clearly do not know The Truth, but they are portraying through their blindness aspects of truth that have resonated with viewers.

In the community of believers that know Jesus, there is a cacophony of opinions on a myriad number of Christian topics. When I read or listen to another commentary on a topic there will often be points that resonate and other points that lift red flags. For example, back in 1987 when I read the prophecy of Daniel’s regarding the lion that stood up with the heart of a man and had eagle’s wings (Dan. 7:4), the Lord quickened to me that this was the United States coming out of Great Britain. Not until around 1998 did I hear Irvin Baxter speak the same thing, had I heard anyone else interpret this passage in that way. I listened to his ministry for many years until I sensed that he was holding to other traditional interpretations that did not resonate in my spirit.

Another example is Darin Hufford’s book, “The God’s Honest Truth” (which I have not read). I understand that he looked at 1 Corinthians 13 on love and applied it to God, and that is the core of his book. I did the same thing in my book, “That Which is Lost” back in 1998.

Watchman Nee says that the Spirit speaks to His body, not just to individuals. That means, when you hear God speaking, others will hear it too. Since we all have our filters of lies that God is working out of our hearts, others hearing what you heard will probably have some variation upon it.

So what is the point I am trying to make? As I grow in my discipleship with Christ, I am seeing more and more of the stepping stones of truth that is touched upon by millions of people in a variety of ways. I am seeing the connection of these glimpses of truth that reflect the Living Truth. I am learning to eat the chicken and to spit out the bones with all sources that profess the truth. I have also learned that the Truth can only be brought to others by what ever part of truth they have a glimpse of. Therefore, any way that Christ is preached, I too, shall rejoice.

We are not to be deceived. We do not embrace the lies that others believe. But neither should we discount the truth they have seen.

Comments to Original Post

Amy
Submitted on 07/21/2008

This Blog is excellent. I’ve known that C.S. Lewis wrote his stories to a secular audience, but speaking the gospel story. As well, I knew the Matrix was created with the same underlying Truths.

However, I did not know the stories behind Hammurabi and Nebuchadnezzar. I see now what you mention here is so right on! Another example of how God has always worked in ways that we’d never imagine, unless we really take the time to look at it.

And yes! I can personally totally identify with what you shared from Watchman Nee. He said that that the Spirit speaks to His body, not just to individuals. So, when one hears God speaking, others will hear it, too. I can very much identify. When you, Darin, or other brothers and sisters say or write something based on God’s Truth, my heart KNOWS it’s True, so the Spirit gives me a sense that yes! This is right. I’m experiencing this more and more! It’s great! And, my Spirit also “speaks” to my mind and heart when I hear something that is not Truth. For example, the whole Todd Bentley stuff, and also a lot of what I hear on the News regarding politics. You get the picture.

So, yes! Your blog here, helped me to realize, that like you, I’m discovering that as I grow in my discipleship with Christ, I am seeing more and more of the stepping stones of truth that is touched upon by millions of people in a variety of ways. And, being a new member on several forums, this discovery of what’s going on within myself, helps me realize that this is just another example of the unique journeys everyone else is experiencing. Thus, I can have grace, patience, and respect for others who may disagree or state things that I do not believe at that time or firmly don’t believe is Truth.

~Amy 🙂

Editor
Submitted on 07/21/2008

Amy,
What an encouraging comment. Your last statement sums our growth in Christ. The grace, patience and respect you give others is directly rooted in the very grace, patience and respect that Father gives us. The more know the Truth, the more our character becomes His.
Alex

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