Monday, April 20, 2015

I Can Fly. . .Or Maybe Not

Our granddaughter Emma, now seven years old, spent a few years of her life misguidedly thinking she could fly.

She is a graceful, athletic, energetic child and when younger would take great delight in jumping from anywhere to anything.  I think she truly believed that if she could just find the right angle and push off hard enough, she would take flight.

There came a day, though, when she learned the truth of the situation.

Her brother, a year older than she is, tells one story and Emma tells another.  Jack's version is that Emma was indeed jumping from one piece of furniture to another.  Having witnessed her do this (immediately preceding the discipline she needed to teach her not to -- at least in my presence) I had no doubt that his version was truthful.  Emma, however, tells that she was leaning over and fell backwards off the furniture.  Whichever version is correct, the bottom line is that when Emma fell she
broke her collarbone.

Except for a short time in the hospital, Emma seemed to have no ill effect from her injury.  Even with her arm in a sling she was still as energetic and athletic as before even if she didn't seem to  bounce around on the furniture quite as much.  She had learned the truth of the situation. . .she can't fly.

It is one thing for a truth to exist.  It is another thing for us to believe and accept the truth.  Emma did not want to accept the truth that humans cannot, of their own power, fly.  Her lack of belief did not change the truth of the matter.

There are some people who hear a truth in the Scriptures and respond, "Well, I don't believe that," as if their lack of belief changed the reality of the truth in anyway.  For truth to be truth it must be unchangeable. . .it cannot be one thing to one person and another to someone else.  It must be authoritative and immutable, or else it simply can't be truth, it is opinion.  We are all welcome to form our own opinions, we cannot, however, form our own truth.

The earth revolves around the Sun.  While some may like to say the Sun, and the whole universe in fact, revolves around our beautiful blue orb, their thoughts do not stop the earth in it's orbit one millimeter.

The truth of the Scriptures are the same way.  They are what they are and they don't change because of our opinion, interpretation or unbelief.  We may not accept every single truth easily, but that has no bearing upon the truth itself.  As the disciples once said, "This is an hard saying; who can hear it?" (John 6:60.)  Sometimes I think the "hard sayings" are probably the ones we need to hear the most.

There are those who eschew the truths of the Bible and refer to all those who believe them as believing in fairy tales.  But be certain, there will come a day when all will clearly know the truth.  In that day opinions won't matter, only God's truth and the choice of what each of us has done with His truth.

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me."  John 14:6

"That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of the Father."  Philippians 2: 10,11

"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened:  and another book was opened, which is the book of life. . .And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."  Revelation 20: 12,15

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