What is truth? This is a philosophical question. G.E. Moore argues the correspondence theory of truth. F.H. Bradley conjectures the coherence theory of truth. William James Advocates the pragmatic theory of truth. Mr. Webster says that truth is conformity to knowledge, fact, actuality or logic. Let me sound my trumpet, truth is objective and eternal. Its validity does not depend upon you or me because it is outside of us. No wonder the poet penned, “Truth crushed to the earth will rise again, the eternal years of God are hers. No lie can live forever.”
There are times when this objective source of information crushes the mind and heart to pieces. Sometimes truth causes pain and tears to be shed. Truth sometimes stirs up wrath and makes enemies out of best friends. Truth causes husbands and wives to break up a marriage of many years. Some people do not like the truth, but would rather pretend. Truth will elevate you or deflate you; it will magnetize you or repel you; it will satisfy you or disturb you; it will make you shouting glad or fighting mad. Socrates said, “Do not be angry with me if I tell you the truth.”
TRUTH HURTS WHEN IT SHATTERS TRADITIONAL IDEAS. The Master said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6) Jesus’ home folks were hurt by the truth that he was the Messiah. (Luke 4:16-24) Even though the truth might hurt sometimes, you need to understand that you can do nothing against the truth. (2 Cor. 13:8) You ought to let God be true and every man a liar. (Roman 3:4) Some religious ideas that have been taught for a long time are wrong, and when you tell people the truth it hurts. Calling the preacher REVEREND is not according to the truth. (Psalm 111:9) God does not hear and answer the sinner’s prayer. (John 9:31, I Peter 3:12) Baptism is not sprinkling or pouring but a burial in water. (Romans 6:4)
God does not have any WOMEN PREACHERS. (I Cor. 14:34) Instrumental music should not be used in the worship service of the church. (Eph. 5:19) Christ has ONLY ONE CHURCH and that church is THE CHURCH OF CHRIST. (Matt. 16:18,Romans 16:16) The Bible is right, but somebody is wrong.