Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Apprehensive or Defensive

(The Search for Truth)

In the matter of world religions which do have various differences, in today’s era we are approaching the trend of dialogue. After all, the truth is for the benefit of all men and women, therefore we ought to be open to dialogue and sharing truth and good ideas with one another. We know there are some so closed and fearful to dialogue. We must help one another find the truth. “It is the truth that sets us free” (Jn. 8:32), whether it is in this or that category of human living. Let’s not forget that the search for truth is everyone’s obligation since on it depends our eternal salvation or eternal perdition. Precisely the devil’s stratagem is intent on deceiving us with false earthly promises and attractions.

If you have the truth, why will you be so defensive or apprehensive other ideas or truths may enter. They are for your benefit and progress if they are of the truth. Let’s not forget the nature of a lie – a lie is a half truth. So we all have the obligation to search for the complete truth. This too is important since God is a God of truth (cf. Is. 65:16). The devil is a murderer and the father of lies (cf. Jn. 8:44). In the book of Revelation this is how heaven is being described: “I saw that there was no temple in the city since the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb were themselves the temple, and the city did not need the sun or the moon for light since it was lit by the radiant glory of God and the Lamb was a lighted torch for it. The pagan nations will live by its light and the kings of the earth will bring it their treasures. The gates of it will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there—and the nations will come bringing their treasures and their wealth. Nothing unclean may come into it: no one who does what is loathsome or false, but only those who are listed in the Lamb’s book of life” (Rev. 21:22-27). So let’s endeavor to be sincere and true to ourselves from the very start since God Almighty knows our very inmost thoughts, desires and actions.

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