What is truth? Is Character important?
Some people believe that truth is relative. They say "My truth is what I make it!" However if what they believe is wrong, they do not have truth, they are merely deceiving themselves. People have been pondering these question for eons. 2000 years ago Pilot who delivered over Jesus Christ to be crucified asked that very same question in John 18:38.
Even Websters dictionary defines truth as "conformity with fact."
One of the best statements on this subject comes from H. Orton Wiley in his book Introduction to Christian Theology. He writes:
In recent years there has been a tendency in liberal religious circles to discredit the importance of doctrinal study. Frequently an impression has been given that sincerity of attitude was more important than the importance of doctrinal study. Frequently an impression has been given that sincerity of attitude was more important than the content of belief. While no one would discount the necessity of sincerity, no right-thinking person believes that sincerity can or should be substituted for a knowledge of the truth. To believe a falsehood, however sincerely, is disastrous, and the greater the degree of sincerity the more dire are likely to be the consequences. It is only a knowledge of the truth that makes men either free or safe. And if this be true, as it is, in the physical and material realms of life, how much more important it is in the realm of spiritual values with their eternal consequences.
An anonymous writer has well expressed the intimate relation between belief, activity, character, and destiny in the following lines:
Sow a thought, reap an act:
Sow an act, reap a habit;
Sow a habit, reap a character;
Sow a character, reap a destiny.
Exactly so! Ideas are motor. They eventuate in acts. Acts, repeated, become habits out of which character evolves. Thus does Holy Writ affirm that out of the heart are the issues of life, and "as a man thinks in his heart, so is he." There is a chain of unbroken continuity between what one believes in the here and now, and the kind of person he will be and the place of his abode in the hereafter. It is clear, therefore, that belief is vital in determining personal activity, moral character, and eternal destiny!
Real absolute truth has eternal consequences. We do not want to be wrong about actions that determine eternal condition. Do we want to take that chance, it seems as if many decide to. The Holy Spirit guides men into truth, John 16:8-14
8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:
9 in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me;
10 in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer;
11 and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
12 "I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.
13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.
Jesus said of himself "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
Colossians 2: 2 My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,
3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."
Do we want to risk it? Willfully rejecting or ignoring Jesus Christ and his rules in our lives has dire consequences.