Friday, January 24, 2014

Do Christians Search for Truth?

From time to time I read blog posts and articles written by professed atheists. I find it interesting and at times challenging to see how those who do not believe in any god view life. In reading these posts I find some recurring themes. One in particular has started to bother me. Often I see atheist declare how they are searching for truth. I applaud them for this noble pursuit. But this seems to imply that others are not searching for truth. And while Christians are people of faith, our faith should not keep us from the search for truth.

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes he will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:13)

A guide is someone who leads you, directs you or gives you advice in how to arrive at a destination. Jesus promised his followers a guide who would direct them to “all truth.” This implies that we are on a journey of sorts where the end result is that we will find truth. Of course this means we need to follow with the idea being that we seek truth and our God via His spirit guides us in our search.

I admit that some who profess faith appear to be brainwashed. No comment as to whether or not appearances are deceiving. But there is a difference between having faith because something is true and believing no matter what. Christian faith should be built on a foundation that starts with the testimony of the Spirit of Truth as to the nature of Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:15-18). And while there are things which Christians accept by faith we should do so because we have found the one giving the testimony to be credible.

Real Christians do search for truth. As we find truth we allow it to affect how we live our lives. When atheists say they are searching for truth, followers of Jesus should be able to honestly say, “So do we.”

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