When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.
- Colossians 2:13-17
“Nothing can deceive unless it bears a plausible resemblance to reality.”
- C. S. Lewis, An Experiment In Criticism
In our present Post-Truth Age, can we throw out this C. S. Lewis quote?
The title might be misread as “Oh, really?” I did that on purpose, for I have so many times in recent weeks wanted to just scream “Oh, really?” at the latest idiocy spouted by the secular world. But the title is really the first part of a lament – Oh, Reality, where hast thou gone? Not Biblical, but maybe it could be a rallying cry for our troubled times.
And in the NIV, “reality” appears once, in Colossians 2:17. Indeed, reality in these troubled times can only be found in Christ. Otherwise, reality itself is mere ether.
My wife and I went to the diagnostic clinic and were forced to watch my most hated TV show, the View, while we waited. My wife used her tinnitus as a blessing and simply tuned it out. I was stuck. The women on the show portrayed everything that the president said as being a lie, but when they interviewed a governor, they tried to make him back-pedal on his actions in his state. He said everything that they had just said was a lie. The governor then showed how they had twisted each fact to make it inflammatory and false. For example, they said the governor had ignored improvements on the school system in favor of building a prison for youth. The truth was that he had increased spending to improve the schools and the prison had been built with federal funds from the Obama administration, taking this long to get the design approved and the prison built. We may “fact check” the president, but who fact checks the fact checkers when this one example shows how little veracity can be found in their “facts.”
They also reported on the show that the recent race riots were really peaceful demonstrations with some ancillary looting, violence, and destruction. Ummm. Does that not prove what you just said was false? All in the same sentence?
But it seems that truth has taken a backseat in everything that we do. Science touts the origins of the universe to be millions of years ago with life formed in a primordial soup, but there is no proof. Proof that it could not have happened that way is available, but no proof that it did can be found. Thus, truth is ignored.
When an historical figure is suggested to be racist, said the wrong thing, or some other unproven, or unprovable, slur, their statues are torn down and in time, their names removed from the history books. Author’s books are burned, and actor’s movies removed from the theaters and television. The concept of not learning from the past dooming us to repeat our mistakes in the future comes to mind, but what the children will be taught is a pack of lies, plenty of sugar coating, but lies nonetheless. Too much sugar in our diets may rot the teeth and make us fat, but too much sugar coating in history, or ignoring the truth, rots our minds.
But when relative truth is the truth that each of us has individually, everyone else’s truth is a lie. It is not our truth, thus false. Or if we learn to accept that another’s truth is not our own, yet we can coexist, then we need to remove a few words from the dictionary, like lie, false, liar, and maybe “the Master of Lies.” After all, is not Satan just loving this? If there is no objective truth, then no one will believe Satan exists, but Satan reigns supreme over the secular world, while Satan tricks each of the pundits of secularism into thinking that they are the ones in control and they really came up with the idea.
But there is objective truth. When you have two apples in one hand and two apples in the other hand, you have four apples in your hands. This is not a racist construct as some have claimed. It is objective truth, and basic math.
And when it comes to the origins of truth, we need to look no further than Jesus. For He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one comes to the Father, except through Him.
And why should we be concerned by the secular world’s lack of truth? The lack of truth in science is that the world denies God, not just as the Creator, but the existence and power of God. The lack of truth in history, especially in the recent protests, denies forgiveness. As Christ said, if we cannot forgive, God will not forgive us. And the denial of objective truth, besides being pure lunacy, denies that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The world may truly be insane, but we can choose not to be. We can cling to truth. We can hold onto Jesus.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.