What is truth? or more aptly…where can we find it

“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
Mark Twain


(the 2200 year old mouth of Truth found in the portico of Santa Maria Cosmedin Church
in Rome, Itlay.
Legend has it that if you are a truthful person and place your hand in the mouth,
you will be fine but if you are a liar, the stone will bite off your hand / Julie Cook / 2018)

So yesterday, I wrote a post about the local (as in Atlanta home-based) fast-food chain,
Chick-fil-A.
I had written about the latest news story that the chicken sandwich mega-giant had
cut ties with two of its charitable organizations—
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and The Salvation Army.

It seems that the LGBTQ communities had loudly complained regarding the Christian based
food chain Chick-fil-A and that of its charitable contributions going to LGBTQ unfriendly
organizations and in turn, they wanted Chick-fil-A to stop—as in ASAP.

And so the latest news, both local and national, was that Chick-fil-A had given into
the loud protests and thus decided to distance themselves from these two
Christian based organizations.

I was so upset because I have long supported Chick-fil-A and was so proud of the Biblical
foundations that founder, Truett Cathy, had built this favorite fast food restaurant upon.

I feared that if an institution such as Chick-fil-A would give into the rabid cries
of a liberal left, then who might remain standing for their Christian based
principles and values?

So I sounded the alarm.

Yet the alarm I sounded need not have been sounded.

A dear friend, who’s husband both owns and operates his own Chick-fil-A,
sorted out the falsehoods that had been found in the narrative of the news reporting.

She offered the truth behind what I was posting and I, in turn, offered a new post
with her clarification.

I had read and seen both local and National news reporting on this story—
and these were all sources that I have always believed to be truthful…as far as
news reporters can be or should be truthful.

But sadly it turns out the real truth was buried deep behind the headlines.

Yes Chick-fil-A continues to contribute to their charities and you can read
about it from Lynn’s comment I posted yesterday as an addendum to my original post.

https://cookiecrumbstoliveby.wordpress.com/2019/11/21/an-update-with-clarification-to-the-bending-of-the-cows-knees/

So naturally, I have felt very badly that I got this one wrong…
That I had read and seen what I had taken as truth and in turn, shared that “truth”–
yet the truth I thought, was not exactly the real truth or the full truth now was it?

I strive to be an accurate person, especially when I write a post.
I am passionate about my posts…otherwise, I wouldn’t write.

I also felt bad that I had let Lynn down by not touching base with her first.

I had my wealth of excuses.
Lynn and I have both been so busy that in turn, we’ve not chatted in quite some time.
I had recently been out of town.
I was tired.
I’ve been dealing with my own health issues.
Blah, blah, blah…

And so yesterday when I’d gotten home, I was mad when I’d seen the latest news stories
regarding our hometown based Atlanta business, Chick-fil-A.
A business built upon Christian principles.
Principles that a now-deceased founder had staked his life’s beliefs upon in order to
build a successful corporation, yet I feared I was now seeing a supposed shift in
those initial guiding principles…

Yet despite my best efforts at setting the record straight, I was still distressed
because I adamantly want to be known for talking about and writing about truths.

So I had to stop and ask myself, what IS truth?

Did Pilate not ask the same question as he stood a battered Christ
before a salivating and angry crowd?

So I looked back to the ancient philosophers who first discussed this notion of
truth.
Plato.
Soccrates
Aristotle…

According to Logic museum regarding truth and Metaphysics—they state that
“Possibly Aristotle’s most well-known definition of truth is in the Metaphysics, (1011b25):
“To say of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is, is false,
while to say of what is that it is, and of what is not that it is not, is true”.

Britanica.com tells us that “Truth is the aim of belief; falsity is a fault.
People need the truth about the world in order to thrive.
Truth is important.
Believing what is not true is apt to spoil a person’s plans and may even cost him his life.
Telling what is not true may result in legal and social penalties.
Conversely, a dedicated pursuit of truth characterizes the good scientist,
the good historian, and the good detective.

Yet I realized that I could philosophize, pontificate and ruminate over this
notion till the cows come home.
However, I fear that the real concern here today is not so much what
truth actually is, but rather that our culture no longer cares much about
that particular ideal—that ideal of truth.

We’ve heard more than our fair share regarding fake news…
so much so that we question almost everyone and everything.
And in turn, there is very little trust in our culture.

But here’s the thing.
I still want to believe that deep down, man longs for truth.
He longs for what is versus what is not.

There are small truths or more aptly exacts…truths such as 2+2=4
or ‘for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction’…
mathematical and scientific exacting truths.

But what of the essential deep meaning of truth for man?

I found the following piece of wisdom on the site exploreGod.com

Philosopher Roger Scruton has argued,
“All discourse and dialogue depend upon the concept of truth.
To agree with another is to accept the truth of what he says;
to disagree is to reject it.”
In other words, we can’t even talk to each other without the notion of truth.
To say that I’m lying is to presuppose there is truth to be told.
To say that I’m wrong or even mistaken assumes the existence of a truth from
which my statement departs.

Truth According to the Bible:

So what, then, does the Bible say about truth?
It might surprise you that the question
“What is truth?” is itself found in the pages of Scripture.
When standing trial before the Roman governor Pilate, Jesus said to Pilate,
“For this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.
Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” Pilate responded by asking,
“What is truth?”

If only Pilate had known that the truth was standing before him,
looking him in the eye.

You see, the Bible teaches that truth isn’t just an abstract idea or
philosophical puzzle.
Instead, truth is a person­—the person of Jesus Christ, to be exact.

Jesus said to his disciples, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”
The Apostle John, reflecting on the whole of Jesus’ life, wrote,
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came
from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
In Jesus, the truth took on human nature.

For the full treatise on a Christian take on truth see the link–
https://www.exploregod.com/what-the-bible-says-about-truth-paper

And so yes, the Truth, a real and lasting deep soul sort of truth,
is found in the One who claimed, and continues to proclaim,
to be the living Truth.

Truth can only be found in Christ Jesus and in Him alone.
Not in or from man…only if man proclaims Christ.
All other truths and false truths will leave us empty and still looking,
seeking and searching for more.
An endless and tiring quest.

Yet from all of this talk, I will say that the one take away that I’ve gotten…
other than the fact the our world now plays fast and loose with the truth,
is that the progressive left will not rest until Christianity is silenced.

Because within Christianity is found the Truth.

So, therefore, lies will continue.
Half-truths will dominate.
Accusations will fly.
Questions will continually be leveled.
Protesters will shout with both anger and resentment.
The Christian fold will be pushed to attack from within…
because the enemy knows that there is success to be found in the divide and conquer mentality.

And thus if we are to find satisfaction in life and in our living,
if we desire to have a real sense of peace..it will only come in knowing who is Truth.
You can choose to live the empty quest…such as Pilate…a forlorn yearning.
An empty unsatisfied existence of seeking while dodging the lies.

Or you can follow the one who came into the world to save the sinner by bringing us the Truth.

Jesus answered,
“You say that I am a king.
In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth.
Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

“What is truth?” retorted Pilate.
With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said,
“I find no basis for a charge against him.

John 18:37-38

24 comments on “What is truth? or more aptly…where can we find it

  1. Bruce says:

    Thank you following up on this Julie! Scary times that we live in. Blessings!

  2. lynnabbott says:

    Oh, Julie… please don’t feel bad… all the sources are saying it… even conservative ones. It’s not your fault or anyone else in the general public. I haven’t seen it yet, but apparently CFA has released a statement saying that they are still supporting the two charities and thus indicating that the reports otherwise are false. However, the news agencies have been so busy shouting that no one has heard CFA (or so reports my son… 🤨) And because whoever broke the “news” previously didn’t look past the one CFA foundation, the wrong conclusion was drawn… and it appears that all the agencies—mainstream and otherwise—didn’t dig through CFA’s other foundations to find out if the support was being given through another channel. Thus, what is simply an administrative shuffle was ignorantly interpreted by the media as a scandalous kerfuffle. 😳 Sigh… so, please, do not blame yourself for any of this. If even Christian news outlets did not investigate the reports, then, how should Christian laypeople know? I’m simply fortunate to have the inside “scoop,” and so, the whole false report has frustrated me. But how can small voices be heard above the news agency noise? All someone like myself can do is talk to friends… tell those I know and pray that truth goes viral. I love you, Julie. And I did not mean for you to feel bad… And I was not ipset that you wrote the post because I know your heart and I knew that the truth had not been reported. So how would you know? And about talking to me? That wasn’t necessary about the post. If all the news agencies were reporting the misinfo, what cause for doubt would you have that would have encouraged you to check? So no worries. I only hoped that you would talk to me before you considered foregoing the pleasure of the delicious original chicken sandwich… After all you sounded so sad (in words in your comments section) about that, and so, I wished you to know that I could encourage you. 🙂 Anyway, normally, I would write this all in personal message, but I hate that you are “beating yourself up” publicly. So, I am writing this as a comment so whoever reads this knows that you should not blame yourself for writing a response to what everyone believed to be true. Huge hugs and much love! ❤️

    • Thanks Lynn— I think that it’s more than me feeling I may have let a friend down as the teacher in me who still teaches felt that I had taught a lesson that was somewhat incorrect — a teacher is expected to teach what is true— yet sadly we’re seeing across college campuses that teachers don’t care so much for truth as the care about quieting a portion of the population as they push an agenda that has nothing to do with truth—an unsettling phenomenon in our educational system as truth is a collateral casualty — we recently watched the movie with Michael Keaton about ray Kroc—- the “founder” of McDonald’s— ray Kroc and Truett Cathy couldn’t be further apart in their ideals and business practices but yet both built food empires. Ray Kroc blatantly stole and double crossed the McDonald brothers— he was selfish and ruthless— making me now question ever stopping at a McDonald’s for anything— for I had not heard of the McDonald brothers or the back story of ray Kroc. Thinking that Chick-fil-A, a business I respected and stop at constantly would simply be going the way of many big businesses- those that simply followed the dollar and not the consumer was disheartening— I like to think that there are places and business they still have integrity and who care about both product and consumer— of which goes back to management and leadership— and so in this day and age of division and agendas, of living in a country that is so angry and distrusting— at least we can continue to find some semblance of decency and doing the right thing for that very sake— it’s the right thing!!!
      The friend and teacher in me doesn’t like to become a part of the madness but rather an opposition to such — as in the one in the watch tower who sounds the battle cry when it is needed!!!
      Setting the Truth out there before all the glaring lies vying for the spotlight in

    • Tricia says:

      Lynn that’s very true about conservative outlets not reporting accurately on this so Julie you really shouldn’t feel and about the error. Just today National Review had a post about CFA’s supposed caving to the LGBT agenda. CFA needs to be aggressive about getting their statement on this out because apparently no one has picked it up.

      • I agree Tricia because if we don’t speak loudly about our own truth we obviously are seeing that no one else will do so in like turn— I hate Trump’s tweeting but I get where he’s coming from as if it doesn’t come from the horse’s mouth, no other mouth seems to care to get it right!

      • Tricia— scroll down to the link to a new post I cut and pasted into a comment to Jim— it’s from today’s post by David Robertson

      • Yes well perhaps I may be premature in my reporting…or not— since I am not privy but to various news stories and not behind the scene, my take may or may not be the full and or whole story— And so maybe that’s much of our troubles these days
        with most of the news we receive —they don’t offer us full stories but rather bits, pieces and select sound bites — so the jury will be out on this I suppose until we hear and or see more from CFA’s doings …

      • Yes we’ll perhaps I may be premature in my reporting…or not— since I am not privy but to various news stories, my take may or may not be the full and or whole story— and maybe that’s much of our troubles these days

  3. atimetoshare.me says:

    It takes a very wise person to set the record straight and ask for forgiveness for not getting the whole truth. The fact that words truly influence others and their way of thinking is all around us. It takes more than a King Solomon to sort through it all and have the wisdom to defend the truth. We’ve grown quick to judge because truth has been disguised so much we dot know what to believe any more. Thanks for setting the record straight

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  5. SLIMJIM says:

    To be honest with you I’m going slow with this one…I think there’s good chain owners who are Christians but I’m concern still and I’m saying this as someone who supports CFA

  6. Dawn Marie says:

    THANK you for this clarifying article on the recent news regarding CFA. Admittedly, I have only visited a CFA once; however, I have always admired their business ethics. Your clarification was indeed encouraging to this point. But more IMPORTANTLY I highly appreciated the light you shone on the value of TRUTH. My biggest button-pusher is a lie – no matter the degree, half or full, white or yellow – it matters not as my button is already pushed! Your clarification (of this) is even MORE valuable than where the coins are going in the coffers. Hugs to you for weaving the two together splendidly!!

  7. ColorStorm says:

    Well, look at it this way jewels-

    It took a bit of uncovering back and forth to get to the root. After all, was not the Baptist interested in the same Root? Oh yeah, and the truth of his being cost him his head- such repercussions we have not seen in our easy chairs.

    There is an assault on ALL things truthful, but you and I can we wrong about things, yet STILL have an affection for the Truth; things which you have expressed.

    Being truthful is seen in how we handle things in which we may have been wrong. Takes a good heart and a sober mind. 😉

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