Naked Truth

Angel StatueTrue reality; things as they really are, not influenced by prejudice or opinion; no exaggeration or embellishments

Truth is not determined by majority vote.   Doug Gwyn

Learn to see things as they really are, not as we imagine they are. Vernon Howard  

Life’s experiences are intended to make you eventually face yourself. Face reality. Harold Sherman

   If the truth were really known, most of us would have a hard time believing it! As bad as this may sound, this is true. We have a need, to not want to hear, believe or accept anything that is incompatible or consistent with our understanding of the universe as we already know it. If something is far different than our sense of reality, even if it is absolutely the truth, chances are we will discount and discard it. We have difficulty handling it.

   In the movie, A Few Good Men, Jack Nicholson speaks the line, “You can’t handle the truth”. The meaning behind his statement had to do with things that go behind the scenes, as a matter of national security; that the public would not be able to handle. It would upset the applecart. This line is profound. If it is true that we cannot handle the truth, what degree of truth can we handle?

    When discussing the essence of truth it is easy to get caught in endless loops leading nowhere except to increased mind pain. Most of us are only willing, most of the time, to only accept something as truth, if it is compatible with a version of truth we have already accepted. If it is vastly different than our sense of reality, we will not believe it. Changing our opinion of something that is totally foreign to us is very difficult. It will take repetition, persistence, and continued exposure to various forms of evidence, before we are likely to even begin to accept the possibility that reality may be different from what we thought it to be.

    Some people really do not want to know the truth. It may be too painful. They would rather look the other way; cover their eyes and ears, or bury their heads in the sand. They will go to great lengths to not be exposed to anything that is likely to upset their comfort zone or cause them mental pain and heartache.

    The truth can be a heavy burden to bear. The question always is “do we really want to know the truth?” Does knowledge of the truth set us free or does it require us to have to live in a different world?  The important thing to remember and accept; is that real truth may be something greatly different from what we imagined it to be.  

Challenge: Do not be so naïve that you cannot be open-minded and capable of seeing the truth when it comes knocking on your door. It is good to be properly skeptical and careful but not closed minded to the possibility of a different truth. A part of growing and maturing into your potential is to be capable of understanding and knowing truth when it presents itself. It sometimes becomes the difference between make believe and reality.

Wisdom: Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding ,disbelief or ignorance. W. Clement Stone  

Spiritual: (NIV)

…whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Ephesians 5:9

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

God is the source of all truth. The absence of God creates the opportunity for all that is foreign to the truth. We live in a world that does not want to know real truth. The truth is we are incapable of handling the “real truth” without God enabling us to do so. We close our hearts and minds to things that make us feel uncomfortable, weak, and helpless. If we really want to know truth, God will reveal it to us and help us to properly deal with it.

Prayer: Help me to grow and mature on a daily basis and to increasingly know truth. 

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