Truth vs. Fact

Garden Urn and Gazebo with BloomsFacts are based on what has happened or has been experienced and is known, truth is universal law and may be either known or unknown

We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are. Harry S Truman

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. Martin Fisher

The truth is more important than the facts. Frank Lloyd Wright

   Do we ever choose to ignore the truth? Are truths and facts the same? They often do conflict with each other. Do we close our eyes to truth and use selected facts because the truth gets in the way of making a decision or doing something we want to do regardless of truth?

   Our decisions should not be based on pure facts. Sometimes we must ignore facts and do things for other reasons than purely factual ones. They may be emotional, illogical or even impractical. We do so because it needs to be done. Facts and truth often conflict. The more they conflict, the more difficult decision making becomes. Sometimes we have certain facts, but we have unknowns that may will trump the known.

    Normally a person born into impoverished conditions and brought up in undesirable circumstances is not likely to achieve success. There is high probability they will not escape their conditions, but there are always many unknowns. If these unknowns were known, some born and brought up in such conditions have potentials and intellect that can overcome environment.  We always have unknown truths that are often contrary to known facts. There are thousands of disadvantaged individuals who achieved greatly, contrary to known facts. Some of these have beaten the odds to become president of the USA: Jackson, Lincoln, Reagan, Clinton and Obama. We often have some facts, but we often lack other vital information that is often more important than the mere facts.  

   Known facts are only pieces of the truth. Facts can be partial truths, tend to be black and white, lack the power of human emotion and are limited in knowledge and information. There is always unknown information that adds to the truth. We should use known facts to our advantage but should always seek the unknown parts of truth to make our best decisions and judgments.  

    Facts are things we know, but we do not always know the whole truth. Facts are known through experience but may be a small piece of the puzzle. There is always the probability of unknown truths. Facts are created through actual experience. Truth is truth whether it is known, unknown, validated or yet to be validated. We are wise to be able to discern between facts that exists, truths that are known to apply, and open to the possibility that unknown truths may have yet to apply.

Challenge: An old saying promises the truth will set you free. This is of little value unless you seek to be free. Some prefer hiding in the darkness. Armed with truth, and seeking to live a life of truth, puts you on the path to develop your true potential. The truth is you have within talents and abilities meant to be developed. It may be factual that there are obstacles and difficulties, but the truth of your potential is bigger than the difficulties.

Wisdom: …. because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know. Donald Rumsfeld

Spiritual: (NIV)

We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death. John 8:51

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

Spiritually, the preponderance of the evidence belongs on the side of the unknown. Much of what is believed spiritual truth is not factual in the eyes of the unbelieving. Spiritual truths cannot be proven by the secular world. Many do not believe in things they cannot see and touch. Just because we cannot see and touch it, does not mean it is not truth. There is much truth we cannot not see. God is the source of all truth, known and unknown.

Prayer: Help me to see Truth in my life.


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