Truth v. Facts

Angel StatueFacts are based on what has happened or has been experienced and is known, truth is universal law and may be 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 truth and fact the same? Do they often conflict with each other? Do we close our eyes to truth and use selected facts because truth gets in the way of making a decision or doing something we want to do regardless of the truth?

Our decisions should not always be based on facts only. 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 trump the known.

Normally a person born into impoverished conditions and brought up in undesirable circumstances is not likely to achieve greatness. The probability is high they will not escape their conditions. Then there are always the unknowns. If the unknowns were known, some born and brought up in such conditions have the potential and intellect to overcome their environment.  We always have unknown truths that are often contrary to known facts. There are many disadvantaged individuals who achieved greatly, contrary to known facts; some of these even beat the odds to become president of the Untied States: Jackson, Lincoln, Reagan, Clinton and Obama. We often have some facts, but we lack other important information often more important than just the facts.

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

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

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 your 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, it can be said the preponderance of the evidence belongs on the side of the unknown. Much of what is believed to be spiritual truth is not factual in the eyes of the secular world. Spiritual truths cannot be proven in the secular world. It is hard to believe in things you cannot see and touch. Just because we cannot see and touch it, does not mean it is not the absolute truth. There is much truth we cannot not see. God is the source of all truth.

Prayer: Help me to see Truth in my life.

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