Before it was town in New Mexico, it was a game show. In fact, the town was named after the game show, but that’s another story for an0ther day.
I’ve thought about truth a lot lately — and what we consider truth. Or maybe the term I’m looking for is expert — no, I think I’ll stick with truth. Makes more sense in the long run.
I love this big ole crazy Internet. I love connecting with people through facebook and twitter. I love having a blog and reading others blogs. I love having hundreds and thousands of pieces of information at my fingertips — but it’s my responsibility to determine what is truth — or pay the consequences. Like the game show.
On this old game show you had to answer a question (and these were hard) or suffer the consequences. Now, these weren’t bad consequences, usually just silly consequences — funny tasks to complete or silly stunt to perform. 1960s & 70s game show gold. If you “suffered” the consequence you might win some snazzy Samsonite luggage or a $50 Spiegel gift certificate. Big stuff in the day.
So how do we determine truth? That’s a question bigger than I can answer.
When I consider what is truth, I make sure it lines up with God’s Word, not man’s ideals.
“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ,” Col 2:8
And then I look to Jesus — the author and finisher of my faith. He, alone, is where I find my truth.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
There is so much incredible information out there — some is truth and some is not. Please don’t confuse the two. Just because someone has a website that is pretty, well visited, and well known doesn’t mean she or he speaks truth. Just because she calls herself a believer doesn’t mean she’s all knowing. What she may think is truth may not be. Take care to know things for yourself. Confirm truth with facts.
So while you’re out there on the world wild Webernet, take it all in and make sure it lines up with God’s word and not man’s philosophy. Look for the TRUE truth — the truth of Christ. And if you end up in the consequences — may they be good ones and may you win some snazzy Samsonite luggage AND the Spiegel gift certificate.