(Prompted, in part, by T.MIL’s comments to So Many Truths, So Little Mind.)
My main thought was we don’t always discern the facts correctly and that we often will believe conflicting ‘truths’, being unaware, or worse, purposely ignore them.
Now back to looking for a line, a line…
Boy I hope I can answer this coherently, first I will grab my dictionary and Bible. (I need to fix that order)Fact
- Something known with certainty, asserted to be certain, something that has been objectively verified, something having real demonstrable existence.Truth
- (occurs 220 times in the Bible)
Conformity to knowledge, fact, actuality, or logic. Reality; actuality.Truthful
- Corresponding to reality; true.
To me that is a mighty fine line!
The word translated ‘truth’ in the the following verses is the Greek aletheia
- what is true in any matter under consideration
Well let’s see…
John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth
: thy word is truth
So ‘thou shall not kill’, being God’s word, is definitely truth.
‘War is hell’ (a metaphor) is not true universally, but only to those subjected to it.
Many common ideas we get from our culture are false, not based on fact, but on how we feel, because of a lack of process time.Margin
– an amount allowed beyond what is needed, a surplus measure or amount.
Adding margin to our lives can help (as if I have room for one more thing!), margin allows time for sorting ideas and feelings, like spring-cleaning, but busyness or ignoring an idea without considering the facts allows for perpetual ignorance.
2Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth
2Timothy 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth
, and shall be turned unto fables.
We cannot make good decisions from a bad paradigm.
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth
, and the truth
shall make you free.Truth is the freedom from deception.
1Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth
. (speaking of God our Saviour)