Eternal truths in a post-modern world
Have you ever wondered if there is an answer to life? Have you ever pondered where that key to making life 'work' could be found? What makes a life a success or failure? Is success a formula made of bank account numbers? Is it just surviving any given day? Is life 'working' when you experience happiness and acceptance from other people? Or finally perfect a talent or ability? Are the goals for life just to make it to retirement, and then take it easy?
You can see a lot of people who are trying to make life work without the right key, and much of the time their efforts end in frustration and disappointment, because they've discounted any instruction from God. God has given us a construct of truth that is waiting to be applied to every human life, and this construct that makes life work according to our design. It begins with building a relationship with God through the forgiveness offered through Jesus' death on the cross and resurrection from the dead, but this is just the initiating step. God's Word is full of truth he wants us to grasp.
Truth is a big deal in the Bible - it's a foundational component, because truth is defined as 'that which corresponds to reality.' And that is what the Bible is about - God revealing the universal realities to us, not from our limited viewpoint, but from an all-encompassing, comprehensive perspective. Jesus revealed this as a major function of his arrival in our world: "For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice." (John 18:37)
God's truths aren't just religious anecdotes and moral platitudes; these truths don't just sit on the seminary shelf, but wake up with you in the morning and help prepare you for each day. God reveals the realities of comprehensive truths about marriage and parenting, life direction and certainty, addictions and purpose of life. His truth enters into the emotional realm to deal with anger, depression, happiness, anxiety, hate, guilt, shame, fear, love, hope and lust. When God speaks truth on these issues, his word is sufficient and all-inclusive, and he has a lot to say; but he reminds us that 'winning' in life isn't attached to a formula of karma or morality or religious discipline; successful living is attached to the person of Jesus Christ. "Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.... Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." (John 8:31)
Christianity isn't primarily about simply changing our behavior into something more moral; it is setting the truths of God at the core of our worldview and allowing his son to set our direction in each area every day.