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Relative Truth

The Bible is full of if-then’s. Take a for-instance: John 18 verse 38. But don’t disgard John 8 verses 31 and 32.  And John 17 verse 17. More on that in a minute.

If you’ve been on the planet any length of time you’ve probably heard the, “What’s true for you isnt necessarily true for me,” arguement.  That logic has so many holes in its not funny, yet folks still believe it. Which is of course their right. I myself have never been a leming. I may follow some, but not blindly.

I have contact with God’s Word pretty much daily, whether it be through tv sermons, auto university (MP3s), or plain old-fashioned sitting on the ncouch reading my Bible, coffee in hand. I can be a stubborn cuss at times, I admit, and many times  don’t realize what I’ve got until it’s gone. Either as a result of my own choices or by those imposed upon me. Such is the case in Frank Perretti‘s book, Nightmare Academy.

It might be simply because I’m a writer at heart but I seem to learn deep profound spiritual truths from fiction. The foolishness of stories has solidified my core beliefs and forged my Christian walk in the ways even I can’t begin to verbalize. I long to do the same for others. Perhaps that’s why this one resonated with me. Only Frank can take at crazy tale about two high school kids and weave it into a social commentary. So worth the read.

We live in a world where the loudest voices proclaim that there IS no absolute truth. I respectively disagree. Pilot apparently lived in the same world, so much so that out of confusion and desperation he finally asked, “what IS truth?” Unlike our current culture,  I have an answer. To know real Truth you have to go back a bit, to John 8 verses 31 and 32, the if-then. Jesus said IF we abide, live, remain in Him, ie. His Word – now comes the promise – THEN we’ll be His bff’s and we’k know the Truth, which is the only thing in existence that truly makes men free.

John 17 verse 17 says God’s Word is Truth. Whether you agree with it or not, He claims it. Free people know how to live a morally right life guided by right thinking. But if Truth is removed, right and wrong soon follow. In his book, Frank sums it up like this:

“The Knight-Moore project was an experiment to discover what happens to people when there is no truth, to observe and record what people can do when pushed to the extreme with no ultimate moral foundation.” The ‘people’ in question here are unwanted, runaways, teens hungry for love and acceptance. The story centers around an attempt by power-hungry ruthless faceless folk who thought it acceptable to rob others, of their freedom. I agree with his conclusion;

“Take away Truth and a tyrant will rule.” How true. The Lord of the Flies bears out the fact that once you throw human compassion, Love (God, Truth) out the window all you’re left with is a savage society. Is that really what we want?

Just a thought.

Kari, the absolute-Truth-beliver

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Ding Dang Dong Dawg!

That’s all I have to say today but it doesn’t really do justice to the way I’m feeling right now. This weekend was eagerly anticipated and was by no means a disappointment. I’m still super stoked. In fact I invited quite a few folks I know (who claim to be ‘writers’) to the once-a-year Writers Workshop, an event at the local library; unlike the other ‘busy’ friends, there was so much learning going on in my brain I’m sure smoke was coming out of my ears!

There’s something about being around a group of eclectic energetic out-of-the-box creative types that seems to light my writing fire like nothing else I’ve found. My poor husband demanded to know how much coffee I’d had when I got home… because I was almost bouncing off the walls… which seems to happen every time I get in my element. He gets a tad manic when fixing cars, btw, so he really shouldn’t point fingers. Just sayin’.

Hosea 4 verse 6 says that God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. And I was. For many years. But more on that in a little bit.

This week I also discovered a new hero. Dan Hall. If you have time, the interview below is  definitely worth listening to. A paraplegic who can find the funny in life? Yeah, that gets major koodles from this random redhead. There aren’t a whole lot of people I’d like to meet but he’s definitely one of them. Along with John Maxwell. And Nick Vujicic. Another guy you just have to love.  Tetra-amelia means nothing to him, he’s irrepressible. When I have the inevitable hedgehog-day we all get sooner or later all I have to do is think of Nick and I realize I have no problems.

I hope you’ve found your calling and that you’re walking in it today. If not, you might want to think about it. There’s nothing worse than living your whole life and never discovering your destiny. Unfulfilled purpose takes a toll on the soul. It took me 42 years but I finally find mine. It totally revolutionized everything. I hope you have too.

Kari happy writer and sharing it

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