Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Worldly Response to Ponder: How to Respond in Defense Against it


“One cannot defend what he does not believe in, and one cannot come to believe unless he searches for the truth.” —F. Lugo

  • Truth is relative.
  • What is true for you is not necessarily true for me.

Lord, how do I respond in defense against this? (Up to here was originally written and asked on 4/4/14). Four days later and my God answers me. How quick and faithful He is to respond. Praise you Lord God! Today, being June 18, 2014, I pray, that whatever belief system we come from and whatever background, creed and nationality we were born into, we will not settle, and the Lord stir up a spiritual awakening throughout the earth, that we will search out the truth that calls out to us, no matter the cost until we have come to a very personal and intimate outcome. Amen. With that said, I now invite you into my HEART...

There’s a response that will come up and has come up many times concerning many matters but more specifically faith in Jesus Christ as the “Risen” Lord and as the Son of God. This response is:
“What’s true for you is not necessarily true for me.”

I pondered this for some time and I was deeply concerned how I would respond in defense towards this response that falls into the category of faithlessness or even more acutely defined, as Atheism concerning matters of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and God. 

Though I am no scholar, the fact remains, truth is truth. Truth doesn’t have versions to it, otherwise it’s not truth. It doesn’t abide by the rule of opinion, therefore, what is true for me is not true for you cannot stand under the weight of truth. Truth stands alone to be true for all.

Now, if we boil down the response or exclamation, “what is true for you is not necessarily true for me” we end up with a personal choice for every individual and not a forcible demand or command for everyone to abide by. This presents something no longer spoken by skeptics, naysayers, atheist, agnostics, devout Muslims or once Christian but now angry at God for some reason or another. 

This reveals that everyone has the power of choice. Truth is not relative. It’s not interchangeable. Truth places you in the forefront of choice— to either acknowledge truth or reject it. 

The scripture reveals Jesus declaring to God the (Father), “Thy Word is truth.” Now, when Jesus was making this statement He wasn’t referring to a material thing, but a tangible Person to be known— Himself (John 1:1; John 1:14; John 14:6; Philippians 2:5-7; 1 John 5:20)!

The question that Jesus posed to His audience is posed to all people of the Earth: “Do you believe this (John 11:25-26)?” It is up to us however quickly we come to belief in Him as the Son of God who gives all Eternal life, or if we must follow all evidence provided without any preconceived notions to cloud reasoning, to its final conclusion.

Jesus said it best, when he brought this invitation before all the inhabitants of the earth, and I say earth and not merely the Jews who believed in Him, as through them all the earth was blessed (see and click Genesis 12:3; Genesis 18:18; Genesis 22:18; Galatians 3:8). 

So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free. (John 8:31-32 AMP) 

And He said to all, If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself [disown himself, forget, lose sight of himself and his own interests, refuse and give up himself] and take up his cross daily and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also]. (Luke 9:23 AMP)

Beloved, there is a great invitation extended from Jesus to all. For many, bearing their cross daily, will very well be confessing and proclaiming their new found faith in Jesus Christ as Lord to a family who has strong beliefs in another religion. Many have come before you who had to bear the weight of being dismissed, disowned and in some cases their very lives were sought after to be killed by the very parent(s) that were once so very proud of their child and always provided for them (see and click on their names for Nabeel & Mark’s story. Two men who were disowned and one who was almost killed by his very father).

How I pray, we will all come to say such wise words to Jesus as did these two, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” (John 11:27) and again, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16) and again this wise man said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:68-69)

To that, may we all come to know and believe and rejoice to hear such words from Jesus: “Blessed are you, [your name here], for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 16:17). Amen!

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