“Veritaphilia”


In my previous post I said that truth and reality relate to what actually IS.

While thinking about that I recall God’s revelation of Himself to Moses, where God identified Himself as “I Am That I Am“.

A  name reflecting the present tense of the verb “to be”.
A name proclaiming existence, actuality, the truth, what IS.

I coined the term “veritaphobia” -and defined it as “the fear and rejection of truth”.
In this post I refer to “veritaphilia” and define it as loving the truth.  Paul made it clear that a love of truth is a vital requirement of knowing God.

In his second letter to the Thessalonian church he writes of the importance of truth, and in particular our attitude to it. He told them that people will perish if they refuse to love the truth, disqualifying themselves from salvation.

Why is love of truth so important?

Jesus identified Himself with the Truth, saying:

 ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Jesus the Truth, is the only way to gain access God, His Father, the Father of truth.

Rejection of truth is a rejection of God, denying ourselves any chance of knowing Him, ensuring we “will believe the lie“.

Those who reject the Truth, are described in this statement from Jesus:

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

The only truth is God’s Truth.

We can not create our own – our attempts to do so will inevitably follow the pattern established by the father of lies, the original rebel against God, and those taking that path are destined to share his fate.

Know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

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