Truth and Lies

“If I really know the truth, then I have to change something.” This is a quote from a speaker at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s summer Youth Conference in Atlanta which I attended this past weekend. It really struck me. I have always thought that I really know the truth. I’m a Catholic youth minister, so my life is surrounded with the truths of my faith. This statement got me thinking about whether or not I really do know the truth.

So, what is the truth? The truth is that God the Father sent his Son to save and redeem us. He started a new covenant with his people with the blood of His Son–a covenant that we are all a part of through our baptism. It is a covenant that requires a commitment on both parties to give of themselves completely to each other. God gives Himself completely out of love for us. This covenant requires us to give ourselves completely to God. It requires us to change something–to change everything–in our lives. This is the ultimate Truth in life.

So, the question again–Do I know the truth? I can speak the truth, I can write about it, but do I really know it in the depths of my soul? Yes, I have changed some things in my life. Unfortunately I have not changed everything. I have, on some level, bought into the lies of the devil–lies of individualism, hedonism, and minimalism. I often times live for myself, for my own pleasures. I want the maximum return with minimal effort. This is not living the Truth.

I, we all, need to make a commitment to reject the lies of the devil. We need to reject the lies that life is about ourselves. We need to reject the lies that tell us that pleasure is the ultimate goal of life. We need to reject the lies that tell us that we don’t need to exert any energy to achieve salvation. The adventure to salvation is about rejecting self and turning away from the pleasures of this world. It requires a lot of hard work and energy. It is only in living in the Truth that we can obtain the joy, the glory, and the love of God. This is accomplished through prayer–through a relationship with Christ. It is in sharing our struggles and joys with Him that we can obtain the Truth and achieve salvation.

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Published in: on July 20, 2009 at 3:18 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. I was thinking about that this weekend… my repeated sins and why I can't fully embrace the Truth.

    Jesus doesn't call us to be good, he calls us to be holy, which is in direct opposition to the human condition.

    When I am hungry, I eat. If I am holy, I fast.

    When I am angry, I attack. If I am holy, I forgive.

    When I am selfish, I lust. If I am holy, I am selfless and I love.

    God has set the bar very, very high for us. Only his grace can get us through it, because our human nature will not support us in our attempts to be holy.

  2. Tim, you nailed.it as usual….when close to the truth, many of us choose to turn away because of what will be expected of us,

    Dan

  3. Hi, My name is RAnn and I'm the hostess for Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival. We are a group of Catholic bloggers who share our best posts with each other weekly. I'd like to invite you to join us. You can see this week's post and links at http://rannthisthat.blogspot.com/2009/07/sunday-snippets-catholic-carnival_18.html


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