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Chapter 10 - The Cold Light of Truth

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. - John 3:19

Selfishness seldom welcomes truth. It might tolerate truth regarding the failings of others, but draws the line regarding self. How we react to truth tells us a lot about what is in our heart. The flesh is driven by feelings. Truth exposes our failings and often results in bad feelings.

The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable. - James A. Garfield

The movie The Matrix centered around a character who awakens to discover that what he thought was his 'real" life was an artificial one and that he was actually just a slumbering component in a large organic network. In a way this can be seen as descriptive of the comfortable image of our life our flesh gives us to keep us from facing the discomfort of truth.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. - 1 John 1:8

The Christian should understand how intensely our flesh fights against truth. What is called 'back-sliding' is simply the strength of our old nature wanting to make us feel good.

But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. - 2 Peter 1:9

Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: - Revelation 3:17

For many the first steps towards truth is to begin to see who God is and how great he is.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. - Proverbs 9:10

Often the next thing to be illuminated by truth is our own wretchedness.

I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. - Job 42:5-6

Our souls are purified by using our will to choose truth. This usually comes about as we change that which we value. As comfort, prestige, riches, and ease become less valuable to us than wisdom, truth, and nearness to the Lord, we find that the problems incumbent with a life lived for self begin to diminish.

Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. - Proverbs 23:23


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