If the Truth Were Known
HOW OFTEN IN OUR NORMAL CONVERSATION DO WE use the expression “if the truth were known.” How little we realize the true import of the words that fall so easily from our lips.
If the truth were known, how many of our history books would have to be rewritten?
If the truth were known, how many unholy alliances would be uncovered?
If the truth were known, what would happen to our present sophisticated society, to some of our fine neighborhoods and our best citizens?
If the truth were known, what would our courts be like and what effect would it have on police work?
If the truth were REALLY known, very few of us would want the truth known.
I’m convinced that if everyone now living and recently placed under oath to tell the truth and nothing but the truth (and then told anything but the truth) were to drop dead, we would have to resort to mass burial.
In our present society there is what is commonly called the truth, the honest truth and God’s honest truth. Truth has become a relative thing. Men have been referred to as being “relatively honest.” We’ve become accustomed to stretch it, hide it, evade it and completely ignore it. We’ve rationalized, improvised, compromised and almost altogether eliminated the necessity for being truthful. Convenience has taken the place of conscience. In labor, an honest day’s work is something that some people feel is engaged in only by incompetents, and if a man is happy with his work he is looked upon with suspicion.
Deuteronomy 32:4 says: “He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of TRUTH and without iniquity, just and right is He.”
Further, in the New Testament we read: “For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the TRUTH in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18). “God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ” (Romans 2:16).
One day the scales will be balanced. Justice – real justice will be meted out. There will be no “copping” of the “fifth amendment”, no “deals”, no “compromises”, only swift and accurate judgment by the God of TRUTH.
“What is truth?” was once asked of a deaf and dumb boy. He moved his finger in a straight line. “What is falsehood?” He made a zigzag motion with his finger. Truth is the straight line; falsehood is the crooked way.
In this day of sophistication, changing values and countless philosophies, let me put a question to you that was put to an ancient society standing at the crossroads, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15).
Proverbs 14:12 says: “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” The other way is found in the words of Jesus: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).
If you are confused concerning your relationship to Almighty God, you have my sympathy and understanding. We are living in a strange age. We see a struggle for intellectualism without wisdom, culture without conscience, and liberty and freedom without discipline.
Right now you can have peace with God, clear direction for your life and the inner quiet and rest you need so badly. How? By coming over to God’s side and the REAL truth.
God’s Word promises to those that believe Him: “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). “This is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (I John 5:11,12).
How will you choose?