[Thoughts about truth]:
1. Thinking you know the truth isn’t arrogant or intolerant; arrogance comes from having the wrong convictions about how to treat people who don’t share it with you.
2. The whole point of searching for truth is to find it; saying that the important thing in life isn’t having truth but searching for it is like saying that the important thing in sickness isn’t getting well but seeing doctors.
3. Reasoning depends on faith; falsely placed faith will keep you from the truth, but rightly placed faith will help you find it.
4. It doesn’t make sense that there is no truth because then it wouldn’t even be true that there isn’t.
5. It doesn’t make sense to claim truth can’t be found because to claim anything at all is to imply that the claim is true.
6. The biggest and most important truths aren’t harder to find than the little ones; in fact they’re easier because God has provided help.
7. Truth isn’t whatever you sincerely believe; only a mighty magician could make something true just by thinking it.
8. Popular agreement doesn’t make a statement true; people have been swallowing nonsense since the world began.
9. The slogan that truth is whatever works isn’t a pathway to the truth; it’s a wall to keep it out.
Copied from How to Stay Christian in College by J. Budziszewski copyright 2004, p.94-95. Used by permission of NavPress (Think Books) – www.navpress.com. All rights reserved. Get this book!
A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.
The greatest friend of truth is time. Error is always in a hurry, but God’s man can afford to await the vindication of time. And if he is not vindicated in his own lifetime, eternity will settle the score.
It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it.
It is the truth which is assailed in any age which tests our fidelity. It is to confess we are called, not merely to profess. If I profess, with the loudest voice and the clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christianity. Where the battle rages the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battle-field besides is mere flight and disgrace to him if he flinches at that one point (Fritz – German Monk and contemporary with Martin Luther).
To maintain pure truth in the church, we should be ready to make any sacrifice, to hazard peace, to risk dissention and run the chance of division.
Truth always carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation; loving confrontation nevertheless. If our reflex action is always accommodation regardless of the centrality of the truth involved, there is something wrong.
Here is the great evangelical disaster – the failure of the evangelical world to stand for truth as truth. There is only one word for this – accommodation: the evangelical church has accommodated to the world spirit of the age… Truth carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation: loving confrontation, but confrontation nevertheless. If our reflex action is always accommodation regardless of the centrality of the truth involved, there is something wrong.