I’ve always had a passion for truth, but I know that sometimes it hurts. Sometimes facing the truth is like getting out of bed on a cold morning. You really don’t want to, but you know you’re not going anywhere until you do.
It bothers me how many people are willing to hide from the truth behind weakly spun webs of emotional reasoning and self-gratifying feelings.
Sometimes the truth tastes bad, but like medicine, it gives strength and healing in the end.
I think that’s one of the reasons I love the Bible. That book can pack a punch. It doesn’t bend to feelings or indulge human egos. It stands before us like a mirror and shows us our reflection: the good, the bad and the ugly. It is the best piece of human anthropology ever written.
So many people reject the Bible because it doesn’t feel good; because it doesn’t ‘sit well’ with their human reasoning. I encourage you to be open to the fact that the truth might hurt, but that its value is beyond measure.
One of my year 12 students asked me if we could talk about something deep. ‘Like “What is the meaning of life?”’ he said.
‘Oh, well that’s an easy one,’ I said (yes slightly, but not entirely facetiously), and then borrowed, as good Christians do, from the Westminster Catechism: ‘The meaning of life is to glorify God, and enjoy Him forever.’ (Or for the John Piper fans out there, to ‘glorify God by enjoying Him forever.’)
‘No! That’s not what I meant!’ responded my student. And of course it’s not what he meant. He meant let’s have a deep and complex academic debate about how life has any meaning apart from God.
It is no longer acceptable to have a simple answer to a question that has been overcomplicated by the desire to remove God.
It reminded me of a quote I found on a scrap of paper in my Bible: ‘Christianity is the easiest Religion because all you have to do is believe. And Christianity is the hardest Religion because all you have to do is believe.’
How easy it is to answer this question with a simple truth, and how difficult it is to live it.