Searching for Truth is a major issue these days. But how can we know what is Truth?
How can we know what is error or deception?
How can we discern Truth from lies, what is true from what is fake or false?
And, does Truth change over time? Does Truth change from century to century? Does Truth evolve, like societies, cultures, and customs evolve?
The answer to all these questions is found in the Bible, the written Word of God.
According to the Bible, Truth has its origin in God. Truth is unchanging and absolute. But best of all, Truth is available to us. When we have the Truth, we can avoid deception.
Discerning Truth From Error
This is Part 2 in our series entitled, Lead Me in Your Truth. In this series, we have been looking at the questions, “What is truth? How can we find truth?”
As we saw in Part 1, we are living in a time when there is a great need for discerning truth from error. Very few have the discernment for what is actually Truth, and is a safe-guard against deception and lies!
In Part 1, we saw that deception describes much of what happens today. All around us we can see the ‘fruits’ of deception — turmoil, disorder, and grief.
Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ] warned that deception will be a dominant feature of the End-Time Days: “Beware that no one deceive you! … many shall be deceived!” (Matthew 24:4-5).
In Part 1, we also discussed what is the doorway into deception, and the two steps we can take that are as safeguards against deception.
In order to fully understand what is now presented here in Part 2, it is essential to read Part 1 first, because it covers some required basics.
Here in Part 2 we continue to further explore this prayer to God: “Lead me in Your Truth!” as we seek to find ‘What is Truth’.
Finding God’s Truth ranks far above all other claims on Truth. God’s Truth is authentic and indisputable, because His Truth is the origin of all Truth, and is founded in the nature and character of the Creator of all things.
As we begin Part 2 of this series, let us again be reminded of this one important Truth:
From The Beginning
According to the Bible, Truth is unchanging, absolute, and is available to those who seek for it.
The Bible gives guidelines for finding Truth — Truth that was established centuries ago, from the beginning:
Thus says Yahuwah [the Hebrew name for the LORD]: Stand by the ways, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and you shall find rest for your souls….(Jeremiah 6:16a)
This verse urges us to seek, look, and ask for ‘the Ancient Paths‘, ask where the ‘Good Way’ is, and walk in it!
When we begin to walk in (that is, live according to) the Ancient Paths, which is the Good Way, then we shall find rest for our souls; a peace beyond our understanding that settles us because at last, we have found what we have been looking for — Truth.
We are to look for, ask for, and walk in the Ancient Paths.
But what are the Ancient Paths?
They are the teachings, the statutes, and the judgments [The Torah — God’s written instructions] that God spoke many, many years ago, from the beginning, through His servant, Moses:
Remember the law [the Torah] of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. (Malachi 4:4).
Thus says Yahuwah [the LORD] of hosts, the God of Israel,… This thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people: and walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. (Jeremiah 7:23)
Remember the former things of old: For I am God [Yahuwah – the LORD] — there is no other. I am God, and there is none like Me — declaring the end from the beginning, from ancient time, what is yet to come, saying, “My purpose will stand, and I will accomplish all that I please.” (Isaiah 46:9-10)
Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. (Psalms 119:160)
The Torah of Yahuwah [the LORD] is perfect, converting the soul… (Psalms 19:7a).
The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away. (Luke 21:33)
For I am Yahuwah [the LORD], I change not…. (Malachi 3:6a)
If we will look carefully at these verses, we can see that, from the beginning, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] taught and instructed His ways, His truth, from ancient time!
God’s teachings and commandments are the Ancient Paths that we are to walk in.
In other words, they are what is known as The Torah, and they are the Words that are eternal, and shall not pass away!
The teachings, statutes, and judgments of Moses, known as “The Torah”, are the first five books of the Bible.
Because the Hebrew word ‘Torah’ means God’s set of teachings, instructions, and guidelines, the word ‘Torah’ can also mean ALL of the Scriptures [the Bible]. But the most exact reference for Torah is that it refers to the first five books of the Bible – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. (The Hebrew word ‘Torah’ is often translated as the English word law.)
It is in the Torah where we find Yahuwah’s written TRUTH, which is eternal and unchanging, just as He is eternal and unchanging!
Standard for The Truth
How can we know that these ‘Ancient Paths’ reveal the unchanging and eternal Truth?
The Scriptures tell us in many places that the ‘Ancient Paths’ [the Torah] is where we find Truth:
Yahuwah, Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your law [Torah] is the truth. (Psalms 119:142)
You are near, O Yahuwah [LORD]; and all Your commandments are truth. (Psalms 119:151)
O Yahuwah … Your Word is true from the beginning: and every one of Your righteous judgments endures for ever. (Psalms 119:160)
And Yahuwah [the LORD] passed by before him, and proclaimed, Yahuwah [the LORD], Yahuwah Elohim [The LORD God], merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth. (Exodus 34:6)
He [Yahuwah] is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment [just]: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He. (Deuteronomy 32:4)
All the paths of Yahuwah [the LORD] are mercy and truth unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. (Psalms 25:10)
Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] prayed for His disciples, saying to Yahuwah, His Father,… “Set them apart in Your truth – Your Word is truth.” (John 17:17)
As we look carefully at these Scriptures, we can see that from the beginning, our Creator gave us the Standard for righteousness and for Truth.
Yahuwah, Who is the God of Truth, has declared:
- “The Torah is the truth!“
- “My Commandments are truth!“
Our Creator, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], gave us His commandments and teachings, His Torah, as the Standard for written TRUTH. It is in the Torah where we find the seeds of Truth, the understanding of Truth, and the Truth of the ‘Ancient Paths’.
The Torah is written. . .
- for our instruction,
- for our well-being, and
- for our understanding of what Truth is,
- so that we can walk in it and thus, have peace of mind and soul.
God’s completely Truth-FULL Torah is a written revelation of the heavenly Father’s ‘Good Way’. It is His instructions and guidelines for everyone. People all around the world have found comfort and guidance in it because all people can relate to it. It is simple enough for a child to understand, and yet profound enough for the scholar.
God, Who is unlimited in His abilities, gave us the Standard for Truth, from the beginning!
Disinformation Equals No Effect
Unfortunately, many have been given disinformation about what the Scriptures teach regarding the Torah. Many have received twisted explanations of the Scriptures, making God’s Word of ‘no effect’ in their lives. There are many today who need a ‘renewing of the mind’ regarding the Torah! Many need to read God’s Word for themselves, and reject preconceived, man-made ideas about God’s Word. We must read the Bible without adding words to it or taking words away from it!
God’s Word is true “from the beginning“! Therefore to fully understand God’s Word, we must accept ALL the written Scriptures, from the beginning, as being valid, necessary, and relevant to our lives (Psalms 119:160).
Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] has made it very clear that He and His Word are inseparable and unchanging! God does not change, and neither does His Word. And the teachings of His Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], and the entire New Testament writings, are based on the writings within the Torah.
The Torah is without blemish, undefiled, upright, and truthful; and anyone who will “taste” [that is, DO] God’s Word, will know that the Torah, as all the Scriptures, are for our instruction in righteousness, and are to be embraced and obeyed.
The Torah is the bedrock, the foundation of the Ancient Paths. It is in the Ancient Paths where we find Truth!
But human beings are fickle. We are subject to wandering affections and attachments. We have multiple fluctuations of ideas and emotions and motives. And without a Standard for Truth, without following the Reference Point for Truth, then every one will foolishly and arrogantly do what is right in his own eyes.
The result of such folly is confusion, disorder, and wickedness:
And Yahuwah [GOD] saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5)
But they hearkened not [to Yahuwah’s voice], nor inclined their ear [to walk according to Yahuwah’s instructions], but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward. (Jeremiah 7:24)
This evil people, which refuse to hear My words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing. (Jeremiah 13:10)
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)
These Scriptures teach us that man’s heart is deceitful. We cannot trust our own heart in matters of Truth, because the wickedness of man’s heart is great. We need a Standard outside of ourselves — a Standard outside human counsels and imaginations, a Standard that is unchanging and absolute.
The Standard for Truth is too important an issue to be left up to the whims and fancies of human beings!
Without a Standard for Truth, any so-called ‘progress’ is delusional.
Without a Standard for Truth, people quickly slide into the darkness of Satan’s tricks and deception. Satan is capable of disguising himself, masquerading as an ‘angel of light’, attempting to ‘enlighten’ us or ‘illuminate’ us with his deceptive, destructive, and wicked lies (2Corinthians 11:14; Ephesians 4:14).
Without a Standard for Truth, people depart from the Living God. Then, oppression and falsehood multiplies, justice is turned backward, and curses abound! The prophet Isaiah tells us that when people depart from God’s Standard for Truth, then “truth is fallen in the street!“ (Isaiah 59:12-14).
So what do we DO to know and understand Truth?
How We Come to Know and Understand Truth
To know and understand Truth, we must first recognize and accept the written Scriptures [the Bible] as God’s absolute, unchanging, enduring-forever, Word!
Father God has declared to us “the end from the beginning“. Therefore to truly understand His Word, we must embrace the written Scriptures, including The Torah, from the beginning!
God’s written Word is The Standard for Truth that is outside human reasoning and imagination. When we honestly and objectively examine the Bible, as many have done, there is no question that ALL the Scriptures are given by inspiration of God (2Timothy 3:16).
Over and over, the Bible proves to be a unique and transforming revelation from God! It is a writing like no other! Millions have been changed for the better, simply because they have read and followed the teachings in the Bible.
Yahuwah has declared in many different verses, that He is the God of Truth and His written Word is Truth! When we accept Yahuwah’s written Word as it is — the Truth — then we can be led according to His Truth, and we can walk in the ‘Ancient Paths‘. (1Peter 1:23)
Yes, there are portions of Father’s Word that are hard to understand, but, because we are finally walking with Him, following the Pathway of Truth, then we will have His abundant peace within our soul.
Let us next consider the characteristics that reveal what kind of God Yahuwah claims to be, based on the Scriptures we have presented thus far:
- He wants things to be well with us.
- He wants us to find rest for our souls.
- He is merciful, gracious, and longsuffering.
- He is abundant in goodness and truth.
- He is the God of truth.
- His ways are full of mercy and truth.
- All His ways are just and right.
- He is a God without iniquity [no evil wrongdoing].
- He is the God of love and peace.
We can see that the characteristics of the God of Truth are completely admirable, trustworthy, attractive, and respectable. And Yahuwah Elohim loves us intensely! He wants to support us, and be a Father to each one of us! He wants only the best for us!
Finally, we see that the prophet Daniel reveals a major clue to finding and understanding truth:
As it is written in the law [Torah] of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD our God], that we might turn from our iniquities, and [that we might] understand Your truth. (Daniel 9:13)
Daniel’s clue is something the children of Israel, as a whole, would not do:
. . . they did not pray unto Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD our God];
. . . they did not turn from their iniquities, in order to understand Truth.
Prayer — this is the major clue!
- It is talking to God [the LORD God of the Bible],
- opening up to Him,
- asking Him to show us His Truth,
- and lead us according to His Truth,
- asking Him to help us turn from our iniquities.
- Then, we will begin to understand what Truth is!
God has revealed what is needed for knowing Him and being close to Him — turning to Him, asking Him to help us and show us His Truth.
These are the steps that are essential to beginning to understand and truly know solid, definite Truth:
4) Show me Your ways, O Yahuwah [LORD]; teach me Your paths.
5) Lead me in Your truth, and teach me: for You are the God of my salvation; on You do I wait all the day.
6) Remember, O Yahuwah [LORD], Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
7) Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to Your mercy, remember me for Your goodness’ sake, O Yahuwah [LORD]. (Psalms 25:4-7)
Sincerely talking to God, asking Him, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God of the Bible], for His help, is the vital step to finding and understanding Truth!
Asking Him to “Lead me in Your truth” is fundamental to beginning to know TRUTH.
And, as we shall see in Part 3 of this series, talking to God in the name of His Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] is a vital part in talking to God!
Our Creator, Who is unlimited in His abilities, gave us His commandments [His Torah], as The Standard for TRUTH. Yahuwah did not leave The Standard for Truth to man’s invention or imagination!
God gave the Torah as the solid and permanent Reference Point for Truth!
When we receive Yahuwah’s written Word as it is — The Truth — then we can be led according to His Truth, and thereby avoid deception!
It is in the Torah where we find the seeds of Truth, the understanding of Truth, and the Truth of the ‘Ancient Paths’.
In Part 3 of this series, Lead Me In Your Truth, we examine the question, “Who is Truth?”
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- Holy Spirit Will Guide You Into All Truth
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