What is Truth? Does Truth exist? Does it matter?

‘I was born for this, I came into the world for this, to bear witness to the Truth.’ What is Truth? Does truth exist? If it does, does it matter? Perhaps an easy definition of truth is reality. And if we’re talking about reality, there’s only one reality, God is, God exists. And everything that God speaks exists. ‘Let there be light’ and there was light. ‘Let the waters separate into those above and those below’, and it happened. ‘Let the earth come forth’, ‘let trees and the seeds in them spring out of the earth’ and so it was. This is reality. ‘Let the waters bring forth living creatures and the air bring forth the birds’, and these things happened. These are the realities.

‘Let the ground be filled with creeping creatures of all kinds’ and the animals came forth. And then God said, ‘let us make man in our own image and likeness. And he fashioned man out of the soil of the earth and breathed into his nostrils and man became a living being’, another reality, perhaps the greatest reality – because man, male and female are made in the image and likeness of God who alone is reality. The Lord God put the man in the garden with all things subject to him, with one commandment - ‘The tree that stands in the middle of the garden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat it, do not touch it, on the day you eat of it, you will surely die the death’. That also was real. But then the serpent came and asked the question. ‘Did God really say really say you could not eat of any of the trees?’ and this terrible dialogue began between the serpent and the woman, which lead to the woman believing the serpent, believing a fantasy, believing a lie, unreality is what she embraced…

By Fr Linus Clovis

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