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WHAT IS TRUTH?

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"Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?" (John 18:37-38)

When Pilate asked this question, he most likely expressed the sentiments of untold millions - "What is truth?" Even though you and I know and believe that the Word of God is truth, we also understand that there are many versions of that truth, depending on what preacher you listen to or what religion or denomination you might agree with. Perhaps, like me, many of you have uttered things like, "Who is telling the truth and who is lying? What is the right thing to do? Whose version of the truth is correct? God please help me to understand!"

When I was a child there were not so many who questioned what truth was or which Bible is truth because most all used the KJV version of the English Bible and all accepted it as truth and as The Word of God in English. Then came along the Ecumenicist and the Catholics in their effort to unseat the KJV and the result is many translations that are not in agreement and now many in churches who claim to be "Christian" say that there is no absolute truth and the Bible is NOT the Word of God but contains the Word of God and who can be sure of which is correct because there are so many opinions. That was the purpose of new translations, not to give us a better, more accurate, updated English translation but to undermine the Bible as the final Word and standard by which we belive and live and will be judged. In Matthew 7:20-21 Jesus said, "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Doctrine can be know by the fruit it produces in the life of the believer. Men can be know by the fruit they produce in the life they live and Bibles can be known by the fruit they produce. The fruit of the new translations has been confusion and doubt and unbelief in things central to the gospel and that the Bible is the infallable Word of God. NO, I am NOT saying that the KJV is perfect, only the original Greek and Hebrew scriptures are absolutely perfect and there is always some loss in translation, but there is enough scripture that when you follow the Word and interpret scripture, line upon line and precept upon precept, then we will always come up with truth when you make no doctrine with a single verse out of context and all cardinal truth and doctrine is correct.

In order to put everything into perspective, I believe it must be established that creating this type of confusion has been the Adversary's agenda from the very beginning and it will continue until the very end. In fact, Daniel says of the coming Anti-Messiah that, "and he cast down the truth to the ground; and he practiced (did all this), and prospered." (Daniel 8:12). In other words, he will successfully suppress the truth and offer in its stead, a lie. Therefore we have been given corrupted Hebrew and Greek texts by false believers which have resulted in false English translations.

Taking the truth and twisting it for his benefit has forever been something that Satan has excelled at. Remember, he is the father of lies (John 8:44) "... there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." It began in the Garden when he told Eve, "Yeah, hath God said?" to create doubt in Eve's mind. And though Satan is incapable of creating something from nothing,like our Heavenly Father, still his most elaborate "creation" has been that which comes as a result of taking a small measure of truth and mingling it with falsehood. A mixture which creates a lie.

There are far too many of these "creations" to enumerate or to elaborate on. It could be likened to countless tentacles extending out far and wide from a large octopus or the tenacles of a jellyfish. As believers, it would be easy for us to single out the false religions of the world and recite why and how they are the offspring of deceit and therefore false religion and false truth. However, I am convinced that everything has been affected by this mingling including those things that we perceive to be sacred. What I mean by that is, Christianity at large has allowed a fair degree of falsehood to come into the faith and has consequently proliferated throughout the Body many things that simply are not biblical. This is one of those tentacles I was referring to.

Of course this mingling of truth and falsehood did not begin with the advent of Christianity but long before. In fact, I believe that in key parables, the Messiah teaches us that this mingling began at the very beginning of the world. If we understand that the Word of God is the Good Seed being sown in the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-23), then we understand that there is only one Good Seed simply because there is only one Word of God. Furthermore, we understand that the Good Seed was sown in the beginning (Genesis 1:12). "And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. "

Remember, it is first the natural and then the spiritual and everyting in the spiritual real has a corresponding part in the natural realm. 1 Corinthians 15:46 "Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual." The natural things and realm are a picture of something spiritual.

In the the Parable of the Wheat and Tares we learn that there is one other seed and that distinct seed - the tare - produces a different fruit because it is a different seed. We also understand that the tare was sown sometime in the beginning. How do we know this? Because the tares are growing up among the wheat - the Word - when both are young and tender, or else one could have been uprooted without disturbing the other (Matthew 13:26-29). "But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them."

Seeing that God's Word is the Good Seed - the wheat - it seems logical to conclude that this parable also infers that the seed which produced the tare personifies Satan's word. ccording to John 12:24, Jesus, the Word, was the corn of wheat that fell into the ground and died, to bring forth spiritual children unto the Father. The Seed of the Word is planted into the hearts of men to bring forth spiritual life. 1 Peter 1:23 said we are "born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." Natural seed bring natural life and spiritual seed brings forth spiritual life for the life is in the seed, each according to its own kind as we saw in Genesis 1:12.

Thus we understand that his Word of God - truth, mingled with a lie - was another seed also sown in the very beginning. Is there anything in the beginning to substantiate this conclusion? In other words, does the Creation account hint that Satan planted this other seed and that it grew and produced its distinct fruit? I believe the answer to be, "Yes!"

"And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil." - Genesis 2:9

This text makes it very clear that the LORD was responsible for every tree that was "pleasant to the sight and good for food!" It also acknowledged that the LORD was the source of the Tree of Life. In fact, the Hebrew phrase etz chayim "tree of life" is understood to be synonymous with God's Word. This tree produced a fruit that the man and the woman were permitted to eat. To eat of it enabled them to live forever (Genesis 3:22), inferring that the fruit was good for food and for life. "And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:" Also inferred is the fact that the seed which produced the tree and its fruit - the same seed that was contained within the fruit - was Good Seed. In other words, when Adam ate of this tree he was figuratively, if not literally, ingesting the Word of God, the Good Seed. Eating the fruit of the Tree of Life would enable Adam to live eternally and not physically die. In John 6:53, 55-57 Jesus spoke the hardest words to be understood of His entire ministry. "Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you... For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me."

Of course, there was another tree growing in the midst of the garden, presumably in close proximity to the Tree of Life. This tree produced a totally different fruit and to eat it meant spiritual and then untimately physical death. God told the man that, "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil thou shall not eat, for in the day that you eatest thereof you shall surely die" (Genesis 2:16-17). In other words, from God's perspective, this tree was not good for food! Do not overlook the fact that since this tree produced a different fruit from that of the Tree of Life, by law (Matthew 7:20) it had to originate from a different seed. Do not ignore that it was growing very close to the Tree of Life and do not forget that the Messiah taught that the Adversary scattered his wicked, deadly seed - the tare - among the wheat and that all that the Lord God had made and put in the Garden for man on the third day of creation was good to eat and of all that God created, He said it was good, good to look at and good to eat. But this tree and the fruit thereof was not good, either to look at or to eat.

Taking all of this into consideration, is it possible that God is not the one responsible for the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? Could it be that this tree came about because the Adversary came into God's field, the world (Matthew 13:38), and sowed a different seed - his word? That Satan corrupted God's Seed. What is Satan's word? From the beginning it has always been a measure of truth mingled with a lie meant to deceive.

In the teaching on the Mystery of the Wheat and the Tares, we discussed a particular statute in the Torah known as kil'ayim - forbidden mixtures - and the corruption that comes as a result of these mixtures. At the heart of this concept is the taboo against using two different kinds of seed when sowing a field (Leveticus 19:19) or a vineyard (Deuteronomy 22:9). In fact, the passage in Deuteronomy teaches that to use two different kinds of seed results in the defilement of both crop and field. "Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled."

Consider then that when the man, who had been eating of the Tree of Life and partaking of the Good Seed, ate of the other (bad or corrupt) fruit he ingested the other (bad - corrupt) seed. In short, he mingled the two different seeds and according to the Torah, corruption was the result. Now, the ground of his heart, has also become corrupted as well as the fruit of his life. Thus the man who had been made in the likeness of God (he is called the son of God in Luke 3:38) brought sin and corruption into the world and was consequently expelled from God's presence and the Garden.

After his expulsion, Adam's son Seth was born and the Bible clearly says Adam "begat a son in his own likeness, after his image;" (Genesis 5:3). In other words, after Adam mingled the seeds and corrupted himself, mankind was no longer made (born) in the likeness and image of God but in the likeness and image of the fallen Adam - sinful, mingled and unable to distinguish truth from lies. A corrupt seed produces corrupt fruit. Spiritually dead man can only produce spiritually dead offspring. That is why we must be born again to enter into the kingdom of God.

Understanding this, perhaps we can better understand why man is so susceptible to Satan's twisting of the truth and, more importantly, why the Messiah came to set us free - He said, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:32). You see, we are all born sons of Adam, living in a body full of corruption. Our father Adam had been created in the likeness of God but defiled himself when he mingled the seeds and so we are born corrupt and defiled.

The Messiah, the second Adam and Son of God, came sowing Himself (He is the Word), desiring to fall upon those with a heart called "good ground." Of these the Scripture promises that, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power (right) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" (John 1:12). In other words, the sons of Adam who receive the Good Seed are now empowered to become the sons of God. We who have believed are now being conformed to the image, not of Adam, but of the Son of God (Romans 8:29; see also 1 Corinthians 15:49, 53; 1 John 3:2).

In short, the true sons of God are beginning to see through the confusion, discerning truth from falsehood. We can answer Pilate's question, "What is Truth" in one word - "Y'shua!, Jesus"

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