October 26, 2018

“Since the dawn of time, resistance to God has been the hallmark of the human race – the great problem plaguing every man and woman.” (OCPM 5/24/2017)


“Every human being struggles with immorality, because at our core is our heart’s rebellion against God.” (David Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons)


“The rebellion of the world against God reveals several things…While union with Christ brings love, truth, and peace, it also brings persecution, because the world hates love and truth..." (Orthodox Study Bible, John 15:18-25)


“Why do the children of this world often scoff at that which is truth…” (St. John of Kronstadt)


“The saying ‘the truth hurts” is actually true. The reason it is true is because we are so infected with self-will. When we are faced with the truth, it usually is an affront to our self-will because the truth is demanding we do something counter to it. This stirs the rebellion within us and we lash out and fight back looking to preserve self over truth. Often we are not even conscious of this until the Holy Spirit pricks our conscience. Then comes ‘the moment of truth’ when we either humbly accept the truth and adjust our words and behavior, or harden our resolve and continue down the ruinous path of self-will.” (Sacramental Living Blog)


“I did not have to wrestle long with some of the postmodern relativism that captures my generation. To me, it was self-evident that truth exists. What’s the alternative? If truth doesn’t exist, then it would be true that truth doesn’t exist, and once again we arrive at truth. There is no alternative; truth must exist.” (Nabeel Qureshi)


“We are a people who live by facts (or imagine that we do). We think that a fact “just is,” and is neither one thing nor another – it just is. As such, we think that facts are neutral things. But this is secularism. Nothing in all of creation is “neutral.” Nothing “just is.” Everything exists only as it relates to God. Everything exists only as it exists in the truth. It’s “fact-ness” can be beside the point, and even contrary to the point.” (Father Stephen Freeman)


“I’ve learned over time that all truth is God’s truth. There is no hierarchy or separation of truth into categories—spiritual and secular. If something is true, it comes from God—regardless of its context.” (Kevin Scherer)


“...throughout history most people have preferred to believe in delusions over God’s truth…If the Gospel is true, then it is true for everybody whether they choose to believe it or not.” (Life Application Study Bible, Psalm 4:2, Sacramental Living Blog)


“Seeing is believing,” runs a popular aphorism, but the actual truth is the other way around – believing is seeing.” (OCPM 6/8/2017)“


We live in a world where dishonesty is almost expected, and sadly, in some professions, required when we live in a society that doesn’t promote being truthful, it is easy to fall into the trap of lies and less than truths.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis)


"It is very tempting for us to listen to pleasant lies, enjoy innocent sins, and accept a watered-down Christianity as the whole truth!...To understand Jesus’ message, people must listen and respond. Those who listen casually, for whatever reason, will miss the point.” (Dynamis 3/19/2014, Life Application Study Bible, Mark 4:25)


“False teaching has an intoxicating effect that dulls the mind to God’s truth.” (Foundation Study Bible, 2 Timothy 2:26)


“Resoluteness in truth helps put an end to quibbling over words and details. It enables us to stay close to God in all we say and do.” (OCPM 2/9/2016)


“We are able to perceive what is true by the ascetic life of participatory adherence to the things of God.” (Father Stephen Freeman)


“Truth is not a thought, not a word, not a relationship between things, not a law. Truth is a Person. It is a Being which exceeds all beings and gives life to all." (St. Nicholas of Serbia)


“Truth is always timely; it applies today and in the future. Because it is connected with God’s changeless character, it is also changeless….God reveals truth to people who will act on it and make it visible in their lives.” (Life Application Study, Proverbs 12:19, Mark 4:14-20)


“Truth is always a quarry hard to hunt, and therefore we must look everywhere for its tracks.” (St. Basil the Great)

“...he who does not know God does not know the truth and the nature of things in general..." (“St. Nectarios of Pentapolis)


“God’s truth is simple enough to be grasped by a child but also deep enough to challenge the most brilliant minds.” (Richard Stearns)


“To those who are honestly searching, the truth becomes clear.” (Life Application Study Bible, Matthew 13:2,3)


“Truth is the most powerful force on earth because it cannot be changed.” (Mike Murdock)


“For Christians, truth is a Person – Jesus Christ. He is the truth because He is the unique revelation God.” (Orthodox Study Bible, John 14:6)


“You are no longer faced with an argument which demands your assent, but with a Person who demands your confidence.” (C.S. Lewis)


“The nature of Truth is that it is true no matter what anyone says about it. In the face of Truth, there is no opinion.” (Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick)  


“...most religions have traditionally claimed that their faith is true and that others are, by implication, at least somewhat false, then that means that some religious believers are fundamentally mistaken about their beliefs and practices. This means they’re not going to get the results they think they will. We can’t all be right, because we’re making different claims about the nature of reality." (Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick)


“A twisting of the truth is more difficult to spot than an outright lie.” (Life Application Study Bible, Galatians 1:7)


"...people have been about the business of denying Truth ever since they have been in the business of having power over one another.” (Bishop John Michael Botean)


“I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (Jesus Christ)  


“ illogical it is to say that there is no such thing as truth (If that were the case, there would be at least one truth, namely that there is no such thing as truth, right...the opposite of Truth is deception, which, especially in the case of self-deception, is not always deliberate.” (Bishop John Michael Botean)  


"…some are fully attuned to divine truth, some partially so, and some barely. Our faith calls us to the struggle of knowing and embracing Truth Himself in worship and in all of life. However, the numbing effects of this world often seduce us into negligence and mindlessness…” (Dynamis 7/21/2013)


“As followers of Christ, we must be committed to the truth. This means both that our words should be honest and that our actions should reflect Christ’s integrity.” (Life Application Study Bible, Ephesians 4:14-16)


"What you say has to be what you know is true. Truth is not about making people feel good, it’s about what is true, and good and right. Being a Christian isn’t about being nice. It certainly doesn’t give us permission to be hurtful and spiteful to people. Sometimes the truth hurts, because the truth can accuse us or correct us. But we need to be people who speak honestly.” (Father John Zeyack)


"Speak the truth in love. This sounds simples but it seems so hard for us to do. Some of us are fairly good at speaking the truth, but we forget to be loving. Some of us are good at being loving, but we don’t have it in us to level with others if the truth is painful…Speak the truth but do it in a loving manner.” (Life Application Study Bible, Ephesians 4:15)


“Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Jesus Christ)


“Christians understand that man is really the end result of God's creative action. Regardless of the process by which mankind came into existence, the Scriptures teach that mankind's destiny and purpose is to become ‘perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect’ and that our ultimate goal and purpose as individuals and as a people is to be ‘the image and likeness of God’.” (Father Stanley Harakas)


"The Christian can indeed grow in the perfection of the Father, which is shown by imitating His love and mercy.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Matthew 5:48)


"Paul used [the word] perfection to mean mature or complete, not flawless in every detail. Those who are mature should press on in the Holy Spirit’s power, knowing that Christ will reveal and fill in any discrepancy between what we are and what we should be.” (Life Application Study Bible, Philippians 3:15-16)


“On the one hand, God’s demand for perfection need not discourage you in the least in your present attempts to be good, or even in your present failures. Each time you fall He will pick you up again. And He knows perfectly well that your own efforts are never going to bring you anywhere near perfection. On the other hand, you must realize from the outset that the goal towards which He is beginning to guide you is absolute perfection; and no power in the whole universe, except you yourself, can prevent Him from taking you to that goal. That is what you are in for. And it is very important to realize that. If we do not, then we are very likely to start pulling back and resisting Him after a certain point.” (C. S. Lewis)


“For Christians, truth is not an ideology, set of doctrines, scriptures, canon, rules, or commandments. These are all expressions or reflections of truth. For Christians, truth is a Person – Jesus Christ. He is the truth because He is the unique revelation God.” (Orthodox Study Bible, John 14:6)