The Need For Truth
By Zeal Clark
The need for truth cannot be more severe as we move rapidly toward the end of the age. Regardless of our beliefs concerning the end-times scenario, whether Christians will be raptured before, during or after the tribulation period, it’s hard to ignore the signs that point to the fact that we are in the last days and rapidly nearing what Scripture calls The Tribulation Period.
The 3rd Chapter of II Timothy gives us a stern warning of what to expect in the last days:
1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good , 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God , 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power…
13. But evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived...
How much more obvious could it be that we are rapidly nearing the end when we see all the evidences of the warnings listed in this Scripture alone, without quoting the others relating to end times? Our own government is filled with officials who are exhibiting most of the characteristics listed and their examples are being propagated throughout our society. Considering the speed at which this is occurring, how can we afford to not pay careful attention to what Scripture is indicating is ahead? But in doing so, we must be careful to search the Scriptures for the truth concerning the end times.
Much has been written about the end times. There are many differing views regarding what will occur and the order in which they will occur. Unfortunately for those seeking truth, this causes a great dilemma. Whose interpretation of Scripture should we believe regarding this period? If we assume those teaching that we will be raptured before the tribulation period, then we have little to worry about, and there is no need to search the Scriptures for truth. But how can we be sure that interpretation is correct unless we ourselves seek for truth. More importantly, if that view is not correct, then we have plenty to be concerned about and need to prepare for what is in our near future.
This is only one of the many reasons we need to carefully explore Scripture and determine what is truth and what is wishful thinking based on others’ pre-determined agendas, which perhaps may be the result of their need to fulfill some personal hidden purpose.
Never before has there been such a proliferation of deceit and deception. Looking back, there were times when you could expect most people to be true to their word, carry out their activities and fulfill their obligations in a responsible and reasonable manner. We have now progressed, or more accurately regressed, to a period where for many, especially our government officials, integrity and character seem to be regarded as a liability rather than an asset. It seems that few of our officials can be trusted to carry out their responsibilities with integrity and that the only characteristic we can expect is deceit from those whom we should be able to trust. This seems to be caused by a severe lack of their willingness to tell us the truth. This lack of truth is spreading and is contributing to the moral decay and deterioration of our society and our country.
Many think corruption began inside our government and spread into our populace. Others feel it began with the people and has risen into our government. Actually, corruption begins throughout any society that begins to distance itself from the truth and the principles found in God’s Word. Our country was founded on those Biblical principles, as shown in our historical accounts, despite the lingering denials by those who wish to distance us from the influences of God’s Word.
We have reached a point in our society where the only truth we can depend on is in God’s Word. But the #1 item on the secular agenda is to eliminate the use of God’s Word as a standard or reference point in our culture. For example:
1. Taking prayer out of our schools.
2. Taking the 10 Commandments off our public buildings.
3. Moving toward taking “In God We Trust” off our currency.
4. Trying to change the meaning of murder as it applies to abortion.
5. Trying to normalize and mainstream the perversion of homosexuality, when the Bible plainly says that it is an abomination.
6. Trying to redefine the meaning of truth to mean whatever the majority of people believe. Then working to influence our belief by bombarding us with propaganda and misinformation, and even outright lies.
These are all examples of our own government’s support of efforts to abolish any reliance on or adherence to the truth of God’s Word. The truth of God’s Word obviously does not fit their agendas.
Many people in our society simply don’t want truth. They only want confirmation of what they already believe. And people who are in rebellion against truth will repeatedly put up roadblocks to prevent their understanding and acceptance of truth that is being expressed. Some regard truth as a transitory, flexible concept that can be molded to suit their current purposes. But no matter how emphatic or convincing, all points are void if they are contrary to God’s Word.
Therefore, realizing that many are not concerned about truth and that many value their own intellects more than they value truth, we must accept this reality and resolve to seek truth for ourselves. Not to insult, but to quote a question raised years ago, “How can we claim to be intelligent if we’re not searching for the truth?” This question, being somewhat relevant then, is extremely relevant in this age, as it’s becoming quite clear that we don’t have much time left to seek and accept the truth that God has provided for us.
It’s also important to keep in mind that if you don’t study God’s Word yourself, and can’t hear from Him yourself, you’re at the mercy of others, many of whom cannot be trusted to accurately interpret and deliver God’s Word.
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