February 14, 2007

Is Truth Your Valentine?

Posted in culture, philosophy, psychology, scripture, theodicy at 10:34 am by Jerry

Is it just me or are there others who have assumed we should love ALL truth? Truth is considered to be good and healthy. Why shouldn’t we love it?

In the bible it says, “The truth will make you free,” – John 8:32; and “It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth,” – 1 John 5:6. I suppose, truth is omniscient, whether there is a personal Keeper of it or not. But does that mean all truth is worthy of our love? What about the dark side of truth?

It may be convenient at times to live a lie, but deep down, I think we all want to be true to ourselves, and to others. Yet, this conviction requires us to also look at the truths of evil all around us (and in us). It challenges us to remove the wrong in our lives – which will always be impossible in part. No one is capable of ridding themselves of all wrongs.

So what do we do about the truth of the evil that won’t go away? If we can’t solve the problem of evil, should we just ignore the truth of it? Repress it? Stick our head in the sand when it finds us? Because, if we accept the reality that evil has existed for a long time and will continue to do so, and we claim this to be true, how can we love this truth?

Somehow, I had it in my head that it would be wrong of me to hate any truths. That hating something I call “good and healthy” would be an evil act — as if it were blasphemy! What’s so wrong with just looking directly into the truth of evil’s persistence and not only hating the evil but also hating the truth that evil never completely goes away? We either love it, hate it, or become indifferent to it.

I can tell you where I stand — I HATE IT!

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it. – Flannery O’Connor

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