Monday, October 27, 2008

Reality and Truth

My night consisted of delving into a great Stuart Woods classic novel from the Stone Barrington Series when all of a sudden an epiphanic moment struck the inner cortex of my cognitive thoughts..........I wasn't in the mood to read. We all know the feeling. Not reading for a class. That's total crap. But reading for enjoyment or pleasure and you just aren't captivated by any means.

I relieved myself of that activity, sat down at the computer and decided to do some maintenance on the laptop since its been negligent towards my commands. Anyway, another insight erupted and I was forced with the need to verbalize what my mind was conceptualizing. At this point, I still don't know what I'm going to articulate, but I will try and make it sound very eloquent with ostentatious word-choice! HAHA (I'm laughing so hard right now. This actually sounds like I'm smart!)

If you have not noticed by now, our world is real messed up. You must be living under a rock if you haven't recognized that fact. Everyone is living their own reality while running around with their heads cut off. Like a chicken. To understand this, I think we have to define what is in our reality. Our reality is made up of how we view things. Not just by sight. View means not just visually, but how we behold, contemplate, observe, analyze, survey, scrutinize, etc. We use these as a medium to really “view” our beliefs, friends, relationships, surroundings, emotions, thoughts, etc. To put the two together would be to observe our surroundings, contemplate our friends/relationships, and analyze our emotions/thoughts. Because our realities are so disorganized in this present time under these arduous situations, no one can begin to perceive what the truth is. Constancy is unattainable.

Before I begin to talk about the “truth,” we need to explore the problem. You cannot have a correct solution without identifying the problem fully. Everything is so erroneous (bad) nowadays that the word "epidemic" is thrown around so nonchalant. For example, the AIDS crisis, the number of teenage drunk drivers, teachers having sex with underage students, kids playing violent video games, crime rates, murders, number of hours kids spend watching TV and surfing the net, etc.

If you ask me, I say human beings are the epidemic. We are the flaw. When we create ideas and solutions, we are just making more and more problems. As we further our discoveries, the problems arise just the same.

Furthermore, we have another dilemma that I think is one of the main issues. We have this mindset of, “go do whatever you want. So long as it doesn't mess me up, I could care less.” Guys and girls, it's exactly that thinking that's gotten us in this mess in the first place. We are turning to our own realities to try and escape what the real problem is. We retreat to our favorite song, read a book, go on the internet, bitch opinions to friends (what I’m doing right now). We are blaming everyone else when we are the problem.

But alas, we are also part of the solution.

The truth. What is the truth? Right now, everyone believes the truth is being held by one of the two candidates who are running for the office of President of the United States. If that’s the truth, we are doomed beyond all measure. We think the answer will be revealed by some great person who materializes an idea that will save us all. But let me tell you something…. (This is my reality that’s coming up. Take it or leave it people. Some people say my Jesus is a load of bullshit, well listen to this.) The answer to our problems is not an answer at all. It’s the Answerer. It’s Jesus himself. It’s not a bunch of words, it’s the word. It’s not a tightly woven philosophical argument, it’s a person. The answer to all our problems cannot just be an abstract idea, because this isn’t an abstract issue; it’s a personal issue. It requires a personal response. The answer must be someone, not just something, because the issue involves someone—“God, where are you?” (In this case, I’m saying “God” as truth.) None of our answers can be solved by any human, because we are all the same.

All the same.

We yearn for exactly what we need. To love and be loved. You cannot deny that. That’s where it all begins and ends. It’s so simple yet the most complex thing we’ll try to fathom. If you question if there is a Jesus, this is for you. In the end, God has only given us partial explanations. I’m sorry. Maybe that’s because he saw that a better explanation wouldn’t have been good for us. I don’t know why. Sometimes, I wish he’d give us more concrete information. But Jesus is more than an explanation; He’s what we really need. If your friend is sick and dying, the most important thing he wants is not an explanation; he wants you to sit with him. He’s terrified of being alone more than anything else. So God has not left us alone. I love him.

If you don’t like the ending, I’ll put it another way. At the end of the movie A Beautiful Mind, I think we’ve all seen it, John Nash gives a speech for his Nobel Prize Award….

“Thank you. I've always believed in numbers and the equations and logics that lead to reason. But after a lifetime of such pursuits, I ask,

"What truly is logic?"

"Who decides reason?"

My quest has taken me through the physical, the metaphysical, the delusional -- and back.

And I have made the most important discovery of my career, the most important discovery of my life: It is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logic or reasons can be found.

I'm only here tonight because of you [to wife, Alicia].

You are the reason I am.

You are all my reasons…”

How about we get to know the creator of that love? If he has given us the chance to to embrace it, then he must be the love we seek even when no one’s there.

Bibliography: “” 2008. 23, October, 2008.

Nash, John. “American Rhetoric: Movie Speech.” American Rhetoric. 2008. 23, October, 2008.

Strobel, Lee. The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2000.

(Special thanks to Ryan Olsen for this week's update. If you haven't already, check out the We're Sorry Facebook group and drop us a line)


Ben said...

John 8:32 "And you will know the truth and the truth will make you free"

it's deeper than you think.

Terri G said...

It's funny how many are seeking truth and rejecting Jesus. I hope they find what they're looking for... But in the end, I'd love to see their faces at the final judgement when they finally realize their mistake.