In this 21st Century world we live in, we often miss the difference between Truth and the facts. This subtle difference is more than mere semantics, rather it is central to our understanding and ability to fully live in the fullness of Life as Christ died for us to be able to.
500 years ago, the accepted facts were that the earth was the center of the universe and all the heavens moved around this flat space we live on. The known facts today tell us something completely different. Facts are generally accepted without question, although every so often there are people who choose to shatter these facts.
Even in the last 100 years many accepted “facts” have been debunked. The concept of a human running a mile in less than 4 minutes, an atom being the smallest possible measure, the possibility of space flight, supersonic flight, cures for all kinds of illnesses previously deemed uncurable. These facts have changed our way of life and made us less aware of the Truths surrounding us.
Truth is immovable. It never changes. Popular opinion and understanding changes facts daily, but Truth is unchangeable.
Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”(John 14: 6,7)
Jesus not only spoke the truth, He is the physical embodiment of the Truth. Everything He said and did was an embodiment of Truth, from healing all those who came to Him and asked in Faith to driving the money changers out of the Temple. Never once did He say “come back later” or put sickness onto someone in order to teach them something.
He never took anything from someone without them receiving a Blessing in return far greater than that they had offered.
Facts were never a big part of Jesus’ teachings. Satan used facts to tempt Jesus in the wilderness. Jesus overcame these temptations with Truths.
Today we are quick to look for the facts. But facts can be misleading. It is a fact that there is more skin cancer now than at any other time in recorded history. It is also a fact that there is a hole in the ozone layer. It is also a fact that more sunscreen lotion is sold now than ever has been sold. The facts are suggestive that the hole in the ozone layer may cause skin cancer. But the same facts can suggest, if you choose to interpret them that way, that sunblock may cause skin cancer.
Now I’m NOT a scientist, and I don’t know the details of how sunscreen works or understand the workings of UV rays. But I do know that my own dad used sunblock, a vest, a t-shirt and a tracksuit on the beach and still got skin cancer. I also know many many people who use sunscreen and don’t develop cancer. Those facts suggest wearing too many clothes on the beach may be a cause of cancer.
We are quick to accept facts, but slow to accept the Truths we see.
Jesus heals. I’ve watched legs grow, have been healed of some physical ailments and met 3 people who have been raised from the dead. Truth is unmoveable. It is irrefutable. Facts are refuted and adjusted all the time. If we look for Truth, we must look in the Word of God. Jesus’ life and teachings, not just the current popular interpretation of them.
I heard of a church leader who refused to allow a song containing the line “here with the power to heal now” to be sung in his church because it may raise people’s hopes unrealistically when we know the fact is that healing just doesn’t happen.
Truth trumps fact. Every time. God heals. God prospers. God loves unconditionally.
If our body has symptoms, those symptoms are facts. Jesus heals.
Fact: I take medication for diabetes. Truth: By His stripes I have been healed.
I used to take medication for Gout. By His stripes I am healed.
Just something to think on…