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06/14/2017

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Fighting For the Truth


"Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth" (Gal.4:16).

"Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again;
The eternal years of God are hers;
But error, wounded, writhes in pain,
And dies among his worshipers."

------- William Cullen Bryant

Men have fought the truth on some levels for at least two (2) basic reasons. Some have become unconscious enemies of the truth. They have fought it in ignorance... The apostle Paul, while he was still called Saul, is an outstanding example of fighting the truth unknowingly as we read in Acts 26:9 and I Tim.1:13. To his credit, as some will do, many will find the truth as Paul did. "They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved, and so all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness" (I Thess.2:10 & 12). According to this verse, others are blinded because they do not love the truth... There have been many who have knowingly and purposefully fought the truth, and Jesus explained it this way; "This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil" (Jn.3:19). If you've ever turned over a large rock or rotting log in the forest, creatures that hate the light are exposed and start to scramble wildly. Spiritual creatures of darkness hate the light too. They hate the light to the extent that they prefer darkness to light and error to truth. It is why Jesus, in the last verse from John, said that they loved darkness instead of light, because their deeds were evil! The deeds of those who prefer darkness to light will always give then away...Here is something that we can have a wonderful confidence in; No matter how much truth is fought against, it will survive. I hope you like the William Cullen Bryant quote I used today. I think it reinforces some of these thoughts... No matter what people may try to do with the truth of God's Word, it shall rise again. I believe that Bryant has echoed Biblical principle.... "Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again..." The truth is worth fighting for....

Have a great day.... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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