Articles by Stan Dean

What is Truth?

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Well, here we are several months into COVID-19. I think most of us are made to wonder at this point, “Are we any farther along with this than we were at the beginning?” Our answer is probably based on who we listen to or who we read.


Oh, let me say up front that there is no doubt in my mind that the coronavirus is very real- - very contagious- - and potentially very harmful. But what are we supposed to do while living with it all around us every day?


Should we wash our hands for at least 20 seconds every chance we get? Certainly that is good advice in a COVID or a non-COVID environment. But are we even contracting it from surfaces? That depends on who you listen to or who you read.


Should we don a mask in public and practice social distancing? I do, along with countless others. But how effective is it to do so? There again it depends on who you listen to or who you read.
Further, how accurate are the numbers? We know there are at least some false-positives in testing. And how many people have actually died from COVID? How many folks have died with COVID, but their cause of death can actually be attributed to some other source? Once more, depends on who you listen to or read.


In no way is my purpose to cast a shadow on the medical profession. I feel confident that they are all doing the best they know to do- - and they know far more than I. But truthfully you will find their advice to be all over the map.


Neither am I trying to discredit the media. I am sure they are reporting what they are hearing, but the information flow is not consistent.


The problem is this: there is no absolute standard for dealing with COVID by which anyone can compare and draw a definite, logical conclusion. That puts everyone at a disadvantage.


But now let’s make a spiritual analogy. We are all aware of the “pandemic” of sin (Romans 6:23). We know it is real, contagious and deadly. But how do we receive forgiveness and live in a healthy relationship with God with sin all around us every day?


If you turn on your TV to religious programming or visit a bookstore that sells religious books, you will find the advice to be all over the map. And I think we could safely say that what many believe to be the answers to the above questions depends on who they listen to or read.


However, here is where a distinction can be made in this analogy. The Bible is an absolute standard (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:3). By it we can compare what we hear or read and draw definite, logical conclusions (2 Timothy 2:15).


Pontius Pilate once asked Jesus, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). A question to which Jesus had already answered saying it is the word of God (cf. John 17:17). The Bible (which is the word of God) is readily available to us all. Thus, we all have the tremendous advantage and blessing to seek and know the truth (John 8:31, 32)!


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