I have asked the same question to thousands of people over the past 35 years: “Where do you go for truth?” I hear all kinds of answers. Most people I have counseled seek counsel because they want to feel better. They want their lives to work better, and they want help to fix the situation they have gotten themselves into.
For a person to transform what is not working in their life necessitates a reference of truth that will guide them on a journey to renewal. It is imperative that all of us reflect on the maps we are following. Do you have an accurate map that will give you accurate directions to your desired destinations? In order to transform our lives, the map we follow needs to be drawn from the pen of a mapmaker that actually knows the true path to take in order to arrive at any given destination. (See Godmaps #1)
You need to know where to go for truth so that you will end up with a life that is rich with the wisdom from God. Atheists, I have seen, answer that truth is taken from their favorite poet, well-known philosopher or the most popular, political guru. As Christians, we do not base truth on the trends of a culture, the whim of a poet or the force of a politician.
I worked with a PHD in philosophy who contracted venereal disease of the eyes. He followed old, faulty, humanistic cognitive maps of his favorite philosophers and pop-psychologists that led him to despair. These faulty, even gross maps showed him and told him what would give him fleshly happiness, but the outcome was a body full of pain and an empty life. He was desperate for a foundation to build upon that would repair and renew him. The relevant issues of life must be seen and heard through the eyes and ears of truth that are given from a source that actually knows what the truth really is. I said to him, “Your poets, philosophers and psychologists apparently have not been giving you accurate direction.”
So I asked him again, “Where do you want to go for truth?” He said “I’ve come to you, Al, so you give it to me.” I said, “Well, I can only give you what I have! I have come to a settled state of certainty that the Word of God is the only place to go to find truth on how to live life and live it in abundance.” (John 10:10) I shared with him God’s promises that we can have spiritual wisdom and understanding (Ephesians 1:16-18; Colossians 1:9; 2 Peter 1-10). Spiritual intelligence comes from the Holy Spirit and the Word of God and resides in our born-again spirit, which in turn feeds wisdom to our soul (your mind, will and emotions).
Spiritual intelligence seems to be the least sought after kind of knowledge. Most of the world is searching for peace but will never find it. Without the truth of God’s Word as the eyes to see through and the ears to hear through, we are deaf and blind seekers. Jesus says, “Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14)
In the next blog, I will continue to discuss the question regarding the map of truth.