Wednesday, February 2, 2011 6:06 AM

Truth and Love

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 6:06 AM
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 6:06 AM

The fundamental problem of the world is not truth; it is the hypocrisy of our search for it.[1] The real problem is that intent comes before content and we always start with the desire of our heart, not the need of our soul. Preconceived perception is grippingly blinding.

 Christopher Morley said, “If we all discovered that we had only five minutes left to say all that we wanted to say, every telephone would be occupied by people calling other people to stammer that we love them.”[i] Love is the posture of the soul, and its entailments are binding.[ii] G. K. Chesterton made this poignant observation: “They have invented a new phrase that is a black-and-white contradiction in two words—‘free love.’ [iii] There is no such thing as free love, there is not even free sex…the physical and emotional toll is more expensive than money.

If there is one description that captures the purpose of the cross, it is this: forgiveness that has been just and merciful at the same time. Christ did not die just as an example or as a martyr. He died so that the very ones who crucified him could have a way provided for their forgiveness. The cross conveys a message that is unquestionably unique. It stands in stark contrast to every other human power and human solution. This cross defines what love’s entailments are.[iv]

Dr. E. Stanley Jones, a famed and noted missionary to India, used to tell the story of a man, a devout Hindu government official, to whom he was trying to explain the concept of the cross. The man kept reiterating to Dr. Jones that he could not possibly make sense of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the offer of salvation by virtue of the cross. Their conversations on this subject were circular and seemingly unsolvable to his satisfaction.

One day, through a series of circumstances, the man involved himself in an extramarital affair that tormented his conscience. He could live with himself no longer, and finally, looking into the eyes of his devoted wife, he told her the heartrending story of his betrayal. The hours and days of anguish and pain became weeks of heaviness in her heart. Yet, as she weathered the early shock, she confessed to him not only her deep sense of hurt but also the promise of her undying commitment and love.

Suddenly, almost like a flash of lightning illuminating the night sky, he found himself muttering, “Now I know what it means to see love crucified by sin.” He bent his knee in repentance to the Christ who went to the cross for him, binding his heart with a new commitment to his Lord and to his wife.[v]

Thomas Merton was right when he said that man is not at peace with his fellow man because he is not at peace with himself. And he is not at peace with himself because he is not at peace with God. [vi]

[1] Geisler, N. L., & Hoffman, P. K. (2001). Why I am a Christian : Leading thinkers explain why they believe (275). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books.

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