Without Truth there is Only Manipulation

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“Without truth, there is only manipulation.” ~ Dr. Os Guiness

Why does Dr. Guiness say manipulation is the only alternative to truth? Perhaps he might be thinking that if no objective truth exists, no right or wrong could exist. If we couldn’t know reality, we couldn’t tell right from wrong. Then everything would be relative. For those who follow post-modernism and relativism, winning is the only goal, and they use power to win. This power comes from politicking, deception, intimidation, or force. These tactics are manipulations, so without truth, there’s only manipulation.

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Knowing the Truth

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Understanding makes knowledge easy. If we can judge the difference between reality and made-up stuff and turn from evil, we have the key to understanding since sound reasoning judges between reality and made-up stuff. However, unsound reasoning can’t tell the difference between the two.

“The mind of a discerning person gains knowledge, while the ears of wise people seek out knowledge.” (Proverbs 18:15 International Standard Version)

Truth exists, but we must discern between truth and untruth. If we can discern, we gain precise, accurate, and certain knowledge of truth. Truth is reality. It’s what’s real. Still, we make mistakes. We think God said such and so, and then we find out we were wrong. Satan says, “See, you can’t know anything for certain. You can’t even know that Jesus leads you or that He exists.” However, the Holy Spirit speaks from within saying, “That’s a lie. I’m right here with you, and I’ll never leave you nor forsake you.”

“He restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3 New Heart English Bible)

He restores our souls. “Soul” means “mind” or “life.” He restores our minds. He lives within and continues to build us up in Him. He continues to put the flesh to death. So if we focus on Him, He’ll be faithful to complete the work in us despite our flaws. We must listen to His voice and not to the voice of Satan since we can’t deal with reality unless we know the truth. All we need to do is to ask the Holy Spirit to help us have righteous, godly thoughts. We ask Him to restore our minds and lead us into the paths of righteousness. Righteousness comes from Him, and He’ll give us righteousness if we ask Him for it.

If it depended on us, we would all be lost. It depends on God. God knows how to give the Holy Spirit to those who ask for Him. God knows how to impart discernment. God knows how to communicate clearly. Only when we follow our own desires do we become confused.

“We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts” ~ A.W. Tozer

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Sound Reasoning Discerns

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“A mocker searches for wisdom without finding it, but knowledge comes easily to a person who has understanding.” (Proverbs 14:6 God’s Word Translation) Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding—God reveals these three through this Scripture as He tells us that an arrogant person tries to get wisdom but can’t find it. However, knowledge comes easily for those who understand. What then does it mean to understand?

 

“And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28 Authorized Version)

 

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10 Authorized Version) The Hebrew word “biynah” means both “understanding” and “discernment.” To depart from evil is understanding or discernment. The knowledge of the holy is understanding or discernment. If we understand, we know the difference between the holy and the evil. We discern the difference between truth and lies. We understand that lies are evil and we depart from them and their fruit.

 

Sound reasoning discerns between truth and lies, but unsound reasoning makes truth appear untrue, and it makes untruth appear true. Since unsound reasoning is often complicated and confused, it makes truth seem difficult. From Job 28:28, we see that understanding is turning away from evil.

 

The hardest part is discerning good from evil, truth from error, or reality from concepts. And though we may feel unsure of this difference sometimes, God makes us confident that He’ll oversee our entire journey to the end. And even if we have only a vague understanding of this certainty, as we walk with Him, we see the vision becoming a bit more stable and defined. And He’s faithful to finish the work that He started in us.

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There’s a Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

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How did we build our beliefs? If we built them on untruth, on made-up stuff, they self-destruct when God exposes them to light. In a moment, they implode unless we block the light. So we sometimes fight the light since we don’t like our world shaken this way. In these moments of unveiling revelation, we weren’t aware of any problem with our made-up stuff, and we didn’t particularly want it fixed. We didn’t think our made-up stuff was made-up stuff. However, when we opened our minds to God’s leading, He began to demolish the strongholds in our minds. He began shaking everything built on made-up stuff. If we walk in the Spirit, we experience this shaking. If we walk in the Spirit, God shakes us sometimes since God is shaking made-up stuff that can be shaken so realities that can’t be shaken remain. There’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on.

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Shutting Down Conversations

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Scripture-deniers often shut down the discussion by insisting, without proof, that Scripture lacks authority. They might say, “This conversation is over if you insist that the Bible is authoritative.” They may bring up many objections against the Bible without basing any of those objections on a true premise without any assumptions or presuppositions. Alternately, they may say, “You can’t quote Scripture since I don’t believe in the Bible.” Or they may say, “I don’t need to have a reason for rejecting Scripture since you have the burden of proof.” Such conversation-stoppers use many fallacious excuses against Scripture while accepting other sources as authoritative without rational reasons for the double standard. Christians need to know why the Bible is authoritative. Everyone is responsible to reason from true premises without using any fallacies.

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Debate

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If we recognize a legitimate authority, is that wrong? If we know something with enough certainty to end debate, is that wrong?
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By the way, Jesus Christ is the only legitimate authority, and He does set some into places of authority but only as they yield to Him and allow Him to say His words and do His acts through them.
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