From a Communist country, where the people’s revolt in search of freedom was brutally crushed, a professional man sent this hopeful greeting: “However small the individual may seem among the factors that make up history, he is a factor nonetheless, and he can affect the very course of history. The great ideas and movements have grown from little beginnings, from improbably tiny beginnings. And these great ideas and movements are always set aflame by the realm of the Spirit, and never by the state.” How gratifying that not even the totalitarian tyrants can destroy man’s confidence in the power of the truth.
Yet we who live in the free world sometimes seem stilled and choked by the Communist climate, by the evolutionary temper, by the sensate spirit of our age, when we ought to be trumpeting truth and tidings to our times with courage and faith to stir new hope where the disgust of life now reigns. Sometimes even those who profess to be vitally interested in evangelical education seem skeptical of the power of the truth. If so, one may hope this sin is not visited upon our children and our children’s children.
We may fail our generation in many ways, but few failures will be as devastating as skepticism over the importance and power of truth.
We dare not underestimate Christianity’s stake in the truth. The Bible tells us that God himself is the Truth. Truth is not something independent of God, but the Logos is himself the ultimate originator and the ultimate definer of all reality. The Holy Spirit uses truth as a means of conviction and persuasion. The Truth has become incarnate and inscripturate. And the Truth, so wonderfufly revealed to us, is not simply to be known, but is also to be done. ...1
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