A few months ago a boy examining the stones in an abandoned mine found a ruby worth about $7,000. This gem had been overlooked by thousands who had searched there for something of value.

Man, engaged in his unending “search for truth,” continually passes by truth and picks up baubles instead.

Truth has to do with ultimate questions and answers, rather than merely with knowledge and information. Advances in knowledge stagger the imagination. It is estimated that man is prepared to make use of only 10 per cent of the information available to him. Truth has to do with the nature of man—who he is, why he exists, what his destiny is. Truth has to do with God, with good and evil, with sin and redemption, with time and eternity.

And all the while, as men blindly search, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, stands ready to reveal himself as “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” only to be rejected in favor of substitutes that at best leave emptiness in the soul.

Perhaps some of us have been fighting the battle for truth on the wrong front. We are concerned because of the world’s confusion, reflected in every area of life and highlighted by the revolt of young people. Because of our assurance that Christ is the answer for all these problems, we are inclined to wage the battle at the level of doctrines that have to do with his person and work, and with the record of these truths in the inspired and authoritative Scriptures.

But while our own faith and hope rest squarely on Christ, as revealed in the Scriptures, we find that the questions many are asking today delve behind the revelation of God in Jesus Christ to the very existence of God himself.

We are confronted with a generation characterized by ignorance of the Scriptures and the Christ they ...

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