Is Truth What I Believe?

The Wisest President Who Ever Lived

Hundreds of people wanted a piece of Abraham Lincoln’s attention. Greed, lust for power, and hunger for the spotlight brought many people to the president. Lincoln, a keen judge of character, became skilled at exposing their hypocrisy, lies and posturing. A favorite method involved posing a riddle to the scam artist. Lincoln would ask, “If you call the tail of a calf a leg, then how many legs does the calf have?” When told the answer was five, Lincoln would respond, “The calf only has four legs. Calling the tail a leg doesn’t make it one.”

Sincerity Is All That Matters

Many people claim there are different ways to get to heaven that are equally “valid.” They think as long as people are sincere in their beliefs, they can believe anything they want and God will accept them. A friend of mine had a customer at a gas station near Chicago that insisted that any sincere, good person could believe what they want and then go to heaven when they die. When they were through discussing “religious” things, the customer asked the way to get from Chicago to Milwaukee. My friend answered, “Drive in any direction you want. As long as you are sincere, you’ll get there.” Pretending that conflicting and contradictory claims can all be true doesn’t make them true.

The Wisest One Who Ever Lived

No one has ever lived who’s wiser than the Lord Jesus Christ. His words, when asked the way to God the Father’s house, were, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). Head in any other direction, trust in the instruction of any other person, count on receiving eternal life in any other way and we will never arrive in the Father’s house in heaven. Jesus Christ is not merely an interesting or wise historical figure with a “personal opinion,” but the always-existing Son of God who came to save mankind from their sins. The Jewish people clearly understood His declaration of Himself as God when He said, “Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58). He said, “The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). He died on a Roman cross, was punished by God for the sins of others, and shed His blood, which “cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). Then He rose from the dead, went back to heaven, and sent an invitation to us: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). We can come only through Him to be with Him forever.

Who Knows What to Believe?

Pilate, the Roman governor who condemned Jesus to death, anticipated the excuse many people today make for not believing what Jesus has said. He asked, “What is truth?” or, in other words, “Who knows what is really true?” The driver wanting to get to Milwaukee wouldn’t have been any more satisfied with the answer “Who knows?” than he was with “Any direction you want.” Will you respond to what Jesus Christ has said about Himself?

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