By Alan Bailey

When you don’t know who to trust

TRUTH

It's getting harder to know who to believe. Cynicism and distrust are on every side. Daily the media is keeping us informed of scams and swindles, rackets and rorts. Voices on the other end of the phone are spinning lies to extort money from us. The media itself is guilty of trafficking in untruths.

Poor old truth! Today we see it staggering along all tattered and bruised, out of shape and nearly unrecognisable. It's not only courts of law that are constantly struggling to find the truth; all of us have the problem.

When truth is lacking in relationships, people get hurt. Children are hurt when parents promise something then fail to deliver. Wives are hurt when husbands feed them lies. In business, the harm caused by dishonesty can affect thousands. Then there are the "isms" and "ologies"—the array of groups that make special claims and want your allegiance. There are sects, institutions, associations and so on dealing in religion, politics, life-style choices—you name it. No wonder many today have withdrawn to their safe haven, their home, there to keep as out of touch with such groups as they can.

Finding truth

We shouldn't give up on our search for truth. Deep down, we know that there are genuine values, bedrock principles, unchanging laws—in a word, reality. A rule was given to us by Jesus long ago. He said "You will know them by their fruits." Meaning, of course, that people show what they are all about by the results in their lives and behaviour. He also said that a good tree bears good fruit, and, naturally, a bad tree bad fruit. Just look at the broken families, the war, the miseries created by ideologies and make your assessment.

I would like you also to read the true stories in this paper showing what happens when people come to know Christ. Over and over again we hear of lives wonderfully turned around, bondages broken, thieves and liars made over again. They have discovered the reality of John chapter 14 and verse 6 where it says that Jesus, "is the way, the truth, and the life." And thus it has been down through the years. Countless folk have proved the Christian gospel to be true and always a blessing. It was so when Christ was here. The fruit of His life and ministry was so positive, so uplifting, and so full of promise of even more bounty from God.

I urge you not to turn away from the truth because Jesus said in John chapter 8 and verse 32; "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." If you do turn away, the consequences will never be good; in fact they could be eternal.

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