Christlife Posture: Trusting God's Wisdom

Topic: How can I know what is true?

Suggested Approach: Choose 1 thing from each of the three boxes

OR Choose 1 from Media or Reflection + 1 from Scripture 

Media Excursions   (Watch/read/listen and be ready to discuss Q's)            

Poster

  • Poster: I have a theory… (Bansky) How does this tongue-in-cheek poster play with the idea of truth? What assumptions does it make about truth? Do you agree with this assumptions? Why or why not?

  • Flammarion (1888, artist unknown) This illustration depicts someone breaking through the bonds of earth, enabling them to see "beyond". What assumptions about truth does this illustration make about truth? To what extent do you agree or disagree with those assumptions? 

Video Clip

  • Truth, Goodness and Beauty  (Letters to the Exiles) Say why you agree or disagree with his statement about “wanting some truth”. What do you think he means when he says “just do it” in regard to finding truth?

  • How do you find truth? (ExploreGod.com) Which of these answers resonates with you? Which do you think are biblical?

  • Video Skit: Red Balloon (OneTimeBlind) Does this seem ridiculous to you? When have you heard similar thinking?

Video Testimony

  • American Muslim Doctor Converts… (Light of Christ) What were the various paths this doctor pursued to seek out truth? What paths have you or would you like to explore further?

  • On this page, choose Deb’s Story (Christianity Explored) What do you think was central to her finding truth in Christianity?

Song

  • I Believe (JJ Heller) The songwriter sing, "the truest things I know are those I cannot see".  Do you agree? According to this song, how does this artist come to a place of belief?

Articles

Video Teaching

Reflection Options  

Journal (reflect on one or more of these questions)

  • What questions do you have about how to identify truth? What are your current conclusions about where stable truth can be found?

  • What do you think of the concept of absolute truth? Where do your thoughts come from? 

Quote Interaction (Interact by agreeing, disagreeing or otherwise engaging with the quote/quotes)

  • “We should note this curious mark of our own age: the only absolute allowed is the absolute insistence that there is no absolute.” Francis Schaeffer

  • “Science makes no pretension to eternal truth or absolute truth.” Eric Bell

  • "You and I can discover truth, but we cannot create it. What’s true is true and what’s not is not – for all of us, all the time. Our culture views truth as something inside us, subject to revision according to our growth and enlightenment. Scripture views truth as something outside us, which we can believe or not but can never sway."  Randy Alcorn

  • "Such is the immutability of truth, the patrons of it make it not greater, the opposers make it not less; as the splendour of the sun is not enlarged by them that bless it, nor eclipsed by them that hate it." Thomas Adams, Puritan

Reading and Reflection from the book, Shaping The Journey of Emerging Adults:

  • Read the section called “Value Shifts” & “The instability of truth.”  (pp. 33-35) What did you think of the statement “All may differ but all may be right”? What has been your own journey in regard to whether or not there is such a thing as stable or a“big T” truth?

  • Read “Personalized Spirituality” (p. 36) If you had to give percentages, what percentage of your beliefs align with classic orthodoxy vs. “pick and choose orthodoxy.” Has this always been the case? What has caused it to change or shift?

 Explore Scripture

Meditate on one or more of the following passages. Always look them up in context.  Take some time to really explore the verse in relation to this topic.  Note any insights you gain about what truth is or how to recognize it.  Make a note of what you discover to share later.  See "Learn More About Ways to Study Scripture" below for help in getting the most out of the verse.

  • Psalm 119:160

  • Jeremiah 23:25-32

  • John 5:31-40

  • John 14:6 and 16:13

  • John 17:17

  • Romans 14:14-23

  • Philippians 4:8, 9

  • Colossians 2:6-8