Van Yandell

John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

It seems we live in a world full of condemnation, judging, lying and misleading. What little goodness, courtesy, manners or respect that ever existed appears to have gone by the wayside. It has become acceptable to cheat and lie to make the sale, to win the case, or to win the game.

The bias of people and the misleading of the population, all 326 million Americans and 7.8 billion in the world has reached an unprecedented high.

There seems to be no conscience, no level of integrity or level of character that is sacred. Whatever it takes seems to be the philosophy.

A famous ball coach once asked, “If it’s not about winning and just how you play the game, why keep score?” Winning at everything has become an obsession to the point, many are willing to cheat, lie and steal in every way possible. The ethical concept of fairness is a thing of the past.

I was taught that to cheat to win the game is not a win at all. I played baseball when I was a kid and our coaches made sure we played fair.

There wasn’t much they could do about the other teams and sometimes they cheated and won. This was a difficult situation for our coaches but they always seemed to make a good lesson of it.

Who can you believe? What is right and what is wrong? As Mulder and Scully would say, “The truth is out there!” or more specifically, “in there!”

Is truth in the mind of the beholder? Absolutely not!” Truth is truth. The new-saying, “It is what it is,” is a lie in itself.

It seems as though when one picks up the pen, as I am doing right now, opinion seems to be a powerful influence. I have tried very hard over the years to make sure my opinions have been based on scripture. Sometimes however, opinions are influenced by outside factors.

Such factors as life experiences, peer influence, and our own personal reasoning determine our attitudes and beliefs and we may not even realize where those came from.

Also, what we have been taught lingers in our minds. But, just because grandma said it, doesn’t make it so.

So, what is the ultimate, indisputable truth? It can only come from God and God’s revealed Word to mankind, the Bible. Most religious people, regardless of the religion, believe in a higher, spiritual power.

Sometimes, He is referred to as the 3-O God; Omnipotent, all powerful; Omniscient, all knowing; and Omni-present, He is everywhere.

Truth is defined as that which is true, in accordance with fact in reality. It is verifiable and sustainable. I find it interesting, of all the religious books and other publications written throughout history, only the Holy Bible has accurately told mankind what the future held. Cool, huh?

Jesus said in John 14: 6 “I am the way and the truth and the life.” He did not say He would show us the way, he said “He is the way.”

He did not say he would tell us the truth: He said “He is the truth.” And he did not say he would tell us about life, He said, “He is the life.” God Jesus cannot tell a lie.

Whatever He says becomes immediate truth. If He said the sky is green and the grass is blue, they would immediately switch colors.

The man Jesus was flesh and blood as we are but He was that supernatural God-Man that created the universe by His spoken word. John 1:3 “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”

And it is only by His blood we may be saved. Hebrews 9: 22 “without shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.”

Jesus then said in John 14: 6, “and no man comes to the father except by me.”

He is the only one ever, or ever will be qualified to say that.

God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Ghost can only exist within that central One Creator God figure.

There can only be one god because there is only one universe.

When God wrote commandment number one, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me,” He was not saying there were other gods, He was saying those assumed and invented gods are not real.

Do not be wasting your time on them because they do not exist and we can easily be misled.

People claim there are many ways to Heaven and many gods. Invariably, these same ones have determined there are numerous standards of righteousness.

One of the greatest obstacles I faced as a classroom teacher was the fact, so many of our children had no understanding of right and wrong.

“Anything goes as long as I don’t get caught,” seemed to be the attitude.

Sadly, that thought came from parents, other adults and, of course, the entertainment industry. Can the human mind even begin to comprehend the magnitude and dynamic of God? I think not.

There is only one Truth, only one Savior, King Jesus and one Salvation. THAT IS THE TRUTH!