Claire Streb: Truth Seeking

This topic deals with seeking the truth. Speaking the truth falls under the category of integrity or honesty.

If you already know basically everything you need to know about life, then don't bother reading this. But, if you're thirsty for something more, if you feel something's missing in your life but you just can't put your finger on it, then I suggest you actively seek for the truth.
Why bother seeking the truth? It is important that we care about life and try to determine how we fit. You can be a slacker or a couch potato, wasting your life away, giving excuses why you can't do this or that, or you can choose to live. There is power in the truth.
What kinds of truth should we seek? The fundamental truth of reality would be a good start, such as what is real vs. fantasy, how we were created, and so on. This might take a long time to figure out and decide, but it is worth it. Next, determine why you were born. Again, this might take a long time. With these two answers, you're free to live the rest of your life to its fullest, with contentment. Your search shouldn't stop there, of course, but it will have a good basis.
How can we tell truth from falsehood?
  1. There are truths that we believe and cannot prove. (There's a good line in the movie Contact. The scientist asks the preacher to prove God exists, and the preacher asks the scientist to prove she loved her father.)
  2. Memory can be tricky. There are situations that happened and people remember them differently. Also, can we really believe all that is written? Do the history books in our public schools actually reflect reality? My daughter might not remember me taking her to church when she was little, but I actually did it with her numerous times before her tenth birthday. She can't remember it and I can, so what's real? And, just because she can't consciously remember it, hopefully her subconscious is directing her actions and thoughts because of it.
  3. Perception can be tricky. Eyewitness accounts cannot be completely trusted. A person might believe in their heart that something is true when their mind played a trick on him/her.
  4. Use your best judgment. Practice discernment.
  5. So, what we believe we think is truth. One of my favorite quotes is from the Bible, John 20:29 - Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." (NIV) Do you completely trust what you believe? Are you willing to die for it?
In our quest for the truth, should we destroy lies? Absolutely, but it's got to be done with respect. For example, if I'm speaking with a belligerent atheist who keeps telling me I'm wrong or stupid to believe in the LORD, I respect their unbelief (but not their attitude), but I still want to convey what I KNOW to be true even though I can't prove it. I do this NOT because I need them to agree with me, NOT because I need to win them over to a religion, NOT because I need them to follow like a blind sheep. I do it out of brotherly/sisterly love, to at least give them another viewpoint to consider and to share what has happened in my life.

I used to think that everyone had their own truth, that whatever one believes at any one moment, that was the truth. But, that's really just opinion. When I was 16, I was pretty sure there was no God. Now I KNOW He is real. So, our opinions and beliefs may change, but the truth is always there - you just have to find it.

We should always be questioning and searching for the truth and helping others in their search.

Question everything* - once - and often silently. If you reach a point where you find the truth, use your faith from there on out, and get on with your life.
*this does not include foolish questions; see 1 Tim 6:3-5

... Seek, and ye shall find ... Luke 11:9 (KJV)

1 Corinthians 2 (NIV)
4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power,
5 so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.
6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
7 No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.
8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"
10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.
14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment:
16 "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.

TruthSeekers Tribe

Truth on the Web


My email to an atheist:
I agree with you on many points and disagree on others.
I am a Christian. As such, I apologize for the Christians who have given
you bad experiences.
Between the ages of 13 and 25, I would have agreed with you 100%. However,
some things happened to me that caused me to KNOW there is a God.
Have you read C.W. Dalton's On Being an Atheist? I'd like to know
what you think about it.
I have added a link to your site on my web page. I hope you don't mind.
If you do, let me know, and I'll remove it.
[I haven't heard back from him yet.]

Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. (KJV) Psalms 25:5

Let not kindness and truth forsake thee: Bind them about thy neck; Write them upon the tablet of thy heart: ... (NAS) Proverbs 3:3

Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding. (NIV) Proverbs 23:23

Run ... through the streets of Jerusalem ... and ... see if you can find one person who ... seeks truth - so that I may pardon Jerusalem. (NRSV) Jeremiah 5:1

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