Truth Or Tradition #369

(05/19/2016)

By Gene H. Miller, Minister
Steer Creek Church of Christ
3466 Rosedale Road,
Stumptown WV 25267
Phone 304-462-0384
ghmiller@frontier.com
Steer Creek Church of Christ

Truth Is Harmonious

And ye shall know the truth, and the
truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Truth is Absolute…always has been, always will be. Truth is Unchangeable…we may err from it, deny it, fall away from it, reject it, resist it, but we can never change it. Truth is Universal…the same for all people, at all times, and in all places. Truth is also Harmonious.

No Contradiction. One truth never contradicts another truth. A truth in any field of study is in complete harmony with all truth in that field, as well as with all truth in every other field of study.

In The Sciences. Two plus two equals four. That does not conflict with any other mathematical equation, nor with any truth in any other science. Two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen make a molecule of water. That does not conflict with any other chemical combination, nor with any truth in any other field. Every seed brings forth after its kind. That is in complete harmony with every other biological principle, and with every other truth in every other field of study. Truth is Harmonious.

In The Scriptures. Jesus said that the Word of God is Truth (John 17:17). Since that is true, then we would expect that there would be no contradiction or conflicts within The Bible itself. While it is true that there are passages that seem to conflict with one another, there is a logical explanation. In most cases it involves a misunderstanding of terms. For example, some have read in Joshua 3 where the priests carried the ark over the Jordan River, and thought there is no way priests could carry something a s big as the ark. The ark of the covenant that they carried was an entirely different object from the ark that Noah built. I have in my study a book entitled Alleged Discrepancies of the Bible, in which scores of these imagined conflicts are explained. There are no real contradictions in God’s Word, only imagined ones.

The Bible And Science. Again, since The Bible is Truth, and all truth is harmonious, we would expect that there would be no conflict between The Bible and science, and there isn’t. Scientific truth and Biblical truth are in complete harmony. Sometimes men’s interpretations of the Bible are in conflict with scientific truth. Some have imagined the earth to be flat, because The Bible speaks about the four corners of the earth (Revelation 7:1). The same word that is translated corner there, is translated quarter in Revelation 20:8. The four quarters (corners) of the earth mean the entire earth. The problem is with a misunderstanding of Biblical truth.

Sometimes scientific theories conflict with Biblical truth. Men long theorized about what was supporting the earth before scientists learned that nothing (but gravity) is supporting it. The Bible has said all along that God hung the world upon nothing (Job 26:7). The conflict is not between science and the Bible, but between scientists and preachers. Scientific theories often clash with Biblical truth, and Biblical interpretations often contradict scientific truth, but scientific truth and Biblical truth are always in compete harmony, because Truth is Harmonious.


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