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Acts of Faith: Why truth can be frightening
By Rod Shearing
I can still remember when I was 21 years old, waiting for the results of my father’s brain scan.
He was 60 years old and we had noticed over the past year that he would pick things up and drop them. Words became more difficult for him to say and were increasingly slurred, not easy for someone who was a preacher.
Things got worse and the doctor booked the scan to be done.
Waiting is never easy because although you want to know the truth, you always want it to be good and positive so we can get it sorted out and carry on.
Unfortunately, the truth was it was a brain tumour and it was cancerous.
We have now come to that time of the year when we celebrate Christ coming into our world so that we could know God.
Not everybody sees it that way,
I say unfortunately because I believe Jesus is the only hope for our world.
Many people have said they do not believe the Bible, and when challenged find, they have never actually read it and don’t understand what it’s about.
In the beginning of Romans, it talks about what happens when we suppress truth, and it’s not a pretty sight, and there are many consequences.
The Bible says that we are without excuse because of what we see around us, because God created it and it, in turn, reveals God to us.
Although we as a family didn’t want to believe what was told us was true, for our own good we had to accept the truth.
You can’t change truth.
Jesus came into this world and that is fact.
Our belief or unbelief does not change the fact of who Jesus is.
Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth and the life.”
Why is the truth so frightening?
Because we have to face up to the facts about our condition before God, and it’s only when we are willing to see our condition that we can do something about it.
As the Bible says, “The truth will set us free.”
–by Rod Shearing, pastor of High Way Church