Makes Sense

When truth becomes inconvenient or relative, it loses its power. We live in a day when too many claim to believe truth as they see it. Paul’s words to Timothy seem particularly relevant today: “You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good” (2 Timothy 3:1-3). Sounds like Paul was reading today’s headlines.

Where do we turn for truth? There are plenty of voices being raised, mostly strident. Have you noticed that those shouting the loudest for tolerance are most intolerant of anyone who disagrees with them? Humans will never abide in the truth apart from dependence on the source of truth. Jesus said in John 8: “You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (v. 32). What did He mean? Pilate challenged Jesus when He responded to the Roman governor’s questions. Jesus said, “I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” Pilate’s cynical reply echoes the emptiness of life lived futilely: “What is truth?” (John 18:37).

Can we trust the Bible? Can we believe it is true? People like atheist Richard Dawkins don’t think so: “The virgin birth, the Resurrection, the raising of Lazarus, even the Old Testament miracles, all are freely used as religious propaganda, and they are very effective with an audience of unsophisticates and children.”

The Bible tells us about God, the God who makes sense of the universe’s origin, of the universe’s complexity, of objective moral values, and of the Resurrection. The Bible has been dismissed by the skeptics, the debunkers. Reading the Bible raises plenty of questions, but it also provides many answers to what matters most. It reveals the answer to the darkness, the ravages of sin, and the fate of evil through the words and deeds of the One who said of Himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me” (John 14:6).

The truth is not just a set of facts or a code of behavior. It is best discovered in a relationship with the Living Lord. Peter was right when he told Jesus, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life” (John 6:68). Makes sense to me. How about you?

 

 

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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