Ring in the Truth


I woke up this morning, January 1, 2009, considering truth. What is and isn’t truth, how do we get to the truth, who decides what is true and what isn’t, etc. Then I opened up the electronic card my mom sent me and this was what was written there:

Ring out the old, Ring in the new
Ring out the false, Ring in the true
Ring out sorrow, pain and care
Ring in happiness everywhere.

This really struck a cord with me, especially given where I am at in my life and what I was thinking on this morning. So, Truth, what is truth really? Truth exists regardless of view point or relative opinion; Truth is reality based on actual facts proven by the presentation of evidence.

It seems quite obvious that the Bible uses numbers in patterns. Who can deny that 40 is significant. Jesus was in the desert for 40 days and the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years. Whether or not the analysis of these number patterns are accurate is up for debate. I do however, find it interesting that the first thing on my mind this first day of 2009 was what is true and what isn’t and who decides what is true, or how do people decide what is true. Just for curiosities sake, I took a look to see what many think the number 9 means in the bible. I found that it is considered THE NUMBER OF JUDGMENT. There are 9 greek words derived from the root word meaning judgment = dikay. The following words each occur 9 times in the Bible: abussos (bottomless pit); asebee (ungodly); aselgeia (lasciviousness); and astrapee (lightning). The gifts of the spirit are 9 in number (1 Cor. 12:8-10): the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues, and interpretation of tongues. I also found that some believe it to be the number of the ordained, fullness of God’s plan and others fulfillment and completion. Some believe that it represents Judgment, Finality, End, End of an Age or Era, The Physical Manifestation of the Fruit of the Understanding (good or bad), Tribulation (birthing of the fruit). (As a side note, do you know what 2000 means? In Hebrew it means “dangerous, near to falling.” In Greek it means “wealth, utter destruction.” Just found that interesting. I couldn’t find what 2009 was supposed to mean. Again, I’m not sure how much of this means anything. I guess that can be a truth to seek out at a later date, huh?)

Regardless, it was interesting to me that I was questioning who gets to decide (judge) what is true and how do people decide (judge) what is true. For me, it has always been going back to what God’s Holy Word, the Bible, says, so in essence to me, it would be the ordained, fullness of God’s plan for us. I think of it as a compass which always shows what is true north. But so many people have taken scripture out of context from the Bible and used it to prove their truth. I’m sure I have even done this myself at one time or another. Over time, as that “truth” is repeated over and over, it is just accepted as truth, even though if studied within context, it would be discovered that that truth wasn’t really the whole truth after all.

So in 2009, I want to seek out truth and to begin doing that, I’m going to take a look at some “new truths” I have learned over the past 3 years. And maybe I’ll visit some “old truths” also. The whole point is to figure out what is the real truth and what have I been conditioned to accept as the truth without it being based on actual facts proven by the presentation of evidence. Feel free to comment and provide actual facts and evidence if you want. I don’t want to end up in any debates over one person’s opinion or another, I want cold hard evidence and facts. I may give my opinion because I may not have facts or evidence which is what I am searching for so I am looking for replies that will get down to the real truth of things, which isn’t more opinions, if you know what I mean. And I really don’t want one Bible verse plucked out of context used as a presentation of evidence, when people do that, they can make the Bible say anything they want. One Bible verse CAN be a presentation of evidence, if the context around it supports what is being proved. I’m gong to examine each topic in an individual note so all comments and discussion can remain on one topic instead of bouncing from one to another. I do not intend to offend anybody, although, when someone says that, you can rest assured that they will. Like the saying goes, “Truth hurts sometimes.” Don’t worry about offending me either. If you have facts and evidence to support the truth you are presenting, then bring them on, I want to get to THE truth, not MY truth.

It might be a few days before I post anything, but I thought I’d give a heads up on what I’m thinking of doing. I’m just going to post things randomly as I think of them. Then I’ll post the title of each new topic here so you will know when one comes available however, the actual text for that topic will be posted as a new note. Thanks for participating if you do.

So, let’s
Ring out the old, Ring in the new
Ring out the false, Ring in the true
Ring out sorrow, pain and care
Ring in happiness everywhere.

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