The TruthDoes it matter any more?
We have entered the era of ‘post truth politics’ a world of disinformation.
Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
To get to the truth one has to go on a path, a route, a way to find it.
That is why Jesus put the ‘way’ first.
We are supposed to search out the truth not just accept what people tell us is the truth
-that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.
noun: the truth
We need to know what direction to take to get there
The speed at which one can access what might be the truth has become almost instantaneous.
Whereas in the past, journalists would spend often a great deal of time going to the root to establish the story behind an event, they can now just copy data and information off websites.
Social media postings including Facebook Twitter Pinterest and Google search algorithms provide a plethora of ‘news’.
The challenge is how true is the truth or fact.
Below is a very good long article showing how irresponsible journalists are now. The first topic is the libellous accusations of the recent Prime Ministers sexual behaviour founded in no truth at all.
What happens when there is a false truth spoken? What defence does one have?
Law of Libel
a published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation; a written defamation.
“he was found guilty of a libel on a Liverpool inspector of taxes”
defamation, defamation of character, character assassination, calumny, misrepresentation, scandalmongering;
In law for a libel or slander (spoken) Case of defamation to fail, it is necessary for the defendant to show that the imputation conveyed by the statement complained of is substantially true.
If one or more of the imputations is not shown to be substantially true, the defence under this section does not fail if, having regard to the imputations which are shown to be substantially true, the imputations which are not shown to be substantially true do not seriously harm the claimant’s reputation.
The world has become a place where anyone can be enabled as a ‘subject matter expert’ when they are not remotely so.
The hilarity of the matter is that the real experts are not listened to because they are boring.
The recent example Brexit is only one, of truth distortion. There have been many others.
There will be many more. So BEWARE Or be aware!
Up to and after the Referendum on Britain leaving the EU, Top constitutional lawyers, economists, statisticians, historians, and recognised business leaders warned of the issues and unknown factors and consequences of leaving the European Union..
Both sides were accused of scaremongering.
False but stunningly provocative data was used on a massive scale by the Brexit campaigners and picked up by the press without very little due diligence.
The rather dull heavily researched data by the Remain Government mandarins months before that flagged all the complexities, did not even surface to the public eye for mastication.
People just heard what they wanted to hear and discard the rest since it did not fit in with the issues they wanted to use as reasons to stay or leave.
The only truth I know, like Thomas is what Jesus said
I am the only way truth and light.
To get to my Father who by the way is the Creator of the Universe and the Heavens where eternal life exists, you need to come through me because I am the only Door. There are no others.
All other truths need to be taken with a pinch of salt which He gave us to be right flavouring and consistency.
We are supposed to be the salt, that brings taste and preservation of the Light And Truth
We with our redeemed souls are supposed to be incorruptible like salt preserves food for great lengths of time.
Believers Are Salt and Light
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
We need to be the Truth that directs towards Him
Our task is to be the way to Him and ensure He is not defamed. We need to speak Him and write Him from the rooftops. If He is libelled or slandered they will lose because He is the Truth.