Can You Handle The Truth?

Jack Nicholson as Colonel Nathan R. Jessup
Jack Nicholson as Colonel Nathan R. Jessup

SADD

In a dramatic courtroom scene from the movie A Few Good Men, Jack Nicholson’s character barks: “You can’t handle the truth!”

Delivered with a confrontational snarl, those handful of words capture the essence of humanity’s Spiritual Attention Deficit Disorder (SADD).

You can’t handle the truth! Unfortunately the tragic fact is that the human race can rarely handle the truth about God. We much prefer to ignore him while we pour our lives into the cathedral of Self.

Pride surges up in us and we serve the easily pleased idols of our own making or we wander aimlessly, refusing to acknowledge any transcendental reality.

Eternally Revealed

We exist within a complicated and in many ways unfathomable timepiece that ticks along under the watchful care of the Master Engineer. Our Creator is not on vacation or off on a cloud somewhere twiddling his thumbs in restless boredom.

God is “intimately acquainted with all our ways”; he is perpetually involved in bringing about his purposes to redeem all creation. His liberating power and attributes are eternally revealed in the intricate design of the universe.

From the tiny creatures that creep along the earth, to the complexities and splendor of the Milky Way, God’s hand can be clearly seen. All of nature cries out to illuminate his presence and “the skies proclaim the works of his hands”, yet we manage to actively spurn and disregard him.

Again and again, history proves out what God’s Word illustrates. Scripture emphasizes that our fulfillment and wholeness depends completely on our faith in God. We have a routine way of dismissing the precepts of the ancient texts. Even when we witness the folly of our preferences, we’d just as soon make it on our own or contrive a deity that allows us to indulge our every whim.

Either we cannot handle the truth about God or we do not want to deal with that truth. Both Old and New Testament writers place great stress on why God is trustworthy; on exactly what kind of God he is.

"The heavens declare the glory of God..."
"The heavens declare the glory of God..."

Mystery & Majesty

Throughout the ages, men and women have attempted to define God and paint a portrait of his character. Our Creator has been variously identified as: The Unmoved Mover, Eternal Energy, The Unknown Absolute, First Principle, Life Force, Supreme Intelligence, Life Essence, Cosmic Organism, Almighty, Stream of Tendency, Ground of Being, Sum Total of Accumulated Idealism, Great Spirit - even The Man Upstairs.

In our postmodern haste, we have concluded that a casual approach to God is necessary for our accelerated intelligence. We eliminate the awe and reverence that caused King David to sing about “such knowledge too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain”.

In accordance with the mandates of academia, we have exchanged the supernatural for natural explanations. Doing so, we believe that if we engage in reductionism we can transform the immutable truth about God into some palatable mush, which will sooth our conscience.

There is a mystery and majesty about God, but our perpetual SADD demands he explain himself by stepping out from behind the curtain like the Wizard Of Oz.

Those who penned the Old and New Testament present us with a variety of images of God. But, unlike the tortured mental gymnastics of philosophy, those inspired disclosures leave absolutely no doubt about what they mean.

God Is Love

Upon careful exploration we learn that God is holy, God is just, God is grace, God is our rock and our salvation. Speaking through the prophet Isaiah, God said: “I, even I, am the LORD and apart from me there is no savior.” The Apostle John summed it all up beautifully when he wrote: “God is love.”

In the first words of God's written revelation, we learn that God fashioned the universe out of nothingness. Why? God certainly does not need us since he is entirely self-sufficient and self-sustaining. He chose to create the cosmos because he is love.

God is love, and love cannot be communicated in a vacuum; love can only be made manifest in connection to something or someone. God created the world and creates each distinct individual as an ongoing expression of love.

God's Revelation & Provision

Jesus of Nazareth was the most perfect embodiment of God’s love.  The truth that continually baffles us is that a holy and just God loves us; a holy and just God desires to commune with us.  Our sin separates us from God, but his everlasting love cannot be stymied.  Christ came and died to cleanse us and be the conduit for a personal relationship with our Creator.

The One who walked in the cool of the evening with Adam longs for that same kind of intimacy with each one of us.  Can you handle the truth?

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Gicky Soriano 7 years ago from California

You wrote, "In the first words of his written revelation, we learn that God fashioned the universe out of nothingness." Here's a truth worth pondering: God created "something out of nothing." In Latin creatio ex nihilo means "creation out of nothing." In order for a magician to produce a rabbit, he needs a set of props: a top hat, a wand, and a few magic words. God, in the Genesis account, just said the word and it was so - creation came into being by his spoken word.

The book of Romans speaks of those who by their wickedness suppress the truth in spite of what can be understood and seen through the things that God has made. The manner in which they refuse to handle the truth is telling. "...for though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened" (Rom 1:21). As they exchanged the truth about God for a lie, these inexcusable suppressors of the truth tragically spin in a downward sinful spiral.

As you indicated, "We much prefer to ignore him while we pour our lives into the cathedral of Self. Pride surges up in us and we serve the easily pleased idols of our own making or we wander aimlessly, refusing to acknowledge any transcendental reality." Humankind will continue to walk in the way of the restless wanderer. The wilderness wanderings will cease when they come full circle and bow down before the Creator. Only then will they finally find rest for their lost and weary souls in his way, his truth, and his life (Jn 14:6).

Enjoyed your hub. Your insights helped me to think through the subject of God's revealed truth - the revealed things about God belongs to us (Dt 29:29).


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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thanks, Gicky. I have often said that a lot of stuff is settled for me in those first words of Genesis: "In the beginning God created . . ."


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cindyleedavis 7 years ago from cindyloudavis@hotmail.com

You are right, we need to back to the bible, and read what is written about God, the Father; God the son, and God the Holy Spirit. David sought after God with all his heart, mind,

and soul. That is what we need to do too.


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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

cindyleedavis - Thanks for the words of affirmation. Be blessed & encouraged.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago

Ken R. Abell,

AMEN! Wonderful!

Yes! GOD IS LOVE!

You stated it well when you said " Upon careful exploration we learn that God is Holy, God is just, God is grace, God is our rock and our salvation. Speaking through the prophet Isaiah, God said: “I, even I, am the LORD and apart from me there is no Savior.” The Apostle John summed it all up beautifully when he wrote: “God is love.”

I agree with Gicky Romans says it all! It is important to KNOW what we believe!

Yes, I can handle the TRUTH! Can we get another amen here!

Blessings


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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thanks, DeBorrah. Amen. Blessings to you.


peacenhim 7 years ago

Great Teaching!! You speak the Truth, and it is only found in Him! Many don't want to know the truth or can't handle the truth because deep within themselves they realize that they are sinners in need of a savior, and truthfully they are enjoying their sinful lifestyles. They believe that by accepting Jesus Christ as The Only Way, Truth and Life, that they will be giving up all their earthly bad habits that they've become so accustomed to indulging. They have no idea that God has a better plan for each and every one of us, and if people could really grasp the Scripture that states; "No eye has seen, nor ear has heard, and no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who Love Him" (1 Cor. 2:9); Man would be more apt and willing to trade all their sinful ways in exchange for the Wonderful and Rewarding Life God has in store for them. He's our heavenly Father, and He knows what's best for each and every one of us. But to believe that, it takes Faith. Great Hub!!


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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

peacenhim - Thank you for your good words. You are exactly right. Peace & blessings to you.


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Joy56 6 years ago

hi i have enjoyed reading this hub so much, and have just looked at your book, or should i say description of your book. What religion are you actually?


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Joy56 - Thank you for stopping in & sharing. I'm glad you enjoyed this. I'm Christian, raised & trained in the Brethren in Christ denomination, which I refer to as the best kept secret in North America.


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Trsmd 5 years ago from India

always sticking to the Truth is a nice practice and good way of living..


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Ken R. Abell 5 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Trsmd - Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

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