Can You Handle The Truth?
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.
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.
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?
- Wanted Man
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