Maybe We Are Both Right

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    Two men had an argument and to settle the matter they went before a judge. The first man made his case. He was very eloquent and persuasive in his reasoning and his presentation was flawless. When he finished speaking the judge said, “That’s right, that’s right.”

    When the second man heard this, he jumped up and said, “Hold on a second judge, you haven't even given me a chance to state my side of the case.” So the judge allowed the second man to present his case. He too was very persuasive and eloquent in his presentation. When he finished the judge said, “That’s right, that’s right.”

    When the court clerk heard this, he jumped up and said, “Judge, they can’t both be right.” The judge just looked at the court clerk and said, “That’s right, that’s right.”

    People love to be right. There is almost nothing more that people like than to be right. However if I had to pick out one thing that people like more than being right it would be winning an argument. Most people when in an argument refuse to change their view even when they have been proven wrong many times over. There are many ways that people hang on to their false stance. Some decide that the truth doesn’t apply to them. For one reason or another they are different from the standard and the plain and simple truth does not apply to them in their mind, so they can hold on to their false beliefs. Many will take truth, statistics, or facts and twist and contort them to fit and support their own false beliefs. In doing this, some will take verses of the Bible out of context in trying to support and comfort their false beliefs. Yet others will decide in their mind that there is more than one truth. They decide that there is a truth for me and a truth for you and a truth for everyone and even though our truths might be different, we are both somehow right. However, like the court clerk said, reality demands that two opposite ideas cannot both be truth. Either one idea is true, or the opposing idea is truth, or neither is truth.

    What if we loved finding truth more than we liked being right and winning arguments? What if truth were our passion instead of our pride. What if we humbled ourselves enough to look objectively at truth and compare it to our lives? What if we were willing to uproot and change any false belief that we found in our lives simply because we found the truth on the matter? Why is it easier to believe a lie we have heard a thousand times than to believe the truth we have only heard once? If everyone in the world loved truth and were seeking truth, then the word of God would be held in high esteem and we would change our lives to live by His word instead of trying to change His word to match our lives. Romans 1:25 says, "Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen."

    It is the truth that sets us free. John 8:32 says, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." It is the truth that reveals our true nature. It is the truth that shows our character, changes we need to make, and where we are wrong. James 1:22-25 says, "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." It is the truth that can uproot deep seeded false beliefs that we have long held as truth. It is truth that will lead us to Heaven. Yet in order for truth to be of any benefit to us, we must be willing to lay aside our pride and our desire to win arguments. We must be more concerned about finding truth than proving we are right. We must quit rationalizing away evidence that proves we are wrong and we must seek truth with a passion.

    Truth does exist and truth can be found. The only reason truth appears to be hidden is because we at times blind our mind to the truth so that we can hang on to our false ideas. 2 Corinthians 3:14 says, "But their minds were blinded..." Let us seek truth. Let us seek God. Let us find Him. Acts 17:27 says, “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us.”