“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything”.        Mark Twain

Humans have the luxury of a choice when it comes to the truth; that is, the ability to grade the truth or dilute it somewhat to suit the occasion.    And this is just as well, otherwise when the little woman asks about the suitability of this dress for tonight’s function, disaster would strike sure as night follows day if there was no opportunity to temper the answer with a little diplomacy.    My father-in-law would call this “Being economical with the truth”.

I think if he were around today and witnessed the state of Australasian public life he would use his other favorite saying…”They are strangers to the truth”.

While this ability to be a little flexible with the truth may increase one’s life expectancy within marriage, it can become deadly in regard to our Salvation.

The Early Church struggled with various opinions of who Jesus really was.    Some said He was not truly God.  Others He was not truly man.   Still others, that He was only an apparition, a ghost with no substance.  And on and on.    There were at least fourteen of these major heresies and many other lesser ones all diluting the truth about Salvation.

You see if Christ is not truly God AND truly man He could not die in our place and satisfy His righteous Father and our redemption couldn’t happen.

So the Early Church came up with a Statement of Truth now known as the Apostle’s Creed which was formalized in AD 325 and further expanded in AD381.   

Apostle’s Creed:- I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:  Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary:  Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell;   The third day he rose again  from the dead:  He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:   From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:

I believe in the Holy Ghost:  I believe in the holy catholic (universal) church; the communion of saints:  The forgiveness of sins: the resurrection of the body:  And the life everlasting.  Amen.

Sounds very much like a song we sing from time to time.


Recommended Posts