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The SEARCH for TRUTH

In our world, everyone is searching for something. Some people must search for their most basic needs in life, which are food and/or shelter, safety and/or security. Once these most basic of needs are met we go on to search for the things with which to improve our lives such as companionship, friendship, and love which brings joy and happiness into our lives. At one time these most basic needs of life were very difficult for everyone to acquire, and unhappily, in some parts of the world, people still have a daily struggle to find them. Nonetheless, in the modern world today the greatest percentage of the world's population has no need to search for these most basic of necessities. When our time is no longer consumed with filling our basic needs, we are free to search for those things that improve our lives.

People who have already obtained their most basic needs in life, when asked if they could have one wish fulfilled that would better their lives what would they wish for, all gave different answers. Stop and think for a moment. If you could have anything you want, anything at all, just simply given to you what would you wish for?

Many people wished for money, others for knowledge, still others for love and happiness, some for good health, and some for truth. Whatever you decided you would wish for, that one thing that you wish you could have, is what you are currently searching for in life.

If you are searching for Truth, Love, Hope, and Happiness, or the answers to questions regarding Faith, Life after Death, Good and Evil, the Church, the Bible, and the Purpose of Life, you have most definitely come to the right place. On this website you will find sincere and honest answers to all of these questions and more. This particular article was written to aid you with the search for truth, however, we have many articles to help you find answers to those other questions. If you do not see an article that fills your specific need, please send an email to anyone of us at the email addresses in the menu bar above and we will be most happy to help you however we can.

Finding the Truth
Now everyone declares that they desire to know the truth, but not everyone is willing to make an effort to find it. Finding the truth concerning hard questions definitely involves effort. Many claim to know the truth and freely share it with others, but how can we be certain that what they claim is the truth actually is the truth? If we just blindly accept what we are told how can we be sure it is right? This is where the effort on our part comes in. With diligent and thorough effort we must investigate what is claimed to be true. It is only with the work of testing that which is declared as truth that we can truly come to learn if it is truth for ourselves. In searching for the truth we will be confronted with investigating popular beliefs that we ourselves have possibly held as true all of our lives. Testing what we already hold and believe as truth is not easy, it is difficult and it is certainly not comfortable, as what we must test has most likely been imparted to us by the people we trust most in our lives. What we have come to believe and hold as truth has for the majority been obtained through what has been conveyed to us by our parents, our husband or wife, our friends, our school teachers, our religious leaders, and through social media such as television, radio, books and magazines, and the internet. The more trust and faith we have in the source the more likely we are to blindly accept what they tell us is true. However, finding out if what we believe is the truth, and what others claim is the truth, requires us to make the effort to test it, even when we are not comfortable doing so. It is only with thorough investigation that can we develop complete confidence in what we hold and believe to be truth.

Searching for the truth is a journey, it is not a destination, and as with all journeys some effort is required. First of all, on any journey, we must plan our destination, for without a destination how would we ever know when we arrived. Also as with any physical journey, we can not have more than one destination. Now, on our journey we can certainly have stopping points along the way, nevertheless, just as with a physical journey we must have one clear and concise destination in mind.

For example, when searching for truth we must decide what specific question are we looking to answer. The more precise the question, the quicker we find the destination. To put this in perspective, think about how a GPS device works. GPS (Global Positioning System) devices are designed to aid us in traveling from one position to another by determining our current location via satellite, and then using the destination information entered by the user. To arrive at a specific destination the user must enter a specific address of the desired location. GPS units can provide directions to within several feet of the location provided, but only if the exact destination is given. If all that is entered for a destination is a zip code, the GPS will get you to the city but not the specific address where you wish to arrive. So we see that the more precise the destination we have, the more accurate our destination will be. This is also true when searching for the truth.

This can truly be a daunting challenge for many people as they do not even know for what they are searching. Many people know or feel that there is something missing in their lives but do not know what it is. If you are one of these people who feel that something is missing in your life but do not know what it is, we truly encourage you to continue reading this article, as it is very possible that you are simply looking for the truth and do not even realize it. No doubt you have heard the phrase "The truth will set you free." It may be the truth you seek to fill that missing part of your life, so please read on and begin your journey for the search for truth.

As you search for truth, I must encourage you to think. That may sound silly, but believe it or not, the majority of people do not think for themselves. Most people simply listen to sources they feel they can trust, and then blindly choose to believe what those sources have told them. That is exactly why propaganda or misinformation works so efficiently. The famous Greek philosopher, Socrates, always encouraged his young followers to think for themselves, and he was accused of corrupting the youth for his effort. The reason why is actually very clear. When you truly think for yourself, you may arrive at answers that deviate from what society around you accepts to be true. When you challenge what the general population believes, those people may soon grow disappointed with you, become angry with you for going against the grain or rocking the boat, and say that you have become rebellious (for challenging the accepted truth). This is a regrettable, albeit very common consequence of learning the truth.

Truth is a most precious thing
Besides thinking for yourself, you must also always remember that People lie. Everyone lies or has lied at one time in their life, and anyone who boasts that they have never told a lie is in fact a liar! People lie for different reasons. Many tell what they call white lies, a little lie told to save someone's feelings from being hurt, like if a friend was to ask if an item of clothing makes them look fat, most people would answer no even if they truly believed it did just to spare the friends feelings. People who lie always believe they are justified in lying, otherwise lying would simply be too hard a thing to do. All people, with the exception of pathological liars, see lying as part of what they must do in order to accomplish some worthy purpose.

People in power lie BIG! There is an old and unhappy truth which asks the question, how do you know if a politician is lying? The answer, because their lips are moving. Lying has become so commonplace that it has become expected to be done by people in positions of power. This sounds harsh, but it is factual. Most people, with rather limited ambitions, are only comfortable with telling small lies, but those who have the most sweeping and wonderful intentions have learned to use the Big Lie. The biggest lies today are all committed for the most noble of purposes and are made in the name of: "religion," "freedom," "national security," etc. In a popular movie the question was asked; "Which is worse, a lie that brings a smile, or the truth which brings a tear?" The truth is lies, big or small, including the white lie that might have been told to shield us from being hurt, actually do nothing to protect us, but rather they destroy us at our very core, leaving nothing worth protecting.

I have become very concerned about the times in which we are living because people are much more willing to listen to lies than to endeavor to learn the truth. As we have already stated searching for truth requires work and it is way easier to just go along with the flow and believe what you are told. However, even when one does go along with the flow there still exists inside each and every one of us a deep yearning for truth, a kind of nagging feeling, that there is something missing or more to life. This is the spiritual desire for truth that we all have been "hardwired" or born with. It resides within us all and is the reason why so many people feel that there is something missing from their lives.

We must all make choices in life. Either we choose to pay attention to this deep desire for truth and act, or we choose to ignore it and do nothing. If we do nothing that nagging feeling that something is missing remains. It is only when we search for truth and find it that we are truly set free.

So can there be any hope for truth in a world where people are more concerned with going with the flow to fit in than to search for truth, where thinking for ones self is generally considered rebellious and subversive, and were all people in positions of power are expected to lie big and boldly? The world as a whole does not care to learn the truth, so there exists no hope for the world as a whole. However, hope for the individual certainly does exist. When we learn, accept, and believe in the truth we separate or come out of the world, but we must labor to do this.

Truth involves not only a search but also a struggle
We sincerely hope that you will not be seduced by lies and simply go along with the flow, for that is truly laziness. Instead we encourage you to engage yourself in the journey for truth. It is never easy to go against popular opinion and remove ourselves from the world by disagreeing with what they believe. It requires effort as we have seen and oftentimes it includes loss as well, and it is that loss that most people struggle with. Oftentimes the people in our lives will not accept that we no longer believe what they hold to be true and this causes a division which leads to separation. This will cause a feeling of loss. However, the blessings we receive from learning the truth outweigh many times over anything we could ever lose in this world and you will perceive this fact the more truth you learn. So let us get on with learning the truth.

Defining truth
The very first question which must be asked when seeking for truth is: "What is truth?" Let us begin by declaring that Truth is the information whose definition corresponds with "fact" in the "real" world.

Simply put, that which you perceive to be true (not including fiction) is factual. Let us examine the facts which exist relating to truth.

    1. Truth Exists
    It is self-defeating to deny the existence of truth. If someone claims that "Truth does not exist," then we can counter by asking if that claim is True or False. If the claim is False, then Truth exists, and if the claim is True, again Truth exists.

    2. Truth is Unchangeable
    It is impossible for truth to change. What is true today always has been and always will be true in the future. All true propositions are indisputable truths. Pragmatic views of truth that imply "what is true today may be false tomorrow" are invalid. If truth changes, then pragmatism will be untrue tomorrow, if indeed it could ever be true.

    3. Truth is Eternal
    By extension of its Unchangeable nature, Truth must be Eternal. Even if every created thing ceases to exist, Truth will continue to exist. But suppose someone asks, "What if truth itself should someday perish?" Then the truth that "Truth has perished" would still exist eternally. Any denial of the eternity of truth turns out to be an affirmation of its eternity.

    4. Truth is Spiritual
    If something Exists and is Unchangeable and Eternal it must by definition then be Spiritual. All material objects which exist will change with time and thus are not eternal, so truth can not be material. Materialists believe that all thinking and reasoning is merely the result of the random motion of particles in the brain. But one set of relative physical motions is not more true than another set. Therefore if there is no mind there can be no truth, and if there is no truth materialism cannot be true.

Let us stop here for a moment and compare these facts with how Webster's dictionary defines Truth;

    Truth noun \ˈtrüth\ plural truths

    1 a: archaic: fidelity, constancy

    b: sincerity in action, character, and utterance

    2 a: (1): the state of being the case : fact (2): the body of real things, events, and facts : actuality (3)often capitalized: a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality

    b: a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true <truths of thermodynamics>

    c: the body of true statements and propositions

    3 a: the property (as of a statement) of being in accord with fact or reality

    b: chiefly British: true 2

    c: fidelity to an original or to a standard

    4 Capitalized Christian Science: GOD

Webster's dictionary states that Truth equals: fidelity, constancy, sincerity in action, sincerity in character, and sincerity in utterance, fact, actual, a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality, GOD.

So to paraphrase how Webster's dictionary has defined truth, we can state that: Truth is Reliable, Constant, Sincere, Factual, Actual, Spiritual, and is almighty God (Eloah).

At this point, we need to stop and discuss the word ?God.?

    1) Webster?s New Collegiate Dictionary says that the origin of the word ?God? comes from the Germanic word ?gad?.

    2) The Babylonian Talmud, describes the word "God" to mean "fortune" or "luck," and states that the word is of pagan origin, as in "Those that arrange a table to gad" (Isaiah 65:11). - Babylonian Talmud Shabbat 67b.

We firmly believe that when referring to our Almighty Creator it is not correct to use the word "God," but rather we prefer to use the Ibriy (Hebrew) word Eloah which means Mighty One. The Ibriy word Eloah is singular and refers to the most high or the almighty mighty one. The Ibriy used the Almighty Creators name, which appears almost 7,000 times in scripture, as YHWH, (Yahuwah) pronounced as "Yah-hoo-wah." As well, the Ibriy had yet another word they would use when describing other deities, and that word is Elohiym which means Mighty Ones (Plural). We shall discuss the word Elohiym in further detail a little later in this article.

Please note: For the remainder of this article, we shall not use the word "God", but rather will use the words: deity, Eloah, or Yahuwah, unless we are directly quoting another source, which then that source will be given.

To learn more on the pagan word "God" and Yahuwah please see our following article titled The Fathers Name.

    5. Truth equals Yahuwah
    We have reasoned on four facts about Truth, 1) that it exists, 2) is unchangeable, 3) is eternal, and 4) it is spiritual. In all the universe only Yahuwah possesses all four attributes. If we were to substitute our Eloah's name "Yahuwah" for the word "Truth" in the list of facts about truth, we observe that:

      Yahuwah Exists, Yahuwah is Unchangeable, Yahuwah is Eternal, and Yahuwah is Spiritual

    And by substituting the word "Yahuwah" for the word "Truth" in Webster's definition of truth, we see:

      Yahuwah is Reliable, Yahuwah is Constant, Yahuwah is Sincere, Yahuwah is Factual, Yahuwah is Actual, and Yahuwah is Spiritual

Does scripture substantiate these facts to be valid and accurate regarding our Eloah? Does scripture actually state that Yahuwah is True, Reliable, Constant, Unchangeable, Sincere, Factual, Spiritual, and Eternal? Let us now turn to scripture to investigate. To do this, we turn to the Restored Names Version of Scripture (RNV). We strongly prefer and highly recommend the RNV as it uses the proper Ibriy (Hebrew) names for people and places, giving them the due respect they deserve. If you would like to download a FREE COPY of the RNV you may do so from this web page, Consider This.

We highly encourage you: DO NOT TAKE OUR WORDS AS FACT, but to search the scripture verses for yourself to prove them.

    Psa 25:10 All the paths of Yahuwah are kindness and truth to those that keep His covenant and His testimonies.

    Tit 1:2 in hope of everlasting life that Yahuwah, who cannot lie, promised before time began,

    Psa 31:5 Into Your hand I commit my spirit. You have rescued me, Yahuwah, El of truth.

    Psa 33:4 For the word of Yahuwah is right and all His work is done in truth.

    Isa 65:16 and he who blesses himself in the earth will bless himself in the Eloah of truth and he who swears in the earth will swear by the Eloah of truth because the former troubles are forgotten and because they are hidden from My eyes.

    Joh 3:33 He who has received His testimony has set a seal that Yahuwah is true.

    Joh 17:17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

    1Jn 5:20 Moreover we know because the Son of Yahuwah is come and has given us an understanding that we may know Him that is true and we are in Him that is true, in His Son Yahushua (Jesus) the Anointed. This is the true Eloah and eternal life.

    Deu 7:9 And know that Yahuwah your Eloah, He is the Elohiym, the faithful El who keeps covenant and kindness for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments

    2Th 3:3 But the Master is faithful who will establish you and guard you from the wicked.

    1Co 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to a human. But Yahuwah is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

    Mal 3:6 "For I am Yahuwah. I do not change and you are not consumed, sons of Ya'aqob.

    Psa 100:5 for Yahuwah is good! His kindness is everlasting and His truth endures generation and generation.

    Isa 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting Eloah, Yahuwah, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.

    Psa 102:12 And You, Yahuwah, will endure forever and the remembrance of Your name generation and generation.

    Psa 145:13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and Your dominion is for all generations.

    1Ch 16:34 Give thanks to Yahuwah, for He is good! For His kindness is forever!

    Joh 4:24 Yahuwah is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

We have just demonstrated in the preceding verses that our Eloah Yahuwah is indeed: True, Reliable, Constant, Unchangeable, Sincere, Factual, Spiritual, and Eternal.

Since all of these facts (attributes) apply equally to Truth and Yahuwah alike, and only to Truth and Yahuwah alike, we can conclude that Truth and Yahuwah are indistinguishable. Unlike any other of Yahuwah's divine attributes, Truth and Yahuwah are exchangeable: that is to say that Truth equals Yahuwah and Yahuwah equals Truth.

Therefore, we can accurately declare with absolute certainty and total conviction that:

If Truth and Yahuwah are equal, then the statement "Coming to Know the Truth," is completely exchangeable with the statement, "Coming to Know Yahuwah." Therefore: Knowledge of the Truth equals and is Knowledge of Yahuwah.

Thus we have now correctly defined what truth is. Truth is Knowledge of Yahuwah!

A popular Quote on Truth
Have you ever heard the following quote: The truth will set you free.

Chances are you have heard that quote at least once before, perhaps even many times already, however, did you know that it is taken from scripture, and that it is taken out of context?

Of equal importance is the fact that those six words are only part of the scripture verse. The verse in its entirety is found in the book of Yahuchanan (John), chapter eight. We read in Yahuchanan 8:32, "and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." So there we have the full verse as most people quote it.

But, (that's a big but), did you discern that the verse started with the word and? This is most significant as it reveals the verse is actually a continuation from the preceding verse. So if we are to fully comprehend the whole account, we must read it in its entirety.

    Yahuchanan 8:31-32 Then Yahushua said to those Yahudiym who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed, and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free."

Now we have just learned who made the statement and to whom he was speaking with at the time. It was Yahushua that spoke those words to the people around Him who believed what he was saying.

To completely understand what Yahushua was saying we must put what He said into full context, that is, we must look at his whole statement and not just a fraction of it.

He said "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed, and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free."

Notice there are several parts to the statement Yahushua made.

First, He said "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed." These are the words which are almost always left out when people state the quote "The truth will set you free."

Although it is this part of what Yahushua was saying that is most significant if we are to fully understand because Yahushua was making a conditional statement. A conditional statement describes a cause and effect condition. In other words, it describes what will or won't happen as a result of what was or was not done. So IF this happens THEN that happens.

So now we know that there was a condition that must be met in order for the second part of His statement to happen.

Yahushua said that "they (we) would be His disciples if they (we) abide in His word." What did Yahushua mean? Well the English word "abide" used here was translated from the Greek word "men'-o" which is a primary verb meaning to stay in a given place, state, relation or expectancy: [abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain].

What Yahushua was saying that if they (we) stay in His word, they (we) would be His disciples. What did He mean by His word? The people who Yahushua was speaking to knew that He was speaking regarding scripture, His father Yahuwah's Word.

So when we take the whole statement in context we learn what Yahushua was truly saying: IF they (we) do what scripture tells us, THEN we will know the truth, AND the truth will make us free. Now at this point some of the people there raised a question which we read in Yahuchanan 8:33 They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, 'You will be made free?'" The people did not understand what Yahushua was saying, so He went on to clarify:

    Yahuchanan 8:34-36 Yahushua answered them, "Amein! Amein! I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed."

Yahushua clearly tells them that "whoever commits sin is a slave of sin" and "if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed."

Now we have full understanding of this misquotation.

Yahushua was saying that if we do what scripture tells us, then we will know the truth and be set free. By knowing, believing, and acting on the truth we do what is required of us to be set free from sin!

We have learned that truth is Unchangeable and Eternal, the Present truth is the same as the Past truth, the truth is the truth, it remains the same. So the truth that Yahushua was telling those people around Him all those years ago, we can rest assured still applies to us today.

Unhappily, not everyone who learns the truth, that which you have just learned, will either not believe it, or if they do believe it, they will choose not act on it. This truly saddens me, but does not surprise me as scripture reveals that would be the case.

What STOPS Us from BELIEVING and OBEYING TRUTH?
Scripture firmly establishes that there are forces constantly working to deceive those who seek the truth. We learn from the book of Revelation, in chapter 12 verse 9, "And the great dragon was thrown out, that old serpent called the Diablos and Satan, that deceives the whole world." It is crucial to recognize that the verse asserts SATAN DECEIVES THE WHOLE WORLD.

This literally means that what the world as a whole believes is WRONG. They have been deceived! As well, in His parable of the Sower and the seed, our Savior Yahushua the Anointed (Jesus Christ) revealed to His apostles that Satan works to take away the truth from those who have heard it: "Moreover these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts." Markos (Mark) 4:15

How can our loving Eloah allow this to happen you might wonder? Well scripture reveals this to us too, and we find the answer in 2 Thessalonikeos (Thessalonians): 2Th 2:10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish because they did not receive the loving affection of the truth that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason Yahuwah will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie, Scripture plainly states that we must cultivate a loving affection of the truth in order for us to be saved, otherwise Yahuwah allows us to believe in the lies and we will surely perish.

Yahuchanan provides insight as to why we should not trust in man:

We read in Yahuchanan 5:44, "How can you believe, who receive splendor from one another, and do not seek the splendor that comes from the only Eloah?"

Or in other words, "How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from Yahuwah?"

    Yahuchanan 12:43 "for they loved unconditionally the praise of men more than the praise of Yahuwah."

    Yahuchanan 5:41 "I do not receive splendor from men."

STOP looking to any man or woman for spiritual advice - Go to Yahuwah, and Yahuwah ALONE.

Ask Yahuwah for the answers!
Many Christians today freely confess that they find the study of scripture to be weary work, and even more find it so who are too ashamed to make that confession. However, if we are to cultivate a loving affection of the truth in order to be saved, it is what we absolutely must do!

In YirmeYahuw (Jeremiah) 33:3 Yahuwah promises: "Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you do not know."

How are we shown these things that we do not know? By turning to Yahuwah's Word for the answers.

    Act 17:11 "Moreover these were more noble than those in Thessalonikea in that they received the word with all eagerness and searched the scriptures throughout the day whether those things were so."

By searching scripture we find the answers to our questions. If we wish to know the truth it is the only source to turn to! Through daily reading of His word, we come to appreciate Yahuwah, and a clear picture is formed of who He is and what He wants for us.

I earnestly hope that in reading this article I have set you on the journey for truth, and that you will choose to learn more about our Eloah Yahuwah. You will be totally blessed for doing so!

Craig Timmreck
Craig@considerthis.net
http://www.considerthis.net