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Tools for Truthseekers Discerning Truth in a Noisy World Anthony Hertzler Jesus has promised to send us the Spirit of truth (John 16:13), who will teach us God’s truth and help us obey His will. However, the religious world is full of voices offering different versions of “truth” (2 Peter 2:1–3). How can we avoid being led astray by teachers who falsely claim to speak God’s words? First, we need to believe Jesus’ promise that if we seek we will find. We can take that to the bank; if we want the truth and pursue it diligently, we will find it (Luke 11:9–10). Second, we must have honest hearts that seek to obey what we learn. If our purpose in seeking truth is to win arguments, to justify our own lifestyle, or to appear holier than regular Christians, then we are playing games, and our search will fail. Learning without obeying is a sure path to deception. But if we seek truth in order to obey it, we will grow in wisdom (2 Peter 3:14–18). Third, even if we have honest hearts, learning and growing in the truth is not a magical process that happens without our involvement (Proverbs 2:1–5). God has given us many tools to help us discover truth, gain wisdom, and escape deception (2 Peter 1:3–11). In this article, we’ll be looking at some of these God-given tools, and how to use them to find the truth we need to grow in wisdom, obedience, and spiritual maturity. The Scriptures The Scripture (“the Writings”) which we often call the Bible (“the Book”) is the tool of truth most Christians think of If our purpose in seeking truth is to win arguments, to justify our own lifestyle, or to appear holier than regular Christians, then we are playing games, and our search will fail. 22 | Loaves & Fishes • Issue 32


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