Why did Jesus and His apostles constantly raise up Truth? And not just “truth” as a situational or religious maxim, but singularly-fixed Truth, above and against the specter of untruth, which is displayed specifically in man’s vaunted wisdom, imaginary stories, and the subtle hiss of the Adversary. Why did they emphasize over and over again the grand themes of Christ as Truth, the Gospel as Truth, and their eyewitness testimonies as Truth, and not as an inventive moral tale?
The answer from Scripture is clear and uncompromising. Their only weapon against lies, fables, and half-truths was the pure and unvarnished Truth of God.read more
For those Christians who insist on analyzing, promoting and celebrating the mythopoetic works of J. R. R. Tolkien as a rich tapestry of Christian allegory and symbolism that powerfully informs their faith, the sobering facts concerning the world’s divergent perception and usage of Tolkien’s literary mythology need to be seriously considered. The sad truth is, that Tolkien, despite his personal Catholic sensibilities, allowed his deep love of pagan Norse mythology and his passionate desire to create a similar mythology for the people of Britain to blind him to the fatal spiritual consequences of his creative endeavors and the flawed philosophy behind them. This point is not to bring into question the salvation of Tolkien or of his devoted Christian followers, but simply to suggest that in his creative Christian practice, Tolkien, figuratively speaking, “dropped the ball” and brought aid and comfort to the opposition of our faith…read more
You’ve probably heard of the famous “Invisible Gorilla” study, conducted by Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris several years ago. It was a work that won the Ig Nobel Prize for Psychology in 2004. In the study, Simons and Chabris asked volunteers to watch a one-minute long video of two teams (one group in white shirts; one in black shirts) passing around a basketball. The volunteers were specifically tasked with keeping count of how many times the ball is passed by a member of the white-shirted team. Halfway through the video, a person wearing a full-body gorilla suit walks through the scene, pounds the chest, then leaves. After watching the video, the volunteers were asked to give their official counts, but were also asked if they saw anything else in the video. Amazingly, only around 50% of the volunteers saw the gorilla.
The experiment clearly demonstrated what is known as “Inattentional Blindness,” a common mental phenomenon defined by a lack of expectation for an unattended stimulus…read more
We Americans find ourselves, slowly but surely, drawn farther and farther away from truth and reality. God’s revelation and His creation have been left in the dust of this current stampede towards the mirages of imagination and idolatry, a circumstance that Paul so perfectly articulated in Romans 1:18-25. Indeed the rising generation, fed with the milk of self-esteem and human potential, have become more enthralled with the things of fancy. The immense popularity of fantasy literature, movies, and video gaming belies this fact. The current American generation loves their fantasy: wizards, vampires, hobbits, Jedis, and Marvel superheroes are their role models and sometimes even their new religion.
God’s truth and stark reality are now old hat. These days, reality needs to be augmented by our creativity or replaced altogether by a VR world of our own making…read more