The Truth, And Only The Truth, So Help Me God
In the course of my lifetime, I have become involved to a smaller or larger degree with at least a dozen different groups, churches or organizations.
I become involved…for a time…and then become uninvolved.
And the reason?
After a short time, the group or organization becomes so involved in ITSELF, that it loses track of its MESSAGE. And even those who do stick to the MESSAGE, get caught up thinking that their MESSAGE is “The Truth”. Thus all other GROUPS and MESSAGES are WRONG.
Even the most elementary application of LOGIC will point to the conclusion that a small “chosen few” could not, and HAVE not single handedly arrived at the COMPLETE TRUTH…and that “THE TRUTH” is no more finite than TIME or SPACE. Even the examination of “The Truth” changes “The Truth”.
Each group or organization also seems to insist that IT’S MESSAGE is the most important and most urgent, and that you have no right to disagree. “In time,” they will continue, “you will come to see that our message is the most correct and that our agenda is the most important.”
Now I’m not just talking about churches or religions, I’m talking about the nature of HUMAN BEINGS when they form GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS.
Clearly, everyone knows that we must save the whales from the hunters, poachers and Indians. Right?
MUST We protect the rights of ALL HUMANS to KILL the whales and have dominion over the earth?
ON THE OTHER HAND…
We must INSIST on GAY RIGHTS…RIGHT? We must put a stop to narrow-minded HETEROSEXUALS and RIGHT WING CONSERVATIVES today!!!
or is it?…
We must put a stop to the flag waving, card carrying, grade school infesting HOMOSEXUALS?
YET OTHERS INSIST….
You will go to hell if you are not “Dunked” ….or is it “Sprinkled”.
God is within….
God is far away and apart from us….
SOME SAY…It’s both…
There is no GOD.
Yet others say…GOD ONLY EXISTS IF YOU BELIEVE IN HIM/HER.
Some Say …SPANKING IS GOOD…others…it is CHILD ABUSE.
Public Schools are bad…Home Schooling is Bad.
Buddha? Jesus? Mohammed? Khrishna? …or “The Force Be With You”?
Vitamins? Preservatives? Processed or Whole Grain? Rare or Well Done?
Gas or Electric?
Paper or Plastic?
Iraq? Korea? Indonesia?
Is ELVIS really dead? What about Bigfoot or UFOs?
I’m just getting started here….
Do you have the “CORRECT” answer to all of the above questions?
I’m guessing you have a somewhat correct answer to some of them.
Of course, without having the “answer page” myself to grade you, I would have know real way to know.
That is my message today.
We are all operating with the “best available information”.
We are making decisions and expressing opinions based on our own (unfortunately very narrow) perspective.
So when we go out to spead our MESSAGE, to push our AGENDA, and convince the world of our TRUTH, we must keep in mind that we have A VERY GOOD CHANCE OF BEING WRONG.
Sometimes…The world is flat…the moon is made of Swiss cheese…man will never fly…WRONG.
The odds of you personally, or your group or organization, having ALL the correct answers…is a billionfold more UNLIKELY, than you having even ONE correct answer?
That’s because we are human beings…with human brains….
You may have SOME of the right answers…but ALL of them…I think if we had all of them we would just transcend this plane and rise into the heavens as we stand here.
Are you willing to accept that you don’t have all the answers today?
Are you willing to accept that others may have some answers that DIFFER from yours but may be correct?
Actually, could you accept that the odds are in favor of the fact that MOST of what you BELIEVE is at least partially incorrect?
You’d better accept this.
Because it’s the truth!
I am probably wrong.
©2003 Timothy Henry