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Truth Quest - An Orderly Approach
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1. Facts

  1. Knowledge or information based on real occurrences.
  2. Something demonstrated to exist or known to have existed.
  3. A real occurrence; an event.

2. Faith (trust)

  1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
  2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.

3. Feelings

  1. An emotional state or disposition; an emotion.
  2. Susceptibility to emotional response; sensibilities.

I think it is always funny when some news reporter is covering some sort of religious celebration which is upholding something that is not based on fact. Then the reporter with a roll of the eyes says: "Whether or not this is true, it all boils down to a matter of faith", basically acknowledging the general thought that "faith trumps truth."
It is critical to establish a belief only in the above order, because a person's faith can be in the wrong thing or person. Here's a couple of examples: Jim Jones, Heaven's Gate. Feelings can certainly be misleading; the followers in Jim Jones "felt" he was right even when he commanded them to drink the Kool-Aid.

Once a house is built on a poor foundation, it is very difficult to go back and repair a poorly made foundation.


In the analogy of a house:

  • Facts = The Foundation
  • Faith = The Frame
  • Feelings = The Roof

The roof or the frame cannot do the job of the foundation; only the foundation can provide the necessary stability for the rest of the house. The foundation must be properly constructed with quality materials on solid ground, or eventually, the whole house will fall.

If you are concerned for the wellbeing of your eternal destiny, shouldn't you be careful in what or who you put your trust in?

Jesus used this same sort of analogy regarding His words of instruction in Matthew 7:24-28

Disclaimer:You might feel at some point that I am trying to talk you into something. Well, that approach is really fruitless, because, if I talk you into something, someone can come along and talk you out of it. However, if you are convinced by the evidence, your conclusions are your own and impervious to mere talk.

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So now what?

You have two doors set before you and your eternity hangs in the balance.

Choose Wisely!

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