December 19: Truth, John 16:12-15

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”

In ages past, if one wished to discuss ‘Truth’ there was little dispute. Everyone knew where the other stood. We may have disagreed as to whether ‘Truth’ was positive or negative, but Truth itself was almost tangibly present as something that stood independent of all else. Today, Truth seems to be a fluctuating, incorporeal notion. We have navigated our way through postmodernism, where ‘Truth’ was relativised or dismissed, and have now found ourselves in a post postmodern society, or metamodernistic world, where Truth with a capital ’T’ no longer exists. Instead, we have shifting sands where truths of many different colours and stripes exist alongside each other, irrespective of whether they seem contradictory or ridiculous. We have the power to formulate truths at the tap of a finger, the tweet of a thought, the shift of a thumb.

The world tells us to be our own ‘truth’. How different to the Truth that came from heaven; took on the form of a man and dwelt with us. In an age where we are encouraged to shout out our own ‘truths’ and stand for our own rights, we come to Advent when we are reminded to dwell on the One Truth; the Truth that is celebrated and proclaimed by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit who is also God, but who is willing to be the messenger; the messenger of the Father; the messenger of the Son. In the Triune God we can finally find where three, seemingly incongruous Truths are able to stand alongside each other. Three yet one. Submissive to each other, yet equal to each other.

Are multiple truths possible within one Truth? Yes. We live under the grace that comes from this reality. We don’t need to listen to the shouts, the tweets, the notifications that pop up all around us. At this time of Advent, we need listen only to the prompting of the One true God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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