We spend most of our time here at SD discussing topics related to Sound Money – physical gold and silver.
In this new series, we’re going to delve into a commodity that is more valuable than even gold and silver – Truth…
caveat: This article and this series in general isn’t for everyone. We’re fully aware of that. In fact, it’s not intended for most of our readers.
It’s only intended for those who have a love for truth, and are diligently seeking it. If that doesn’t describe you, you’re going to think our first discussion below is crazy, insane, meaningless babbling. That’s perfectly fine, feel free to check out Jim Willie’s Latest Hat Trick Letter, this week’s Metals and Markets Gold and Silver Discussion with Eric Dubin, or Jim Sinclair’s latest warning on the $1 Quadrillion CDS derivatives bubble.
For those of us who wish to join us in our quest to discover all forms of TRUTH, read on…
You shall know the Truth, and The Truth shall set you free…
TRUTH. What is truth exactly, and why are we wasting time and article space on a topic (seemingly) completely unrelated to finance or gold and silver?
Well frankly, because we’re
interested in it passionate about searching it out and discovering it. We’re simply documenting our thoughts and lessons learned on this journey to discover Truth.
As Neo discovers in The Matrix, once your eyes are opened to Truth, you can’t unsee it. You may have lived your entire life completely oblivious to reality, but once your eyes are opened and the ignorance ends, there’s no going back…
So lets get started. What is Truth?
According to Psalm 119:142, the definition of Truth is our Creator Yahweh’s Law:
Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law is truth.
Psalm 119:160 concurs:
The sum of Your word is Truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.
In John 14:6, Jesus (or Yahshua – literally Yahweh Is Salvation in Hebrew) informs His followers that HE is Truth:
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the Truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
So what do we have here so far? Yahweh’s Law is Truth. Yahweh’s Word is Truth. Jesus (Yahshua) is Truth. So which is it? Is Truth Yahweh’s Law, His Word, or Jesus? Yes.
Let’s dig deeper…
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. The same was in the beginning with Elohim. Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind…. 1:14:
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and Truth.
Now most (ourselves included) have been taught our whole lives that Jesus abolished the law when He died on the tree. We’re now under grace, the law has been done away with, the yoke of bondage has been broken, etc, etc, etc.
However , after removing our confirmation bias, the simple word definition exercise we conducted above demonstrates this cannot possibly be correct.
Yahweh’s Law is Truth. The Word of Yahweh is Truth. The Word became flesh as Jesus. Jesus is THE Truth. Hence Yahweh’s Law = The Word of Yahweh = Truth = The Word Made Flesh = Jesus.
If the above is in fact the case, we should expect that Yahshua (Jesus) would not have claimed that The Law would be replaced with Grace, but would have upheld The Law, and instead, taught that Grace is simply extended by the Father to those who have broken the Law, but have returned to God with a repentant heart through the shed blood of Jesus.
In the Gospels, we find that He did just that.
Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law of Moses or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments (law of Moses), and teach others to do so, will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever will do and teach them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jesus then goes on to expand (literally to fulfill or fill up) upon the Law of Moses, teaching that God looks upon the heart, and not merely man’s actions:
“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the fire of hell…
“You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
In Matthew 7, Jesus warned that those who live without The Law will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven – even those who believed in Jesus and did miracles in His name:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’
And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
That word lawlessness is the Greek word anomia (Strong’s G458), which the definition is: The condition of being without the Mosaic Law
So rather than teaching that The Law would be done away with after His death and resurrection, The Word Made Flesh expanded upon the Law of Moses and taught us that Yahweh looks upon our heart, and not just our actions.
John informs his readers that there must be balance, our Creator is looking for those who would worship Him in Spirit AND in Truth (not one or the other, but BOTH Spirit and Truth):
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. -John 4:24
John expounds further in 1 John 2-6 that the evidence (Proof) that we have come to know Jesus (Yahshua) is that we obey His Law:
This is How we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. Whoever says “I know Him” but does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the Truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
Remember that Jesus= The Word of God= Truth= God’s Law. Thus, according to verse 4, if we do not keep His commandments – His Law – we do not have Jesus Himself- The Truth – in us.
John continues in Chapter 3:
Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning (continually breaking the Law of Moses); no one who keeps on sinning has either seen Him or known Him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as He is righteous. 8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s[b] seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
In Revelation, John advises that during the Great Tribulation, those who Satan makes war with (and the only ones who do NOT receive the Mark of the Beast) are those who KEEP the commandments of God, AND believe in Jesus (i.e. those who worship the Father in Spirit AND in Truth):
Rev 12:17 Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”
Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God AND their faith in Jesus.
In Conclusion, in Part 1 we’ve examined what Truth is, and how important it is to follow Truth and live by it.
In Part 2, we’ll examine how The Adversary has tried to convince God’s people that He didn’t really mean what He said…