It’s very fashionable these days to say you’re a seeker. We’re all pilgrims, seekers of that one thing that resonates with our inner beings. After all, we’re told, all paths lead to God. It sounds very fine, very tolerant and generous. But is it?

Some people say that they’ve found it. The room gets awkwardly quiet – and it gets downright chilly when the speaker suggests that this truth is not a personal opinion, but  a flat-out fact, and one that we’d all better listen to. How dare they? We start to get hot under the caller.

But I think that’s a mistake.

We usually consider two kinds of truth; personal and universal. Personal is like my preference for salty snacks instead of sweet, or my dislike of Kraft Dinner.

But there’s another kind of  truth – like mathematics, or the kind that says selfishness or hatred is wrong, or that if I jump from the fifth floor of an apartment, I’m likely to get hurt. What I think doesn’t change the facts.

One of the funny things that strikes me is how we tend to consider belief in God as something more along the lines of the first category; a personal thing best kept to one’s self.

I’d agree that if there is no objective truth, then this makes good sense –  if God is something we made up, then we can allow for different opinions. And that’s what lies as the foundation of much modern thought: all truth claims equal because God is what He is according to our cultural background. If you think about it, it assumes we made God up!

But if there is a real God who exists on His own, regardless of what we may think of the matter, and who has real likes and dislikes  – this changes everything. If that’s the case, wouldn’t the sensible thing to do be to examine those truth claims, to look at the data points, and then make our decision?

Most of us don’t want to go there. We want something that fits, something that tastes good. We want, in fact, to make God fit us instead of the other way around, and we don’t like those narrow minded bigots who have the gall to suggest otherwise.

But aren’t we being just as narrow? We’re insisting that there is one truth claim is absolute: that it’s all relative; that there is no absolute truth. It’s self-contradicting.

You can’t sit on the fence. The only honest thing to do is to look at the credentials of each truth claim and, having weighed the evidence, make a decision from there. If there really is a God, then the main business of life is to find out what He’s like and learn the state of our relationship to Him.

When we seek, are we looking for what is true and right, or are we looking for something that we just happen to like? Truth, or convenience?

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