1.19.2005

I've been thinking a lot about truth, salvation, and how much of this stuff we will be able to comprehend in this life. Thomas had a post recently that talked about how he wanted nothing to do with the term "postmodern", or "emerging" it was one or the other. Anyway, one of the things he said that was interesting to me was that he said "I believe there is truth". If you've been reading about postmodernism you know that secular postmoderns believe that there is no absolute truth.
I agree with Thomas, I believe there is truth. However, I believe that Jack Nicholson had it right when he said, "You can't handle the truth!!!!!" I don't think our minds are capable of getting the full story and really comprehending all that truth is.
I'm reading a book called Songwriters on songwriting which is basically a bunch of interviews in a songwriters magazine that have been compiled over the years. I read a great quote from Pete Seeger, here it is:
"Cezanne painted a red barn by painting it ten shades of color: purple to yellow. And he got a red barn. Similarly, a poet will describe things many different ways, circling around it, to get at the truth. My father also had a nice simile. He said, 'The truth is a rabbit in a bramble patch. And you can't lay your hand on it. All you can do is circle around and point, and say, 'It's in there somewhere.'"

1 comment:

Gina said...

Another thought on truth from the book Waking the Dead by John Eldredge:
Years ago a mother wrote to C.S. Lewis regarding her son (age nine) and his love for The Chronicles of Narnia. The boy was feeling bad because he felt he loved Aslan (the lion hero of the story) more than Jesus. With grace and brilliance Lewis replied that he need not worry: "For the things he loves Aslan for doing or saying are simply the things that Jesus really did and said. So that when Laurence things he is loving Aslan, he is really loving Jesus: and perhaps loving Him more than he ever did before." Truth doesn't need a verse attached to it to be true. All that you loved about Aslan IS Jesus.