Simple Truth?


Truth, that word has taxed my brain today.  The word truth seems to be an absolute; after all, doesn’t everyone know what truth is? 


We were all brought up to always tell the truth.  We were always bombarded with statements that contained things like; unvarnished truth, gospel truth, naked truth, moment of truth, home truth, in all truth, a true fact, true secrets, in truth, a true statement, a true thing, true religion, and we seek the truth. 


Then there are the synonyms of truth; veracity (the adherence to truth), verity (enduring or demonstrated truth), and Verisimilitude (the appearance of truth).  We even have a town in New Mexico called Truth or Consequences.


 Simple thing truth…..maybe not, we should once again seek help from our friends at Wikipedia.

There are various theories concerning truth and issues include what constitutes truth, how to define and identify truth, and whether truth is subjective, relative, objective, or absolute…The English word truth is from Old English tríewþ, tréowþ, trýwþ, Middle English trewþe, cognate to Old High German triuwida, Old Norse tryggð. Like troth, it is a -th nominalisation of the adjective true (Old English tréowe).

The English word true is from Old English (West Saxon) (ge)tríewe, tréowe, cognate to Old Saxon (gi)trûui, Old High German (ga)triuwu (Modern German treu “faithful”), Old Norse tryggr, Gothic triggws,[1] all from a Proto-Germanic *trewwj- “having good faith“. Old Norse trú, holds the semantic field “faith, word of honour; religious faith, belief”[2] (archaic English troth “loyalty, honesty, good faith”, compare Ásatrú).

Thus, ‘truth’ involves both the quality of “faithfulness, fidelity, loyalty, sincerity, veracity”,[3] and that of “agreement with fact or reality“, in Anglo-Saxon expressed by sōþ.

All Germanic languages besides English have introduced a terminological distinction between truth “fidelity” and truth “factuality”. To express “factuality”, North Germanic opted for nouns derived from sanna “to assert, affirm”, while continental West Germanic (German and Dutch) opted for continuations of wâra “faith, trust, pact” (cognate to Slavic věra “(religious) faith”, but influenced by Latin verus). Romance languages use terms following the Latin veritas, while the Greek aletheia and Slavic pravda have separate etymological origins”


Whew!  I thought that was going to be easy. 


 It seems, like so many other things we have taken a simple concept and made it complicated.  Truth should be something everyone understands.  Maybe it is something we need to experience or practice to understand.


As fathers we need to understand at least the basics of truth.  We are expected to uphold many of the qualities involved in truth; faithfulness, fidelity, loyalty, sincerity and veracity.  When we don’t, it doesn’t go unnoticed.  We are constantly under the watchful eye of our children.  They are learning about truth from us.


Simplicity should be our marker for truth.  We get ourselves all bound up in the moral issues of the day, or we try to be politically correct.  We want to be viewed by society as truthful, so we expend great energy trying to present our image as being truthful.  Simplicity in our word and deeds.


Matthew 5:37 tells us “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one”(NIV).


Speak truth into your life.  Simply speak what you know is right and stand by your words, fortify your words with actions that support those words.  The lessons learned by those around you will astound you.


En servicio como padre



1 Response to “Simple Truth?”

  1. 1 A Free Spirit October 21, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    Is religious truth antipodal to “false”? Is such truth true in the sense of logic? If so, is God limited by logic? I argue in my posts that religious truth is sui generis (i.e., unique). I’ve been posting on this in conversing with comments and thought you might be interested.


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