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What is Truth?
Posted by Dr. Stanton on August 29, 2019

It is shocking to me this question is asked today.  Truth, by logical reasoning, is an objective concept based on agreed norms.  Truth is “a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like.”[1]

From the ancients onward, humans have sought for answers to questions that involve our sense of truth.  Plato’s idealism and Aristotle’s analytics were merged by theologians such as Aquinas with the revelations of Truth in Christianity.[2]

Augustine is famous for noting in his Confessions that “where I found Truth, there found I my God, who is Truth itself…”[3]

Today, our culture has not lost, but given up, on our concept of Truth.  Today, our culture is veering greatly toward the warning Paul offered in 2 Timothy 4:3, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.”

In our culture currently, truth is an ever-changing, self-aggrandizing concept. If one does not agree with the current view on truth, one it deemed intolerant or worse.  This is based on a truth that changes with regularity and the social whims of the loudest voice or the most powerful lobby.

Truth in our world is subjective and is self-realizing.  In other words, truth is what you define it as and what you make it. 

Today, our culture echoes Augustine’s warning: “people hate the Truth for the sake of whatever it is that they love in place of the Truth.  They love Truth when she shines on them; and hate her when she rebukes them.”[4]

At Oakdale Academy, Truth is not something we strive for – it is what we live by in all we do.  Truth is the benchmark of what we say, do, and teach at Oakdale.  It is our firm foundation, our guiding light, and our greatest joy.

For us, Truth is what is described in the Bible:

  • John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the Truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”
  • John 8:32, “And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.”
  • John 1:17, “For the law was given through Moses; grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ.”
  • 1 John 5:20 “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”

Truth is the center of all we do.  Truth is the core of character and wisdom.  With our reliance on the Truth, we stand out at Oakdale Academy.  We use the revelation of Truth in the Scripture and on Jesus, the embodiment of the Truth, to accomplish the Mission He gives us.

We do not stand against people, against ideologies, or against beliefs.  We do, though, stand against the corruption, subjectivity, and altering of what Truth is. 

At Oakdale, we are governed by Truth and we know the Truth.  We do not guess at it or try to discover it in a new way.  We accept it as it is revealed in the Bible, we embrace its objectivity, and we love it.

 

Dr. Stanton

Headmaster

 

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