The Truth Forum
A challenge for seeking predictive truth
One might expect that the explosive increase in knowledge in the world today might translate into a similar increase in truth. It will. But knowledge doesn't necessarily translate into truth. Truth is a conclusion, correctly surmised, based upon knowledge, revelation, or observation. Truth is reality. Truth is intimate knowledge of the creation, the same knowledge the original designer has, and we must have, to walk in harmony with it. In more familiar terms truth is knowing God, and his perfect lifestyle or government, the kingdom of God. The Holy Scriptures, as delivered to the world by the ancient nation of Israel, claims to be a revelation of such truth. It claims to reveal God, and a correct and true perception of reality and what is required to live in harmony with creation and therefore with God himself. This gracious provision is progressive, not instantaneous. It is corporate not singular. History is in its most eloquent definition, His-story, the story of this progressive revelation and apprehension of truth. The coming of Messiah was the crowning event of truth revelation. Messiah, above all who walked on earth, offered truth unparalleled. He laid the foundation for apprehending ALL TRUTH, but revealed that it would not be until the end-of-the-age that humanity (the remnant of truth seekers) would finally reach its destination of all truth.
That brings us to the present hour. Imagine that we are at the end-of-the-age. Imagine that the progressive search for truth has been effective. Imagine that the explosive availability of knowledge has enlightened blind eyes. And imagine that God has now empowered mankind for the first time in history to 'see' all truth. Imagine that truth is here, in our midst, corporately, only to be gathered from every goodly tree, like a harvest. Wouldn't we be foolish not to join together, corporately, to gather, test, and publish this truth for all to see. It would be our responsibility to do so.
That is the purpose of the truth forum. To sit together, to deliberate on truth. Of course, there are a few other points that need to be covered to make this process
successful. First we (all truth nurturing bodies, i.e. Christian, Jewish, etc.) will have to address all the truth inhibiting factors in our own houses. There seems to be a new willingness to do this - for the sake of truth and God's honor. From the Christian perspective there is a universal stirring to reexamine the foundations of our Christian faith. It is abundantly clear that the image and personality of modern Christianity, while not denying fundamental truths laid down by the original Jewish fathers, is far from truthful. This just can't be overlooked anymore. It is not a light matter, it will inhibit the corporate search for truth. The very fact of admitting error, arrogance, and worse should be refreshing to those around the forum table - and hopefully will be an incentive for them to do like wise. Everything should be put on the table for scrutiny. If it can be defended on the basis of truth, than it can be held, otherwise it should be marked for elimination. Does this seem right? It would seem so. Is it practical? No. We have traditions, institutions, doctrines, philosophies, constitutions, politics, etc. which generally resist change of this nature. The vested interests are generally comfortable with the status quo. But truthfully, who's in charge, vested interests or God. Who's kingdom and whose honor are we seeking. We all, individually and institutionally, have to bow the knee before God. It is right. It will be good for all who do so. The rewards are superlative and eternal.
But some thinking person will be sure to ask a very profound and arresting question. "How will we know the truth when we see it? Wouldn't the process break down when one body proclaims truth that opposes the truth proclaimed by another body?" This would certainly happen, so we need a truth detector - short of God himself. God recognized this problem and provided a solution. The solution stems from the fact that God, from the first week of creation intended for man to be stewards or managers of this creation. God always intended that man understand the true nature of the creation and the current program in operation. We are now at the end-of-the-age and now more than ever man is expected to understand the transition from the age of faith to the age of the kingdom. The bottom line is this: if we truly understand the truth of God's purposes and the truth (reality) of the kingdom, we will not only be able to decipher the past, but we will be able to predict the future. If we really have the truth, we will have the master plan of the end-of-the-age.
That is the challenge for each group that would participate in the forum; to realistically explain the past, and particularly offer a systematic, beautiful, detailed master plan for the future end-of-the-age. Absolute truth is predictive since absolute truth is solely the possession of the divine mind and spirit.
The forum would have these assumptions:
Invitation to all who believe (or suspect) that there is the possibility of finding such truth if each 'body' truthfully and seriously reexamine all tenants and issues of their faith system. Everyone must put everything on the table, exposed for corporate examination as to validity, justification, relevance and prophetic import. Every practice and belief must be defended.
Each body would engage in thorough self examination, looking for credible evidence of divine authorship, intent and prophetic purpose.
It is understood that the end result is to do the will of God. However, acknowledgment of truth will naturally and normally precede the practicing of that truth, which is left to individual initiative, without judgment.
In keeping with the spirit of truth seeking, any doctrines not supportable within the master plan put forth, should be viewed as suspected error and should be modified or eliminated.