How important is the truth?

Today, it’s not so much what people believe, as it is how sincerely they say they believe it. What are facts anyway but just someone else’s opinions?

More and more people today really don’t care about the truth. They’re more concerned with how it all feels. It’s all about the experience.

Sincerity is great, but misguided or misapplied sincerity is worthless. In fact, it’s much more dangerous than that. Imagine a nurse making her daily rounds of giving meds to each patient on her floor. She rolls her cart of prescriptions into a room, pulls up the clipboard hanging at the foot of the bed and reads what medicine is to be injected into the patient. Then she gently and lovingly injects the patient with the medicine prescribed. Almost immediately after she pulls the needle out of his arm, the patient goes into cardiac arrest and dies. She’s horrified – how could this have happened? She finds out that someone had put the wrong chart on that patient’s bed.

It doesn’t matter how passionate or honest a nurse is when treating a patient if she uses the wrong medicine. She can do her job with the utmost sincerity and end up with a patient who is sincerely dead. Practicing good medicine is all about focusing on facts not feelings. If I’m going into surgery and am informed I can make a choice between two physicians — a mediocre surgeon with excellent people skills or an excellent surgeon who is difficult to get along with — I’m choosing the latter! I’ll always take knowledge and skill over bedside manner.

C. S. Lewis said, “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” Jesus said, I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.”

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6