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Demanding The Meaning Of Truth

January 28, 2012


Demanding the Meaning of Truth

For those of you who are fans of either Paul Anka or Ofra Haza - you may recognize that line.

It's from Freedom For The World

Freedom for you and me
A Nation of voices
Making the choices
Demanding the meaning of truth
Who'll pay for the tears, the doubts and the fears of our youth?
The prophecies clearer, the end may be nearer
Peace is the word of the day
Look to your heart and let love lead the way.


I have to say - it was impossible to find the actual words to this song. After searching through many pages from search engines, I couldn't find a single one that actually got it right.
So - I ended up doing it from the song - keep moving it backwards on iTunes and keep listening.

How's that for demanding the meaning of truth?


Anyway - on the the song.


Freedom for you and me
A nation of voices
Making the choices
Demanding the meaning of truth

OK - so we want freedom -
we want to be able to make choices -
and we want to know the truth.


At a certain level - we all have the freedom to make choices.

Maybe not all the choices we'd like to be able to make -
but some choices.

One would be -
even in the most totalitarian countries -
to obey or not to obey -
to do what's right even though the penalty is severe -
up to and including death.

A rather severe example with a most severe price to pay -
but -
when demanding the truth -
sometimes that's what truth demands.

So we have at least two freedoms -
the freedom to demand the truth -
and the freedom to make at least certain choices.


To get into The Truth -

What is the Truth?

More properly - Who is the Truth?

This is answered in John 14:6 -

Jn 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."


Now - we could demand the truth -
but that's not really necessary.
Merely asking is enough.

The Truth is out their looking for us - Revelation 3:19-20 -

Rev 3:19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.


And if if we ask for the Truth -
He will respond to us - Matthew 7:7-12 -

Mt 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.


So - it's not even as hard as what the song says.

We don't need to try so hard to find The Truth -
we just need to ask Him to open the door.

Jesus says many time in the Gospels "I tell you the truth".
I was curious as to just how many times.
It's 78.



Who'll pay for the tears, the doubts and the fears of our youth?

In Paul's 1st letter to the Corinthians - verses 6:12 - 20 - he talks about sexual immorality and the price that was paid for it -

1Co 6:12 “Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything. “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”—but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

1Co 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.


The song asks - who's going to pay for all the things that have happened in our youth?

It's interesting - is this question asked about the "nation of voices" - or is it about the individual making the choices?

We can't tell from the song itself -
but it really doesn't matter.
The price has been paid already -
the only question is whether or not we choose to accept this payment as Truth.

You are not your own; you were bought at a price.

If we accept that Jesus is Lord - and that He died for our sins -
the payment is already made -
Jesus paid it.

If not -
then we pay.

HHmm -
looks like another choice.
Also looks like another life or death outcome based on the decision as well.

Except that this time -
life or death is forever.

What does "The Truth" have to say on this matter? Let's take a look at Matthew 25:31-46 -

The Sheep and the Goats

Mt 25:31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

Mt 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Mt 25:37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

Mt 25:40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Mt 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

Mt 25:44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

Mt 25:45 “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

Mt 25:46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”


I guess the last verse make the truth of the outcome of this decision pretty clear -

Mt 25:46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”


The prophecies clearer, the end may be nearer

All sorts of people try to make predictions on when the end is coming. Obviously - many have been wrong - because we're still here. We're always getting closer to the end - by definition. Every second that goes by brings us one second closer to the end. Not knowing when it will be doesn't mean it won't happen or that we're not getting closer. For us at least - time is linear - it marches ever forward - towards the future - towards the end.

As far as whether the prophecies are becoming clearer - that depends on whether we really understand them.

More on this line at the conclusion of this article.


Peace is the word of the day

If Peace is the word of the day -
how do we get this peace?

Luke 2:8-14 tells us where it comes from -

Lk 2:8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Lk 2:13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

Lk 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”


So we can get peace -
not by actually doing anything -
but by accepting this little baby -
by accepting Jesus.

Really - just by accepting Him -
is faith all it really takes?
Fast forward a bit in Luke and we find this in Luke 7:36-50 -

Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman

Lk 7:36 Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

Lk 7:39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

Lk 7:40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

Lk 7:41 “Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

Lk 7:43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

Lk 7:44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”

Lk 7:48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

Lk 7:49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Lk 7:50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”


“Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Very simple -
very straightforward -
very truthful.


OK - sounds good.

Also - maybe sounds a little too easy?

How can we know if we're really accepting the truth -

How can we know that we're not just feeling good about what's being offered -
wanting to accept it -
maybe even thinking we have -
but not really doing it?

Remember the sheep and the goats -
how some of them were surprised about whether they went to the right or to the left?
We really don't want to be a sheep on the outside - but a goat on the inside.

and that's where the last line of the first verse comes in -


Look to your heart and let love lead the way.

OK - look to your heart - and let love lead the way.

Look to your heart -
look to what we really are as a person -
no pretense -
no hiding anything -
what are we really feeling?

Let love lead the way -
but what is love?

We can find the answer to that in 1 John 4:7-12, where he contrasts our love versus God's love -

1Jn 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.


So - God is love.
But how do we know if God is in our hearts?


Jesus talks about this - in relation to money - but the same is true for any of the "treasures on earth" - in Matthew 6:19-24 -

Treasures in Heaven

Mt 6:19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Mt 6:22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Mt 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money."



And now the verse is complete -

Freedom for you and me
A nation of voices
Making the choices
Demanding the meaning of truth
Who'll pay for the tears, the doubts and the fears of our youth?
The prophecies clearer, the end may be nearer
Peace is the word of the day
Look to your heart and let love lead the way.


I like to look at songs -
the words they use express our feelings -
they often appear to be about something on the outside -
something of the world -
but I believe expressing a deeper / inner feeling.


Earlier - I said I'd have more on the line
The prophecies clearer, the end may be nearer

Jesus frequently spoke in parables in the Gospels.
He told stories -
stories that had a superficial meaning - like seeds being scattered that would grow if they landed on good earth - but would die if they landed on rocks. Obvious, isn't it? No plant can grow on a rock if it was meant to grow in dirt.
But - it had a deeper meaning -
a meaning that not everyone understood.

After this one parable, Jesus' disciples asked Him why He spoke this way.
We see the entire sequence in Matthew 13:1-23 -


The Parable of the Sower

Mt 13:1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear.”

Mt 13:10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

Mt 13:11 He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;

though hearing, they do not hear or understand.



So - if we look at what a deeper meaning of this verse from Freedom for the world could mean - we might see -






















Where are your eyes - what do you see?

Where are your ears - what do they hear?

Where is your heart? Who / What is in it?


Look to your heart and let Love lead the way

Look to your heart and let God lead the way





Freedom for the world

Redemption for the world

Freedom for you and me

Redemption for you and me

A nation of voices

All God's people

Making the choices

making the choice (to follow Him or not)

Demanding the meaning of truth

searching for God

Who'll pay for the tears, the doubts and the fears of our youth?

Who will save us?

The prophecies clearer, the end may be nearer

we see - time is running out to decide

Peace is the word of the day

Jesus is the Word of the day

Look to your heart and let love lead the way.

Let us look to our hearts and let Him lead the way