Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.
When I first read this quote, it gripped me immediately. Our relativistic postmodern culture scorns the notion of truth, and condemns anyone who holds absolute values of right and wrong as intolerant. Only someone with a deep, God-given hunger for truth is willing to face that kind of rejection. Surprisingly, the words of wisdom quoted above were written in the 17th century by Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662), a French mathematician, physicist and philosopher.
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 (NIV) says this about those who will be deceived by Satan in the last days before Christ returns: “…They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” If I love wickedness I will be deceived and face the judgment of God; but if I love the truth I will be saved. God’s word is truth (John 17:17), and Jesus is the truth (John 14:6); may we all grow to love them more!