Topic for the day: Is it always better to know the truth, even when it hurts? Or is ignorance bliss? Or are they both true some of the time?
My answer to these questions is somewhat complicated, I do not believe the answer is simple. I believe there is a deeper issue within these questions. But if you take the complexities into account, then, yes, it always better to know the truth. Ignorance is not bliss. But how do we know what the truth is?
I believe the answer to that question lies in the difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is limited to our intellectual and emotional understanding. But wisdom is revealed by the Spirit of God. When we make knowledge, or even understanding, our primary goal, we miss out on the deeper truths of God. We will gain truth, but not the truth.
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
I don’t know about you, but I want to be set free – free from all forms of bondage. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) There are other ways, there are other truths, and there are other dimensions of life. But they all fall short of LIFE and freedom as God created it. And yet, how often do we settle for substitutes? For things we can understand, reason out, possibly even control in our own power?
God desires our fellowship! He desires for us to live in complete unity with Him. And He has provided the way for us to do just that – the life of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He has put His Spirit within us so that we can live in perfect fellowship with Him, free in His truth, living with purpose and fulfillment as we follow His way, and experiencing the adventure and joy of His life in us.
But you are not like that, for the Holy One has given you his Spirit, and all of you know the truth. So I am writing to you not because you don’t know the truth but because you know the difference between truth and lies. And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist. Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father. And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us.
I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray. But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.
And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame. Since we know that Christ is righteous, we also know that all who do what is right are God’s children. 1 John 2:20-29
So, do I want to know the truth even if it is difficult? Absolutely! I want to know it because it is difficult, because in searching out the heart of God I will be fully alive and completely at peace – just like Jesus.
I am so grateful that His grace and mercy are not bound by time – they extend backwards and forwards and show me how to rewrite history – His story in and through me. I want to know His truth in all my lies and distortions and misunderstandings. And His life and grace and mercy make that possible!
What about you? Where do you stand on the truth question?