Is it fact, or is it truth?
If you have had the pleasure of making my “humble” acquaintance (lol), you may be aware that I am a huge fan of graphic t-shirts. Many of which have been printed from my thoughts. One of my graphic tees asks a question. “Is it Fact or is it Truth?” Whenever I wear this shirt, I am inevitably stopped by some sharp-eyed individual who says, “there’s a difference?” Which could be viewed as a comment or a question. You bet your Grandma’s mac-n-cheese there’s a difference!
“A thing done.”
“sincerity in action, character, and utterance.”
“in accordance or agreement with fact.”
The aforementioned definitions clearly state the differences between fact and truth. However, my t-shirt’s question does not reference the differences between the two meanings. If you believe in Christ, you may have already picked up on the difference between fact and truth that I am alluding to.
For a believer, the difference is this: fact is what I see or experience. Truth is what the word of God says. Better yet, the truth is Jesus.
John 14:6(NIV) “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
Jesus/The Word (see John 1:1) is the truth, and truth trumps fact any day.
We just witnessed fact and truth within John 14:6. Although fact and truth co-exist, they often don’t agree. A few examples where fact and truth don’t always agree are:
Fact: my wallet has five dollars in it, and I have a bill due that’s fifty-five dollars.
Truth: Philippians 4:19 (ESV) “and my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Fact: I have three projects due on the same day. I have no ideas flowing for either project. I feel completely overwhelmed and paralyzed with fear.
Truth: Isaiah 41:10(LB) “Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”
Fact: My relative has a terminal illness that there is said to be no cure.
Truth: Psalm 41:3(ESV) “The Lord sustains him on his sick bed; in his illness you restore him to full health.”
John 8:32 (ESV) “and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. “
If you are not acquainted with the truth, I strongly encourage you to get to know, choose to believe, and put truth into action in your life. I have the privilege of encouraging women in our program to do this weekly. I don’t know about you, but freedom in every area of my life sounds excellent.
So, if you are sharp-eyed and notice my t-shirt concerning fact or truth, I hope this message is now abundantly clear. Truth trumps fact every time. The moral of this story: Live in the truth!