Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fact vs. Truth

Once upon a time, I thought that facts are ever-changing, while there is only one truth. That is the Truth that Jesus proclaimed to the world. But I have another thought lately.

Facts are not ever-changing. They remain the same. Facts are facts. What makes them fallible is the incomplete data or information that make up the facts on hand, making it seem like it is ever-changing. However, in reality, facts never change. We extract meanings out of facts, and that's when they no longer become credible. This, however, is not the fault of the existing facts, but our own ignorance.

That is why the argument about subjective truths make sense. When we make meanings out of those facts, we create our own subjective truths. That becomes the truth that we see and believe, until another piece of fact surfaces and we derive another truth from whatever information we have. So perhaps the concept of subjective truths hold true.

But then, there is another Truth, the One Truth that Jesus was talking about. It is on a completely different level in relation to facts. There is no way to compare this Truth with any other explanations. It is the Truth of what was, and is, and yet to come. It is the Truth of Jesus Christ.

And honestly, I am still trying to fully comprehend what this Truth is. A part of me thinks that I am never going to understand it if I were to keep using my head, but perhaps I will continue searching with my faith.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Detachment

I guess the economists are right. We would rather not lose something in order to receive something. The hurt of loss is more than the happiness of earning. That's why a lot of us realize that something is precious only when we have lost it. Such is my case.

Now that I know my Doctorate Degree is gone, though I hope temporarily, it hurts more. I have been attempting to take a break from my pursuit of education for quite a while now, but now that it is in my face, the thought of letting go is painful.

Why is it that we don't cherish more of what we have, only to regret that we have lost it? I want to learn to take notice of all the blessings in life, be grateful that it is there, and remember that if and when God takes it away, it was never mine in the first place. It has been loaned, and it was a blessing - God's generosity - in my life.

Perhaps that is the idea of detachment. Not getting rid of emotions or feelings towards something, or avoiding the world altogether, but enjoying every moment with the people and the things we have, knowing that they can be taken away at any time, and it will be okay.