Searching and Finding


I saw an advertisement in a local newspaper the other day for a certain church with a slogan that read, “A Church of Search, Not Certainty.” I thought that slogan captured well the prevailing attitude and belief in our culture. We live in an age when the search for truth has become the goal, rather than the finding of truth. We are told that searching is good, but finding is bad. Can you think of an area in real life where that kind of credo would ever be acceptable? Imagine, for example, that principle being used by people who are searching for a lost child in the woods. “We are going to search for the child, but make sure we never find her.” The idea is ridiculous.

People talk about wanting the “power of choice.” In reality, we want the convenience of not having to make any choice at all. We want to be able to choose not to choose. You can do that. You can choose not to choose. But you are no closer to a real answer than you were before. You have not made any progress at all towards finding a real answer. You have done nothing, by choosing not to choose, by choosing to search and never find.

Searching is not the same as finding. The slogan for the old TV series, The X Files, was, “The truth is out there.” And it is. But do we really want to find the truth? The Bible says that in the last days people will be, “always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7).

Jesus Christ said about himself, “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father [God] except through me” (John 14:6). We are presented with a choice to accept or reject the one who calls himself the Truth—Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ never lied. He never tried to deceive or trick anyone. He was exactly what and who he said he was. He was a person of complete integrity. Jesus said he came into this world to die as a sacrifice for our sins, and come back to life to give us eternal life with him. This, he said, is the truth. Was he lying? You and I, each, have to decide.

If you are ready to find the truth, rather than just search for it, come to Jesus Christ. He is the Truth.

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