Sydney was much like you and me. She longed to love and to be loved; to fit in and to be surrounded by people who liked her. That was the only real reason she said she believed in evolution.
Growing up, her parents had taught her that God created the universe. But only a handful of kids in her whole school denied evolution, and they weren’t popular for it.
Now that it was a matter of truth VS popular belief, Sydney was finding out which one she valued most.
What is Truth?
Truth can be very hard to define in a world where “what’s true for you may not be true for me”. Think of pure, objective and ultimate truth as reality.
Look at the space on the screen where these words are. The reality is; it’s white. Some people might have a strong opinion about whether white is a color or a shade based on their own definitions of the terms, but regardless, it’s white. Likewise, the words themselves are black.
Truth is reality. But Jesus took it a step further and gave us a standard for truth; a person to look to and to measure things by to know what the truth is. He gave us himself:
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
– John 14:6
What is popular belief?
“Popular” is a term to describe whatever idea is currently agreed to and upheld by the majority of a population. This, by the way, is subject to change.
Popular belief changes depending on which group of people is concerned. In keeping with the former illustration, the popular belief among high school kids might be that black and white are colors. At the same time, the popular belief of visual arts students at universities might be that they are shades.
Popular belief also changes as time goes by. The world used to be flat, remember? But not anymore.
Why does it matter?
What we believe – truth or popular belief – does matter. Just as Sydney noticed, it may well have an effect on how the people around us see us – whether they like us or not.
But let’s take our eyes off the people around us for a moment. It also affects how God sees us. You and I – and every person born into the world besides Jesus – are born condemned. But if, during our lifetime, we chose to stop believing in popular belief and start believing in Jesus (Truth), then we will be saved.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
– John 3:16
Time to talk
- What are some popular beliefs of your country and generation?
- What are some popular beliefs among your specific circle of friends? Is it the same? Different?
- Do you believe that Jesus is the standard of truth? Why or why not?