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Truth Cost Discernment

Contributed By: Mike Brenneman | Date Posted: 2022-08-26

Scripture: Proverbs 23:23 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:21

Author: Mike Brenneman


Years ago, many people were very dependent upon horses for transportation and farm work. Horses were expensive, and so the buyer needed to make sure the new horse was in good health. If the horse was sick, the success of the farm could be in jeopardy. 

Prospective horse buyers would examine the animal's teeth. The condition of the teeth was a reliable way to determine the age and overall health of the horse. This examination helped protect the buyer from buying a bad horse.


Instead of taking the time to examine something, we could choose to go fishing, spend time with friends, or watch TV.  Choosing to examine something costs us the pleasure of doing something else. 

Proverbs 23:23 instructs us to "Buy truth and do not sell it...."

One way to "buy" truth is to "spend" time seeking truth and examining something before we believe it. 

Buying the truth has nothing to do with spending money.  Poor people can buy as much truth as rich people.  Buying truth has to do with the effort required to find and acquire the truth.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 instructs us to, "Examine everything and hold fast to that which is good."

Examination takes work, time, and mental energy.  In essence, this is how we buy truth or pay for the truth. No monetary cost, but a cost nonetheless.


Putting A Trigger Warning On Truth

Truth Cultural Trends Censorship

Source: "Wokery beyond parody because university slaps a TRIGGER warning on George Orwell's 1984 as it contains 'explicit material' which some students may find 'offensive and upsetting'" by Chris Hastings, DAILYMAIL.COM, January 22, 2022

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-03-21

Scripture: Romans 1:8

Author: Illustration Exchange


In a flagrantly glaring display of irony, the UK’s University of Northampton is taking censorship and wokeness to caricaturish new levels by slapping a trigger warning on none other than George Orwell’s classic, dystopian novel, 1984, seeking to spare sensitive students from unwitting exposure to “explicit material.” 

Said “explicit material” is the story of a dystopian future world controlled by thought police, where language is redefined, former events and people are “memory holed,” and history is rewritten to suit the narrative of the ever watchful Big Brother. Truth is no longer objective. In fact, truth (or what used to be recognized as truth) is Public Enemy Number One, and must be hidden from the masses at all costs. 

It is to this novel that this bastion of re-education education has slapped its stamp of censorship -- woke culture’s most prolifically used mark of impending danger – the trigger warning.

This is nothing short of dystopian life, imitating dystopian art, imitating dystopian life. So close to current events have the themes of this sci-fi classic come, that putting a trigger warning on it is like putting a trigger warning on a mirror. Don’t look! You might see reality!

In response to criticism, a spokesman for the university said:

“While it is not university policy, we may warn students of content in relation to violence, sexual violence, domestic abuse and suicide. In these circumstances, we explain to applicants as part of the recruitment process that their course will include some challenging texts. This is reinforced by tutors as they progress through their programme of studies. We are aware some texts might be challenging for some students and have accounted for this when developing our courses.”


Oh, so it’s the violence and sexuality inherent in the story line from which they want to protect these young adults. Really? Even as institutions of education here in the US and around the world want to teach Kindergarteners about gender preferences, while promoting pornography to middle and high schoolers through libraries and reading lists? 

What are they really trying to shield these young people from? Is the trigger warning actually for the protection of the delicate, fragile sensibilities of the students? Or is it for the protection of the elites and mavens of indoctrination who fear their subjects students might actually be confronted with reality, and rather than cower under the weight of it, embrace it?

Finding Our Fixed Point

Word of God Jesus Christ Truth

Source: NPR

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Contributed By: Allen Snapp | Date Posted: 2019-05-01

Scripture: Proverbs 14:12 ; Hebrews 12:2

Author: Allen Snapp


Studies have shown that if you blindfold a man and ask him to walk in a straight line, he will start out well but will soon begin to turn one way or another, looping around in ever tightening circles. It is a phenomenon that has been demonstrated over and over again: without a fixed reference point we cannot keep a straight line.

The strange thing is that it feels like we're walking in a straight line. But we begin to loop and curve erratically – without ever knowing it. We need a fixed point to walk a straight line.

Robert Kulwich, for NPR, observes, "Without a corrective, our insides take over and there's something inside us that won't stay straight."

[Studies of this phenomenon appear in Chris McManus' book, Right Hand, Left Hand, The Origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms and Cultures (Phoenix, 2002).]


God’s word is that fixed point for our souls. Its truths are fixed – “forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens” (Ps. 119:89). Thus, it gives us a safe and accurate reference point for our lives.

A person who rejects God’s word as the source of truth may feel like they’re on the right road – they’re going straight – but inevitably they go astray. The Bible says there is a way that seems right to a man (think they’re going straight) but the end thereof is death (Proverbs 14:12). 

Amazingly, Jesus didn’t point people to the fixed point, he claimed to be the fixed point. Jesus didn’t say “I know the truth” or “I can point you to the truth”, he said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6)– He is the sun by which we navigate our lives, the star by which we guide our path. He is our fixed point. 

"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2, BSB). 

Do Bunnies Lay Eggs?

Easter Truth Apologetics

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-04-21

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:4

Author: Illustration Exchange

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The Half-Life Of Facts

Truth Cultural Trends Gospel

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-11-27

Scripture: Isaiah 40:8 ; Matthew 5:18

Author: Illustration Exchange

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Give The Customer What They Want

Truth Blessings/Blessedness Repentance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-03

Scripture: 1 John 1:9

Author: Terry Shea / Illustration Exchange

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If Christianity Is True, Why Do Christians Behave So Badly?

Apologetics Hypocrisy Truth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-02

Scripture: John 14:6

Author: Joel Furches

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Hey, You Walk Funny!

Truth Love (Tough Love) Friendship

Contributed By: Brad Shockley | Date Posted: 2016-02-24

Scripture: Proverbs 27:6

Author: Brad Shockley

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Seek But Don't Find

Seeker Truth Cynicism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-08

Scripture: Matthew 7:7

Author: Andre Gide / Illustration Exchange

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Balancing The Truth with The Spirit

Word of God Truth Spirituality

Contributed By: Jimmy Kiker | Date Posted: 2015-08-19

Scripture: John 4:24 ; 1 Corinthians 2:14

Author: W. Graham Scroggie / Jimmy Kiker

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