Rev. John's October Jottings

30 Sep 19

What is Truth?

We’ve been hearing a lot about possible scenarios concerning Brexit – good things, bad things, hearsay, fake news, wise opinions, foolish opinions, false declarations, unsubstantiated claims, and conspiracy theories, amongst other things. More often than not, these are interpretations we face when making choices and a lot of decision making over much of life.  Somehow, we need discernment to filter through what is truth and what is falsehood.  Sadly, for some people, truth doesn’t seem to matter.  They rely on their feelings and what only matters to them, regardless of decisions based on truth, right or wrong.

However, if truth is ignored or rejected, our homes, communities, nations, and the world itself would become an even more difficult place to live than it is at present. Justice and freedom would no longer exist and people wouldn’t trust each other.  Wrong, cheating and evil would prevail.  Did you know there was a time in history where these words are recorded in the Bible – ‘Everyone did what they thought right in their own eyes’ or in a more modern version of the Bible, ‘everyone did as he or she saw fit’.  It was a disaster.  It was later spoken by a prophet of his day, Jeremiah, that ‘The heart is deceitful above all else, who can understand it?’ Truth was thrown out and chaos reigned.  Sadly today, it is the basis of some people’s ethics.

Thankfully, there is a better and wiser way to live other than relying solely on our feelings and what we think is right.  It was Jesus who said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life’.  Without His way there is no going, without His truth there is no knowing and without His life there is no living. 

In a little while across the benefice we shall be running a series called ‘Exploring Christianity’ to which all are invited. Why not come along and find out more about ‘What is truth’?  It could make all the difference in the world!

Wishing you all a very measured and calm month– whatever happens!

Rev John


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Rev. John Langlands

 It is with great pleasure that I would like to welcome you to St Laurence.  Frances, my wife, and I have received a very warm welcome ourselves, so you will not be disappointed when you visit St Laurence.  I am also the Curate of the other churches in Ansley and Arley – St John’s, St Michael’s and St Wilfrid’s.

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We have just had hot off the press a visiting card which I hope reflects what our church stands for: ‘You will not walk alone.  Together we are with you on life’s journey’.  Over these next weeks, months and years, I hope we can get to know you better and that you will find Frances and myself not just ‘churchy’ people but friends as well, who enjoy life and plenty of laughter!