Truth: propositional or relational?

Been thinking about Truth for the past several weeks.   For most of my life I’ve viewed Truth as something found in a series of propositions:  God is omnipotent, omniscient, almighty, merciful, etc.  Sometimes we build our fellowship around systems, concepts and ideas like “Baptist, Pentecostal, Evangelical”, etc., and we end the day separating into doctrinal puddles like oil in water.  

 But the Truth is a person (John 14:6), and it seems likely we’ll best discover Him in relationships.  That’s gotta be the reason why I get such a kick out of talking with my buddies at Aroma Underground about the mysteries of the Godhead.  The very act of sitting face-to-face in friendship reveals – in a small way – the relational nature of God.

Of the commandments, God instructed Israel to “…talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road…”   (Deut 11:19) “Wherever two or three of you are gathered in my name, there am I in your midst.”  (Matt. 18:20)   Don’t you see it?  A loving trinity of friendship is a thousand times better picture of Father, Son, and Spirit than pages and pages of theology.  If only we could catch hold of the notion that fellowship ought to be built around Jesus Himself rather than statements about a him, perhaps the world would begin to see the True Christ.

5 thoughts on “Truth: propositional or relational?”

  1. Don,
    You are so right on about truth in fellowship, the transformation that Christ brings into our relationships is the evidence that He exists in our life. Forgiveness, trust, loving our enemies, blessing those who curse us, all are defined by His very nature, as well as the authority of the Father to the Son to us…excellent, again you do have a way with words.


  2. Three in One: Father Son and Holy Ghost. Three in One: the Way, the Thruth and Life. God created us to be like Him, in comunity with eachother not alone (Gen: 1. 26-27 ). It is our cross. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind ( vertical ) and Love others as much as you love yourself ( horizontal ). There’s no real relationship with God without relationship with eachother.


  3. It is interesting that you chose the word “or” in the title. Could the truth be both? I think it can be. It is possible that there is propositional truth that is logical, describable, definitive. But you are on to something to recognize the presence of God in truth also. Does this ever contradict? Certainly – because we live in a world less than God intended things don’t always match up.

    Thanks for the encouraging and thoughtful post!


  4. bless you bro, I grew up in Timisoara, about 300 miles east in Ro , i agree w you on the truth issue. I come from the Pentecostal background and that was one thing that drew a lot of baptists that were hanging out w me growing up. They were saying that they wanted the relationship that I and others around me had w jesus, the joy , the sense of intimate relationship. Head knowledge does not save but jesus knowledge (relationship) does. So a lot of the baptist friends have experienced the “getting to know Jesus the way I knew Him. That is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, it is an experience that can not be faked but the outward manifestation can be imitated…… people can act like they have had it, imitate the “glosolia” but like bro paul washer (my all time favorite southern baptist) on Youtube said, it does not matter that i say that i now jesus; does he say ” I know him, let him in father” or go away I never knew you…..

    bless you, keep up the work and run in such a way that you may earn a crown


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