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What is (T)ruth with a Capital "T"..?

Discussion in 'General Theology' started by Landon Caeli, Jun 15, 2021.

  1. Landon Caeli

    Landon Caeli But you can call me Captain Staff Member Trainee Supporter

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    I was just curious what's meant by "Truth"? Even I've used it in the past, and I don’t even know what it means.
     
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  2. Philip_B

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    Truth suggests correlation with reality.
     
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  3. Landon Caeli

    Landon Caeli But you can call me Captain Staff Member Trainee Supporter

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    Is there any difference between (t)ruth and (T)ruth..? Or is there no difference?

    ...I've seen some people capitalize the T... I don't quite understand if that suggests there's two types.
     
  4. Carl Emerson

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    "I AM the way the Truth and the Life" ....Jesus
     
  5. Ezana

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    There's truth, and then there's Truth. The former (as already mentioned) corresponds to reality; the latter is the Reason for this reality's existence.

    Or, in another way of putting it, the capitalization in Truth serves to identify truth itself with a Person—the same thing we do with the letters and words we use as names.

    Speaking of words, you'll find a similar idea in the beginning of a certain gospel.
     
  6. The Liturgist

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    Pontius Pilate famously asked our Lord “What is truth?” (Note @Landon Caeli ,my friend and brother I am not likening you to Pontius Pilate!) Unlike the OP’s sincere question, Pilate asked the question in a rhetorical manner, implying truth did not exist.

    The irony was that Pilate was actually unknowingly speaking sarcastically to Truth. Because our Lord, who is the Word of God, the incarnate Logos, meaning Reason, Rationality, Logic, among other things (Logos and Memra are words rich in meaning), declares Himself to be the Way, the Truth and the Light.
     
  7. klutedavid

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    Jesus was the ultimate, divine Truth. The way, the TRUTH, and the life.

    As for any other definition of truth, that would be a temporary worldly definition of truth.
     
  8. The Liturgist

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    That being the Gospel According to John, or St. John the Theologian, as the Eastern Orthodox venerate him, also St. John the Apostle, the Divine, the Evangelist and the Beloved Disciple. St. John the Theologians is one of only three people venerated as theologians in the Eastern Orthodox Church, the others being St. Gregory Nazianzus, and St. Symeon the New Theologian.
     
  9. The Liturgist

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    Lower case truth means an accurate statement basically, whereas Truth capitalized is Truth incarnate in Jesus Christ. We worship Truth.
     
  10. Landon Caeli

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    This is something new to me. I have to admit, I'm still struggling to comprehend. Are you viewing it as Jesus' other name? Or is it a "concept"..?
     
  11. fhansen

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    I believe it to mean those “bigger” things, the answers to critical questions we can’t answer on our own, without divine help. They are wrapped up exhaustively in the person of Jesus Christ who Himself is the one Truth, and who reveals it.
     
  12. zippy2006

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    It's hard to know what people mean when they capitalize truth. Presumably they are intending "Truth" to have some sort of existential import that informs their life in a special way. The most technical account I could give would be the Heideggarian reappropriation of the Greek word Aletheia.
     
  13. Soyeong

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    God's nature is Truth. The Bible often uses the same terms to describe the nature of God as it does to describe the nature of the Mosaic Law, so the Mosaic Law is truth because it is God's instructions for how to express His nature (Psalms 119:142). Jesus is the exact expression of God's nature (Hebrews 1:3), so he is the truth made flesh and he showed the nature of the Father through his works in sinless obedience to the Mosaic Law, which is why he could say everything that he did in John 14:6-11. In Ezekiel 36:26-27, the Spirit has the role of leading us to obey the Mosaic Law, in John 16:13, the Spirit has the role of leading us in truth, and again the Mosaic Law is truth. In John 8:31-36, it is sin in transgression of the Mosaic Law that puts us in bondage while it is the truth that sets us free. In John 17:17, God’s word is truth, and the Mosaic Law is God’s word. In 2 Timothy 3:8, those who oppose the truth also oppose Moses, being of corrupted minds, and disqualified in regard to the faith. In Romans 8:4-7, those who walk in the Spirit are contrasted with those who have minds set on the flesh who refuse to submit to God's law. In Galatians 5:19-22, everything listed as works of the flesh that are against the Spirit are also against the Mosaic Law, while all of the fruits of the Spirit are aspects of God's nature that are in accordance with it.
     
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