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The Truth Shall Set You Free

[Acts 12:12–17; John 8:42–51] What means, do you think, did the Lord use to explain to the Jews the rea­son for their not believ­ing in Him? The means he used was to tell them the truth. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not (John 8:45). The lie became, as it is said, their flesh and blood, and made them unable to receive the truth. Why do peo­ple not believe today? For the same rea­son; the Lord speaks the truth; this is why they do not believe. But how can this be? Are they not all sci­en­tists, and don’t they talk only about the truth? They have many words, but no deeds. They spin their sys­tems as a spi­der spins its web, only they don’t notice the flim­si­ness. The prin­ci­ples of their sys­tems are ground­less, and their con­clu­sions can­not be proved; but they are sat­is­fied with them nev­er­the­less. There has become such a demand for hypothe­ses that it seems they alone make up the en?tire con­tent of their minds, and this is reput­ed to be sol­id edu­ca­tion. They apply the fog of their dreams to the few facts they have pro­cured; and these facts appear in this fog to?tally dif­fer­ent from what they are in real­i­ty. Nev­er­the­less, this is all reput­ed to be the sphere of immuta?ble truth. So their mind has gone rot­ten, and its taste has been ruined! How can it con­tain the truth? And so they do not believe the Lord, Who speaks only the truth.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse