EMET - Truth
Truth may possibly be the most important topic we can find for discussion in this world today.
What is truth?
Is there any such thing as absolute truth or is it just relative to your own reality?
To the Greek way of thinking truth is found in our relationship between our thinking and the reality of the world around us. Because it focuses on me the definition of truth changes depending on my view point. A redwood tree when viewed from the ground looks very large and tall but when viewed from an airplane it looks almost flat. Thus in the Greek worlds way of thinking there is no absolute, only different views of the same thing. The same tree, or reality, can appear different when viewed under different conditions. Either we are looking from the ground or from above but truth appears to change when viewpoint changes.
G-d is then seen as being different based on how you view him with your culture and personal point of view. There is no absolute truth in this world view. Thus what you believe becomes very important only as it defines a religion. All religious views are relevant under this way of thinking. The ideal view of truth, in this way of living, would be tolerance or coexistence. I will live my life as I see it best and you should live yours the same way is the key to love and truth in this world view. To tell you that your truth is not true is not a loving way of being in this system of belief. The prevailing world view of Judiasm and Christianity today is that both are intolerant.
But that is far from what the Hebrew way of thinking would understand about what is truth. As we look at this view we will see that for Jesus and the Apostles the Hebrew way of understanding is the same as that of Christianity.
Hebrew World view
Looking at the Hebrew word for truth we can see how G-d becomes the center of the meaning of truth. EMET is the Hebrew word for truth. It is spelled from right to left with the letters Aleph - Mem - Tav. Aleph is the first letter of the Alephbet and represents the breath of G-d or our awareness of Him. Truth, then, begins with our awareness of G-d. The middle letter Mem in Hebrew was originally the symbol for water and is also understood to represent the Messiah. From this letter under the Hebrew way of thinking we see divine wisdom from the fountain of life itself which is G-d, the creator and king of the heavens and the earth is the center of truth. Mem is the middle letter of the Alephbet while the final letter of EMET is Tav which is the last letter of the Alephbet. Tav is seen at the expression of simple faith to the Hebrew. This letter corresponds to the kingdom as given to us in Torah or Scriptures.
One of the things we can notice right away is that the baseline of this word is stable and represents the stability we will find in life with a life that is submitted to G-d and His wisdom. It begins with an awareness that He is the king of the universe. All things were made in in and through Him and therefore He alone represents or determines what TRUTH is. It is not what I think but what HE thinks then that becomes TRUTH.
What I must then do is study what G-d has said or done so that I can better understand how I should live my life in His wisdom. In Hebrew culture everything is about living and walking with G-d at the center. In the wilderness the Tabernacle was in the center of the camp. G-d lead the nation in the wilderness through means and ways that He designed, not men. G-d chose Moses and gave him the Torah as a teaching on how His people are to live. Study of Torah or the Word of G-d then becomes the focus of what is Truth?
The Opposite of Truth is the LIE
The Hebrew word for "falsehood" is [שקר, sheker], and is unbalanced in its foundation. The words is spelled Shin - Kuf - Reish and is made up of three letters toward the end of the alphabet. The base of the letter shin ( ש ) does not stand balanced on the baseline. It is like a child's toy that can spin and spin until it falls. It does not have a firm foundation. In Hebrew meaning the letter forms a flame and represents past, present and future.
The form of the second letter, Kuf (ק), includes an extended left-sided stroke that descends below the baseline and again is unstable. In Hebrew understanding the bottom of the letters represents the earth and the top represents heaven and the Kuf demonstrates how impurity sucks the life out of the world. This letter is at times called the "eye of the needle" . Kuf shows us our need for redemption or salvation from the things of this world.
The final letter, Reish (ר), is also unstable as it includes no "supporting" stroke on its left; according to its form, it should fall. This letter in Hebrew represents poverty in this world it represents a bent over head.
Falsehood is also the word for LIE which is the basis for any belief that goes beyond what G-d has determined as truth. It is the LIE of Satan that we can all be our own gods that has taken us into captivity since the Garden of Eden.
WHAT IS TRUTH?
It is not what I think that is important but what G-d thinks. Because this is TRUTH it is important that I spend time digging into who G-d is and what is on His heart. The three letters of Sheker are three consecutive letters and that helps us understand that when we look at what seems real around us we can only see those things that are within reach but the TRUTH is seen only by G-d who can see the beginning, the present or middle and the end. Emet is the Aleph and the Tav or in Greek the Alpha and Omega spoken of in Revelation. Truth, therefore is only found in G-d as He presents it to us in His Torah or Word. The last letter of EMET is the Tav which represents true FAITH which looks to G-d as the king and puts total trust in HIM to lead our life.