What is Truth?

Since you are reading this, it means we (Gwyneth or Rex) have met you in person, or you have found our site through a link. Either way, we welcome you to embracingtruth.com. Perhaps the most relevant question of all time was asked by a Roman Governor: What is Truth?
Do you know the truth about life’s key questions – where did I come from? – why am I here? – what happens when I die?  Do you believe truth is relative – what you believe is your truth, what I believe is my truth? Do you think that truth depends on your point of view, what you were taught, what you read, hear or see in the media? Does the truth feel like a moving target? If you are seeking truth, it’s our hope you will find some answers here. And if you share our understanding of truth, we trust the content of this site will either confirm your beliefs or challenge them.

“Our lifestyle runs downstream”

This July, Rex and I spent a refreshing week away from it all in Snowbird, Utah, several thousand feet above the Salt Lake plain. From our window we could see this waterfall, gushing with snow melt from a late Spring and summer. At the top of the mountain, reached by cable car, you could walk through patches of snow that turned into thin trickles of water. As we hovered many feet above the ground in a ski lift on the return journey to the ski resort, we could see how the trickles had picked up speed and joined other rivulets. They began to merge into a serious stream that became the waterfall on the hillside, and the rushing river below our balcony that lulled us to sleep at night.

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67,000 miles per hour

As we travel in orbit around the sun at about 67,000 miles per hour, while spinning at 24,000 mph (at the equator), it’s almost too complex to comprehend how this amazing planet works. Just spend some time at the ocean, or on the top of a 14,000 foot mountain, or a day watching the diversity of animals at the zoo, and most will agree that we live on an awe-inspiring globe. I think that is one reason why most people on the planet today believe in God, or, as some would say, “a Higher Power.” The way my mother tells the story, she heard my whimpers, rushed into the bedroom and saw my tiny hand touching live electrical wires plugged into an outlet near the crib and grabbed me to release my body from the shocking current.

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The Trouble With Truth

What is Truth?

In a court of law, we are expected to swear on the Bible to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. But I wonder if the word truth means the same thing to any two people, and if there is a universal concept of the truth. Why is truth so highly valued by the courts of the land that perjury is considered a serious offense?

If the opposite of truth is error, then any computer user will testify how annoying program errors are. We would prefer the software to have integrity, and for the developer to abide by the rules of the programming language. Is truth then a set of rules that cause havoc if broken? Perhaps. Can I have one set of rules and you have another? There are some who would like to think so when applied to behavior. Do marriages tend to unravel when each spouse is operating from opposing ground rules, based on different family backgrounds and beliefs?

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