Either/Or?

It is popular to set up either/or situations where they do not exist. The result when such a distinction is unnecessary will result in ½ truths and as one wise man said, “A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.”
Tolstoy was a wise man, but reading him requires diligent ferreting out of ½ truths. I came upon an example this morning. “If you do not free yourself from prejudice, you cannot face God directly. (So far so good right? But then Tolstoy adds a ½ truth). “You should read the teachings of God not in the Bible, but in your heart.”
By making this an either/or, Tolstoy wrongly directs the readers away from the Bible, which the Psalmist describes as “a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”
In my experience I should listen to both my heart and the Bible. My heart often reveals my wrong reading of the Bible and the Bible often reveals my well intentioned but wrong directed heart.
A Yiddish Proverb warns that “A half-truth is a whole lie” and that “it is twice as hard to crush a half-truth as a whole lie”
Jesus counseled us to love God with all our heart and all our mind, not an either/or, a both/and. Given the choice between Tolstoy’s ½ truth and Jesus, I’ll go with Jesus on this one!

Posted in Staublog in October 18, 2012 by | 1 Comment »

One Response to Either/Or?

  1. ST101812 | Dick Staub on October 18, 2012 at 10:12 am

    […] Tolstoy was a wise man, but reading him requires diligent ferreting out of ½ truths. I came upon an example this morning. “If you do not free yourself from prejudice, you cannot face God directly. (So far so good right? But then Tolstoy adds a ½ truth). “You should read the teachings of God not in the Bible, but in your heart.” Read More. […]

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