Proverbs 23: Buying Truth
I would like to think that we are all on a quest for truth. I think that even if the one real truth is that there is no truth (postmodern contradiction anyone?), we can all agree that there is at least something true in the universe. We might disagree on what it is, but it is hard to deny that something is true.
Proverbs 23 tells us something very important about truth.
Pro 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
This is a very commercial language. It sounds that we are talking about business transactions. In other words, we are talking about giving up something of value in order to have truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding. It is worth something to have truth.
On the flipside, once you have truth, there is no way that you should be willing to give that up. It is priceless. You should not sell it because there is nothing people could give you that would be of equivalent value.
This particular verse doesn’t go into what the truth is, but as Christians, we can continue reading and find out what truth is.
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the Truth. That is what we base our worldview on. Like I said before, everyone needs to start from somewhere, and for Christians, we start from the truth of Jesus Christ. There are obviously implications to whatever starting point we take for the baseline truth in the universe.
I assume that most people who read this are Christians. I am writing for a Christian audience largely, so I doubt there will be a lot of disagreement. However, if you come across my website and you do not believe in the God of the Bible, I want to challenge you to think about where you are basing your view of truth. Is it something objective, or is it subjective? What are the basics of your belief? These are good questions for everyone to think about, and if we are honestly pursuing truth, they ought to be near the front of our minds.