All Truth is Narrow

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Truth is always narrow-always. Not just some of it. All of it.

Mathematical Truth

Let me illustrate it this way: "Two plus two equals four." Now, some fellow comes along and says, "I’m not mathematically narrow-minded. I believe two plus two can equal fifteen or twenty. I’m broadminded in my mathematics." Well, let him go down to the bank and see how far he gets! He goes up to a teller and says, "I have a check here. I want to withdraw five hundred dollars," and she looks at his account and says, "You don’t have but two hundred dollars in your account." He says, "Why, that’s narrow-minded! I deposited one hundred dollars, and I deposited another hundred dollars, and in my math that’s five hundred dollars!" And the teller says, "You’re a first-class nut case!" Mathematical truth is narrow.

Scientific and Historic Truth

Imagine an athletic fellow who believes in all those things to make you strong and muscled. On a cold winter day, when the world up north is covered in snow, he stands on a bridge in order to dive into the river below. As he prepares to take that plunge, somebody comes up to him and he says, "Man, don’t you know that water freezes at 32 degrees? That river is solid ice!" He says, "I don’t believe water freezes at 32 degrees. I am broadminded in my acceptance of scientific facts. I happen to believe water freezes at 15 degrees." And the fellow says, "Fifteen degrees? You dive off that bridge and you’re going to splatter your brains." He responds, "I’m broadminded." And he dives off that bridge…and discovers that scientific truth is narrow!

A broadminded historian might say, "I don’t necessarily confine myself to this great character living in any particular age. Being broadminded," he says, "I don’t believe Caesar lived in 44 BC, I believe Caesar lives now, and that he’s in Texas." You know what? If you did that, they would be after you with a net, and would examine you as to whether you are a threat to society…because historical truth is narrow.

God’s Truth

God’s truth is no less narrow. No broadmindedness will change the truth of the everlasting God. He says in His book, the Bible, that "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23) also that "the wages of sin is death" (Roman 5:23). But there’s good news-the Lord Jesus Christ turns toward the sinner, like the physician turns toward the sick. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son [to die for our sins], that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). Christ "suffered for sins, the just for the unjust [us!] that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh" (1 Peter 3:18). Then he rose from the grave three days later to prove he had accomplished what he came to do (1 Corinthians 15:4-6)! "Look unto me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth, for I am God, and there is none other" (Isaiah 45:22). "There is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). The grace and mercy of God are for sinners! Because we are sinful and guilty, Christ made the ultimate sacrifice and died for us! He urges you to "enter in at the narrow gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction" (Matthew 6:13-14).And that is the only way God says we will ever be right with him and forgiven of our sins. God’s truth is narrow!

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