Friday, January 18, 2008

The Survival of Truth

No matter what I do or where I go, I cannot shake my heritage, nor do I want to. I will proudly state over and over again, I am an Italian from New York! Growing up on Long Island and being part of a big Italian family I used to think to myself, “how awful not to be born Italian!” The thing was, I really believed it! Part of the Italian heritage was being Catholic. My parents would bring me to mass every Sunday. I would take communion, say my Hail Marys and go to religion class every week. However, I couldn’t get over this one thing (even though so many others could pass the fact right by). I knew that when I stepped into church, there was something much bigger and better than myself inside. I had a sense of awe and wonder. I was not sure what it was, but I knew it was something. It had to be. Even though I did not know this God that I sensed personally, I took care to be reverent and fearful (in the only ways a child knows how I suppose). I would try and pray to this God when I needed something and I would always try to be kind and do the right thing. Little did I know I had such a long way to go on my quest for Truth.
Now it is so many years later in my life. I have grasped Truth, I have seen Truth. However, for me, and I am sure for a lot of others just like me, Truth is turning into a faint whisper. Where does one find truth? What is it? Does is constantly change? Or is it timeless and unwavering. Is there more than one truth? Which is the right truth if there is? So many questions that even churches are having a hard time answering.
In the midst of what historians are calling “Postmodernism,” there is no truth that exists. Truth is completely subjective and is different for each individual. No absolutes. No rules in which govern the world, space and time. Then we have “celebrity preachers” who will claim there might be possibly more than one way to God, other than Christ. While some may be free from scandal, there has been many a TV Preacher who has marred the Gospel in front of the world with their misuse and misunderstanding of what it means to be Kingdom of God. Whether it is prosperity that says, “God wants to see you rich!” or some Evangelical taking you to an emotional high that doesn’t deliver, it seems as if Truth has been trampled upon as if it were some commodity to be packaged, bought and sold.
Where is truth among $1,000 faith pledges and ranting pulpiteers? Where is truth among those who say there is no such thing? And where is truth among everything in between?
I write this unapologetically, not claiming to have the monopoly on perfection, holiness or sanctification, but rather as a young woman of God outraged at how her God has been portrayed. I write this as a young woman who knows the Truth and who has seen His face. I set out for Truth long ago and it has been quite the journey. I hope to give you a little piece of what I have found and invite you in on this journey of mine. My claim is not judgment, nor do I mean to slander. I am simply asking questions that I’m pretty sure others are asking as well. I invite you along with me on a journey I think you might be already on.

8 comments:

Matt said...

You should be published!! I love to read what you write!!

mariahmay said...

baby girl, i love to read your words! they're practical, inspiring and...thought provoking :) i'm excited to see what's next! love u!!

Amy Zellmer said...

Yay Maria!!! I am so excited to see you blogging, your such a smart, beautiful woman with a lot of great inspiring things to say!! I look forward to reading your blog and taking the journey with you!!!

Matt Brown said...

speaking from one Italian to another, great blog. Michelle and look forward to more.

mom cathy said...

So well written. Some things I have already been thinking about. I am excited to take this journey with you. More please. I am so blessed to have you for my daughter-in-law. Love you.

Anonymous said...

wow, little maria from youth group has sure grown up! keep me posted on this!

lizneu16 said...

maria, maria...i am proud to think that i have played even the tiniest part in your journey towards truth. it's a joy to read from your heart and "see" how far you have come from the young, impressionable, sometimes confused, but growing teenager...to this! a thought provoking, intelligent, practical, relevant and awesome WOMAN of God! wonder fuil girl...can't wait to read more. i too often ask where is truth in between all the extremes? there is truth, i believe in absolutes, but there must be a balance within the truth...so that the truth does not make us legalists or those that water it down...but makes us lovers of the Truth and able to reveal it to others void of any self righteousness.

hwdrama said...

I like this blog, as i knew I would. i often wonder, amongst the chaotic and dismal view of humanity, how many in our generation are looking for the truth.How will our generation find the truth? and the most often what truths did Christ want to pass on to us while he was here, and does God want to show us inside of us now?
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