The Hebrew notion of truth has its root in the word: ‘Demet’, which simply means reliability. It is the unshakable dependability of a thing, a word, or, the faithfulness of a person.
Unlike the Greek idea of truth, it is not timeless, binding or rigid, rather, it is fluid. In other words Demet has to occur repeatedly in history. For example:
“I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” – Ex. 3:6
Therefore, in the Hebrew sense of truth all of reality is regarded historically. We see this in their understanding of the Exile, as they looked back in history in interpreting the event.
We also see this on the ‘Road to Emmaus’ as the disciples were taken on a historical journey by Jesus in interpreting an event – on this occasion his death (Luke 24:13-25).
To this end Pannenberg argues that, “Truth is that which will show itself in the future.” The future gives meaning to the past and present. Hence the philosophical idea of, “all things working together for good” (Rom. 8:28)
Therefore, we read the scriptures retroactively for now through the life and ministry of Jesus, until ‘Truth’ is finally revealed in Jesus’ Second Coming. So we live in ‘anticipation’, as we continue the work of co-creation, reconciling the world to God.
Join us for God Was In Christ when I’ll be doing a recap of our journey so far as we prepare our hearts and minds for the Jesus’ Resurrection next week!
3pm – 4:30pm
The Parish Hall
St John’s Sidcup,
Kent DA14 6BX
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