Posted by George Morrison

The internal audit report into the corporate affairs of the state training agency FAS has produced evidence of profligate spending by a largely unsupervised public official during the years of plenty, which have now come to an end. The public official has a very different version of the events, showing that he was being given kudos for his actions which were being hailed as a great success. Two “truths”, which one is the true truth? Part of the problem lies in the fact that the affluence existing in the early years of the 3rd millennium no longer exists and what was “normal” then may well be looked at very differently today! Expenditure rules were treated as guidelines and budget over-runs did not attract the appropriate sanctions. Instead of amending the rules to legitimise the excesses they were simply waived and truth became a victim of prosperity. Coming to terms with the truth was a problem even in Bible times. When confronted by Christ, who is the truth of God in human form, Pilate lamely asked the question, “What is truth”. To act as if he was in ignorance when he knew the truth turned Pilate into a victim of his own cowardice and has been doing so ever since to many who try to escape the implications of the truth,. It is hard to live with the truth so we render it ineffective. It is no accident that today our post-modern age claims “the truth is different for everyone”. You have your truth and I have my truth. To remove meaning in this way from the word “truth” creates license and an illusion of freedom. Biblical truth is true at all times in all places for all people. Jesus said in his prayer recorded in St John’s Gospel chapter 17, “Your word (the Scriptures) is truth”. Our natural inclination to lie comes from the devil who is a liar and the father of lies; St John’s Gospel chapter 8 verse 44. His version of salvation is that we must work for it. The truth is that God has provided it freely in the work of Christ on the cross for everyone who turns to him believing his word to be true: Ephesians Chapter 2 verses 8 & 9. Whatever version of FAS’s affairs is believed there should be no disputing what God has written. It is vital that we understand it as Jesus said; “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” St. Matthew’s Gospel Chapter 24 verse 35.