“I believe that to find peace you must also find truth”.
Is Truth the same as honesty? Is my pot-bellied Truth the same as that of pot-bellied refugee children? Or are their distended bellies due to fatal liver enlargement caused by starvation and malnutrition? How much knowledge do we need before we can recognise Truth? Does recognising what might be true confirm the existence of Truth?
Does our quest for Truth mean we acknowledge the presence of a higher being? If so, is God Truth? Or is Truth, God? Given there is one God for every creature on the planet, would God exist without us? Is it necessary to suffer in order to receive the Truth, to achieve true enlightenment, and is that suffering measurable? If so, is the degree of enlightenment equivalent to the degree of suffering? Is it ever possible for Truth to be achieved through joy, wellbeing, security and comfort?
Is there a correlation between the depth and quantity of suffering and the extent of redemption? Is redemption granted hierarchically? And, if this is the case, is the granting of Truth also based on a meritocracy with certain Truths only being made available to certain people? If so, what are the rules for being one of the chosen?
Is Truth synonymous with good in the way that untruth is considered evil? How then do we reconcile devilish and cruel phenomena occurring in the name of Truth (or God)? Must we blindly accept them as the will of a higher being and ignore the dilemma posed when our God performs, or stands idly watching, the cruellest and most hideously evil acts?
Those born into the flesh will die whether in peace or in pain: that’s the human condition. Jesus of Nazareth is said to have followed humanity into death. But, knowing he could not die anyway, was the resurrection and the promise of life everlasting the greatest lie of all? Is it God’s presumption that humans even want life everlasting?
Perhaps this is how the devil traps us when we become so distracted by questioning Truth we let our guard down.