The Perils of Personal Truth (Part I)


Whether people admit to it or not, everyone is hungry and thirsty for Truth. In the absence of Truth,  life is shaky and uncertain. Without Truth, people are like a ship without an anchor for their soul. Sadly, Postmodernism has stripped people of Truth, concluded objective truth to be invalid, and disseminated the lie that subjective truth is the way to a noble life. Hence its fruit has been instability in life punctuated with disappointment, loneliness, division, and strife.

Over the last couple of decades, people have been finding that subjective truth is too vague and does not satisfy their hunger for stability and certainty in life. Consequently, the culture has shifted to focus on personal truth, which it is still a form of subjective truth but more specific to a person.

An Unstable Life

Personal truth has to do with personal experiences, feelings, and ideas that are real to each person. Personal truth sets one’s personal views and judgments as the guiding light for life and perceives them to be more important than the other truths. People are expected to accept each other’s truth, respect it, and give it room to be expressed.

The danger of this kind of lifestyle is that it produces an unstable foundation for life, and people can easily be tossed to and fro because of the circumstances around them. Furthermore, we live in communities with people of various backgrounds, experiences, and philosophies which can challenge a personal truth to its core. How in the world a group of people can agree on much of anything if each of them needs to be heard and their needs to be validated individually!? This creates much room for division, disunity, and rejection.


The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,  that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

One of the dangers of personal truth is lawlessness. When we cannot agree on any objective truth, everyone will do what seems right in their own eyes. The scripture prophesies about the spirit of lawlessness and that it is sent by Satan. This spirit is a lying spirit, and it is deceiving people including the people of God. The deception is always subtle, and people receive it because of their need to be heard and understood.  People have experienced various trials, hardships, and injustices, and personal truth causes them to park in their places of pain. Others are expected to hear their pain and show compassion otherwise they are cruel, unjust, and privileged.

The lawless spirit is going to impact those who do not love the truth, and those that believe there is another way to protect themselves from harm. When a person loves the truth, they go to God and ask Him to show them how they need to see their experience. They don’t just go looking for those who are compassionate towards their pain. Instead, they are looking for people who can help them be freed up from their pain and move forward in life.  They are looking for people who are willing to loose them form their bondages and let them go free (See John 11: 44).

I have had the honor and the joy of working with ladies who have had a difficult past, but they were willing to seek the truth and allow God to heal them. The process is not easy, and each person has to face their own sin, weaknesses, and wrongs as well as being willing to forgive others. However, the process is powerful when we allow God to have the final say in our experiences of life and give Him room to heal us and deliver us.

We need to pray for ourselves and for our brothers and sisters in Christ against deception of personal truth. I will continue to share on this important subject in the next devotional.

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