It's funny how things change over time. And what I mean is views of what is true. Even the dictionary changes definitions over time. Case in point, my "American Heritage Dictionary" published in 2001 defines truth as
1. Conformity to fact or actuality.
2. A statement proven to be or accepted as true.
3. Sincerity, Honesty
4. Reality, Actuality
Googling the definition says: 1. the quality or state of being true. 2. that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. 3. a fact or belief that is accepted as true.
The definition is diminished to "a belief accepted as true." The changes may be subtle, but it's done on purpose. Truth is always eroded to a point where we can't tell the difference between fact and opinion. Nowadays, what is being promoted is that there is "your truth," and "my truth." What is really being said is that we want to make up what is true for us so we don't have to be held to the standard of truth that is eternal. Truth is constant and does not change. It cannot, by definition change, or else it is not truth (unless it's a belief accepted as true, see above). Half the time, the news needs to be corrected, we smear someone based on little fact. Do we really care for truth?
There is only one Truth, and that is Christ Jesus. He says "I am THE way, THE Truth, and THE life." As much as History tries to distort the truth about Him, as much as they try to paint His followers in a bad light (and some terrible things have been done in His name, but NOT by His followers), as much as the world (and let's face it, our enemy runs that) tries to cloud the truth, it is still true.
We need to hold fast to what is true, and the only constant in truth is Jesus Christ. Let's stop clouding His will and word with worldly distortions, and get in to His word to be transformed, that we may test what is the will of God.
English Standard Version
A Living Sacrifice
1I appeal to you therefore, brothers,a by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.b 2Do not be conformed to this world,c but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.d
Gifts of Grace
3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4For as in one body we have many members,e and the members do not all have the same function, 5so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads,f with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
Marks of the True Christian
9Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit,g serve the Lord. 12Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.h Never be wise in your own sight. 17Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave iti to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Footnotes: a 1 Or brothers and sisters b 1 Or your rational service c 2 Greek age d 2 Or what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God e 4 Greek parts; also verse 5 f 8 Or gives aid g 11 Or fervent in the Spirit h 16 Or give yourselves to humble tasks i 19 Greek give place