Truth as troth [loyal or pledged faithfulness] has to be underwritten by love: the proclamation of faith is an act of betrothal where one affiances oneself to another and where the other is one’s fiancé. This recalls the famous line of thinking from 1 Corinthians 13, where Paul insists that if faith is not underwritten by love, then ‘I’m a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal’ (1 Cor 13.1). — Simon Critchley

Speaking truth should not be understood as simply expressing that which is since nothing simply is and because Truth, humanly speaking, is not. Truth in the Christian sense always proceeds from faith, which is born out of loving relationships. Truth is therefore never static but dynamic; it moves with us from one moment of becoming to the next and it cannot be comprehended from the perspective of the solitary individual. Without love we are simply noisy gongs and our truth is empty and shallow. Truth is a way of being in the world and it is always relational, interdependent and constantly changing. Truth can thus only be articulated when the Other is looked upon as our beloved, hence Christ who emptied himself and walked faithfully to the cross for the sake of the world can be said to be the way, the truth and the life (John 14.6). His earthly deed is the ultimate expression of truth as a way of being in the world – a way of life. Christ should therefore not be understood as a first principle but as the truly human one whom we enter into relationship with by participating in his death and his resurrection. As this relationship is continuously confirmed through our participation in the Eucharist we continue to be shaped by his love and resurrection that points towards the universal resurrection, which is our eschatological hope. Further, when the Bible speaks about salvation, what is referred to is not some form of Gnostic escape from the world, rather it is an invitation, a calling, to participate in this eschatological future, or as we usually refer to it; the kingdom of God. When Jesus answered Thomas’ question ‘how can we know the way?’ (John 14.5), he therefore did not reveal some hidden path from earth to heaven, rather he unveiled that the kingdom of heaven – the world which is to come – is at hand. Consequently we pray ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’ (Matt 6.10).

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