Truth – What is Yours?

A couple of weeks ago, I had a sales person come to the door, of the place I work, looking to sell us a payment system. Now, I am new and I wasn’t sure if they already used his services or not, so, I asked him to come in to get the number of the person he needed to contact regarding his services. While I was writing down the information he started asking me about the symbols I was wearing dangling on a black cord around my neck. I wear a Sri Yantra and an Ankh symbol because I resonate with their meanings. I am not sure if you are aware, but explaining these meanings while at work is not exactly a quick process. So I said, “This one is called the Sri Yantra. It is originated from Hindu philosophy and connects with balance. This one is called an Ankh and it originated in Egypt and represents life.”

At this point he asked me about Jesus and if I believed in him. I said yes. Then he got on his phone and asked me if he could read me something. Me being kind, I said yes. He started reciting a passage from the bible. After he was done, he asked me who the passage was talking about. At this point, I wanted to get back to work and knew this wasn’t a conversation my boss would enjoy paying me for. Don’t get me wrong, I love talking about spiritual stuff, but that is not in my job description.

The passage was about truth and Jesus’s path. I don’t remember which one and I’m not sure it is actually relevant for this post.  But this man was determined to tell me his truth on how he interpreted this passage. During one of his pauses from him sharing his thoughts, I thanked him and asked the gentleman if he needed anything more from me, for business purposes, and told him I needed to get back to work. He didn’t seem to get the memo I was trying to put out there. He walked to the door and continued to tell me that my truth was the wrong truth and I would be going to hell for it. I was very confused on what he was trying to convey to me considering I already told him I believed in Jesus and Jesus’s message.

I asked the gentleman to leave once again and explained to him that I really needed to get back to work. He again refused to leave. At this point, I was starting to get worried and I will be honest, a little scared. My body started shaking and I was preparing myself for the worst. I tried listening to him, but it was hard to hear what he was saying because of fear that was boiling inside of me from him refusing to leave. Something I do remember him saying, “If you believe in Jesus’s truth then you wouldn’t be acting this way.” Again, dumbfounded by what he is saying and scared what his next move is going to be. I asked him for the 3rd time to please leave. He walked to the door like he was going to leave. I got a sense of relief only for a moment, however. It didn’t end and he didn’t honor my request. He came away from the door closer to where I was standing. I was thanking God at that moment for their being a huge desk in between us. He continued to tell me, “If your truth is wrong then you will live eternally in hell. If my truth is wrong, I will only live this lifetime in hell.” I found this to be the most interesting comment of the entire exchange.

I had enough at this point and told him he needed to leave or I was calling the police. Thankfully he finally got that memo I sent. He walked to the door and left leaving me with one more thing, TRUTH. MY TRUTH. Knowing that everyone has their own truth and beliefs. No one right and no one wrong in the eyes of truth. He believed what he was saying so passionately that, to him, it was truth. I didn’t particularly believe what he was preaching and felt as if it was quite an aggressive way to express his message, however, I honored his path, to a degree, of him overstepping boundaries. That is MY truth.

The one thing I am certain about is that there is a higher power greater than our own and we live on ONE world and we are destroying it and each other by thinking everyone needs to be living our truth. What is your truth? Do you feel so passionately about it that you would harm another for it? Do you even know your own truth?

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    1. I’m not 100% sure I understand what you are asking. I think the symbols and my answers to his questions played a part.

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      1. I mean to say “did he think that it didn’t matter that you believed in Jesus and Jesus’s message because of things about your character (he believed), demonstrated (from his perspective) by what you happened to be wearing? (the symbols)”

        There is a lot of confusion wrapped up in dogma due to people adding things about Jesus and Jesus’s ministry
        When we move away into judgment, we are missing the full message of Jesus, which includes things like “love your neighbor as yourself” and “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”

        Yes, Jesus threw tax collectors out of the Temple but he welcomed them right back into the company of his brethren as soon as they changed their ways
        It is not without forgiveness that Jesus threw his temper tantrums

        That is to say “burn in hell for all eternity” is not a truth definitely, but a dogmatic projection of what some believe will happen

        I know one thing for sure and that is that beliefs shape a person’s world but when Jesus uttered his messages of peace, he said them in regards to everyone, even those who wear strange pendants (like the Pharisees) and those who were judgmental of others

        And, closing with some words from Matthew…

        “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

        One of my favorite writers of all time 😉

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