From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

“Dr. Peck’s third element of discipline is Dedication to Truth.  “What is truth?” (Pontius Pilate, A.D. 29; <st1:bcv_smarttag>John 18: 38).  If we are to be dedicated to something, we ought to know (at least!) what that something is!  We are encouraged by our Lord Jesus, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8: 31-32).  The Hebrew word for truth is ’emeth’, and is characterized as a feminine noun, signifying personification, that is, “this is our role, this defines the content of our character”.  It means: firmness, stability, sureness, faithfulness, continuance, enduring, trustworthy, steadfast, honest, certain.  NOTE that the Hebrew approach to the definition is to list the characteristics or attributes of the truth.  This is a different approach as contrasted with the Greek way of defining a word.  The Greek word for truth is `aletheia’.  The Greek definition for this word is “The unveiled reality lying at the basis of and agreeing with an appearance; the manifested, the veritable essence of matter.”  NOTE also that the Greek definition describes the functional, dynamic nature of the subject word, truth, as opposed to listing the characteristics of the ‘truth’, as does the Hebrew.  The seeming fundamental philosophical differences in the two approaches are not substantial, are in fact, illusory.  This can be demonstrated in that they may be combined to provide disciples with useful insights into what the ‘truth’ is, and thus enable a working understanding of the truth.  This understanding will, in turn, lend itself to the development of a practical approach to being dedicated to truth.”

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