BILL’S BLOG ENTRY #42

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.”

About THE DISCIPLE

William H. “Bill” Hicks is a graduate of Wesleyan University, BA, Religion, 1971 who also holds a Masters in Public Health Degree (MPH) from the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health (1973). Bill also has studied at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He grew up in Harlem, New York City, USA during the 1950s and 1960s, graduating from high school before attending Mount Hermon Preparatory School and undergraduate school in Connecticut. He has spent most of his professional life in the public health arena, while being constantly in ministry. He received his license to preach the Gospel at Oklahoma City, OK in 1971. He has written extensively on Christian topics. He enjoys life in Chattanooga, TN with former District Public Defender Ardena Garth Hicks, his wife of 30 years. They have two daughters, Rachel (BA, University of Memphis magna cum laude, 2014) and Sarah (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Global Scholar, University of Tulsa, 2017).
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