Truth and Beauty


Truth versus Facts 

The following comparison has relevance in the context of theological discussion about the truth of the Bible. Scholars believe that many of the biblical narratives are not accurate in every detail – it is not all historical fact. Yet they may still be true as far as divine revelation for humanity. On a metaphorical level may be perceived God’s plan for salvation and the part humans play in that plan.



Based on knowledge and experience, or on speculation. 

Unfolds into a deeper understanding.

Defended with statistics that support position being promoted. 

Cannot be measured and needs no defense

Temporary condition or situation. 

A constant presence.

Subject to change or alteration. 

Immutable, never changing.

Can represent the truth or be based on speculation.

Represents the power and presence
of Spirit

Stimulate the intellect.

Opens the heart.

Begin with a premise that requires more facts to prove a conclusion.

Is the conclusion, the understanding of which colors or clouds facts. 

Can be ignored, resisted or denied.

Must be reckoned with.

Cannot be trusted.

Is always trustworthy.

We live our lives based on facts.

We need to understand the truth about ourselves in order to move beyond the influence of facts.


Reference: Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! Simon & Schuster, New York, 2000.