Is truth true? Is reality real? Is evil bad? Is love good?
Yes, yes, yes, and yes, says the Bible, alone of the world’s major sacred texts.
John 18:38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.
John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life...
Genesis 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good….
Ecclesiastes 1:2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
Despite this unfortunate translation – “vanity”, the Hebrew word “Hebel” literally means “breath”. Breath points us to a Breather. Hinduism and Greek philosophy tells us our universe is but an “illusion” (Maya) with no God any more “real”. The Bible tells us to take our work here very seriously, because even though “Heaven and Earth shall pass away”, the work we do here is seed which shall bear fruit which shall never pass away! See, below, how 1 Corinthians 15:58 completes Ecclesiastes’ lesson on “vanity”:
Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33 Heaven and Earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
1 Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.