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The difference between fact and truth

By Victoria Ball-Perry Fruit of the Vine

August 26, 2014

I want to compare two words that are very similar to each other and try to explain the difference in those two words the way that the Lord has shown this to me. The first word is ‘fact’ – the dictionary defines the word ‘fact’ as “something that actually exists.” The second word is ‘truth’ – the dictionary defines the word ‘truth’ as “the true or actual state of a matter.” I want to use Romans 3:4 which says, “Let God be true, but every man a liar;” as the basis of my writing. I also want to use Romans 4:17 which says, “God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;”


I am writing about faith today, the kind of faith that moves mountains. Mark 11:23-24 says, “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” I want to write about the kind of faith that is mentioned in Romans which says, that God calls things that do not exist as if they already do exist. If we can believe the things that we are praying about have already happened by faith, and we begin to thank God for those things, then that is using the kind of faith that Paul was writing about.


If I am sick and I am praying to be healed that does not change the ‘fact’ that I am sick. However, the Bible says in I Peter 2:24 “ Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” Then the ‘truth’ is that I am already healed because God’s word says so. Therefore, I can call myself healed and begin to praise God that His word is working in my body and choose to believe that I am already healed. Does that make me a liar or does that prove Romans 3:4 to be accurate that every man should be a liar and that God and His word is true?


The same principle can be used in financial situations. The ‘fact’ may be that you are broke and unemployed but we know the ‘truth’ is found in Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” We can also learn the ‘truth’ in 3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” If I am praying for a job or for a financial need then I have to realize that according to the Bible that the ‘truth’ is that my needs are already met and God wants to prosper me. I can now begin to praise Him that these prayers have been heard and by faith are already answered.


We cannot walk by what we see, feel or even hear; we have to walk by faith and by what God’s word declares to be true. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight:” The very definition of faith according to Hebrews 11:1 is “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Being a Christian and reading and believing the Bible to be the true word of God requires us to have faith and to use faith to please God. Hebrews 11:6 proves this by saying, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”


The reason that this column is bearing so heavily on my heart is that my husband was one of the many coal miners in this region that was recently laid off. His lay-off has definitely put a financial strain on our household. I have a choice now. I can choose to live with the ‘fact’ that he is unemployed right now or I can choose to believe the ‘truth’ that this is only a temporary setback and that God will open a door for him to be employed in the very near future. I choose God’s word. I choose to believe that all of my needs are met. I choose to believe that our financial situation is turning around and that God is going to bless and prosper us. In fact, if I really act on God’s word, I can go ahead and give thanks and praise to God for his job and for our financial blessings.