Perception Is Reality? – Psalm 100:5

Wake Up Call

How well I remember one of the most popular office mantras I used to hear all the time in my old business days: “Perception is reality.” The idea was that it didn’t matter whether something was really true or not because if someone thought it was true, well, it was reality.

I understand the logic behind that. People make decisions based on what they believe to be true. If you are selling a high quality product that is somehow perceived as inferior, people aren’t going to buy it until you change their perception. However the bottom line is that perception is not actually reality.

This is a spin off of the “your truth/my truth” line that has been around for several decades. In fact, as I think about it, it has been around for a lot longer than that. Pontius Pilate said to Jesus; “What is truth?” when Jesus told him he had come into the world to bear witness to the truth. Pilate, the skeptic, didn’t believe there was any such thing as absolute truth.

Today truth seems to be a moving target. Many people think that all belief systems are equal. Some would say that truth changes depending on the circumstances, the times, or the place. They say that however you perceive the truth, that’s reality. God’s answer is; “For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations” (Psalm 100:5). That’s my perception of reality.

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