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"The real Jesus"

"The Truth" is a small branch of Christianity that began in Ireland at the end of the 19th century and lost memory of its origin sometime before the middle of the 20th.

While the church "didn't have a name," we called it the Truth amongst ourselves.

There is discussion amongst those who have gotten away from this church about whether it is a sect or a cult. The difference, of course, is arbitrary — as is that between "religion" and "sect." While the traditional criterion might be membership numbers, the debate in this case hinges upon the church's fidelity to or variance from the dictates of the Bible.

"The Truth" sticks pretty closely to the Bible. Aside from their hymn-book and a Bible-study list, the "Good Book" is their only literature.

But the assumption — unchallenged — always seems to be that the Bible is the final arbiter, and that somehow this church (or some other) has gone awry by some arbitrary misinterpretation of the Scriptures, which are presumed able to best advise. The assumption is that the Bible is true. And that is clearly not the case.

The Truth is as Christian as any church. It is based pretty strictly upon the same ideas. The idea that the "real Jesus" is to be found elsewhere seems like evidence of a lesson unlearned.