Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. These are famous and oft quoted words in Christianity. Truth and freedom are somehow connected in the message of Jesus.
In institutional Christianity, knowing the truth is often reduced to some sort of intellectual awareness of certain biblical facts and their theological implications. For example- Jesus died and resurrect historically and if you believe these historical facts and acknowledge of affirm their theological significance, you will become free from God’s wrath. That is a basic synopsis of Christian Orthodoxy’s view of truth, knowing, and freedom.
Church knowing is dependent on a teacher and proper logic. This way of knowing comes from outside of the hearer and leaves that hearer at the mercy of highly fallible elements. Experienced truth evolves from the inside and is confirmed by the hearer without external aid. He or she can know autonomously and intuitively, separate and apart from the uncertainty of human interventions. It is the very knowing of Hebrews 8:11.
An alternative definition of truth would be that which works to deliver the promised result. This truth is not known exclusively by logical exercise but rather by seeing what is functionally correct. Under this paradigm, truth is never known until its effect has been demonstrated on a personnel level. The experience of freedom and salvation connected with the truth is its very confirmation.
This freedom is much greater than Orthodoxy’s sense of freedom. It includes the absence of fear, guilt, conflict, and inadequacy. It is freedom in the grandest measure.
Intellectually known truth expands the hat band. Experienced truth transforms one’s life.