Have you ever wondered about the “Amen”? Where did it come from and why do Christians say it?
The word “amen” is actually a Hebrew word. It has the idea of “I agree with what was just previously stated. I affirm that to be truth.” So, at the end of a prayer or any statement when you say “amen” you are agreeing with what was just stated claiming that you believe this to be true.
Truth. According to our culture today there is no such thing as absolute truth. We’ve all heard this before. You have your truth, I have mine. In a popular movie one of the main characters makes the statement “there are certain things a man should believe in, whether they are true or not doesn’t matter.” We even have in Scripture Pilate asking Jesus what is apparently an age old question “what is truth?” (Jn 18:38)
This world would have you believe that truth really doesn’t matter bc there is no such thing as absolute truth anyway. But God’s word says differently. Ps 31:5 states that the Lord, Yhwh is the “God of truth”. In Jn 4 Jesus Himself says that the kind of worshipers God desires are those who “worship in spirit and in truth.” He even goes on to claim that He Himself is The Truth! (Jn 14:6)
There are many Scriptures that speak of “truth” as if it actually exists. As believers today we stand against the kingdom of this world and proclaim truth really does exist and we know Him by Name, Jesus the Christ, the Son of the Living God who’s Name is Yhwh.
Have you ever thought about how wonderful and amazing this is? In the midst of a world and culture where values are constantly changing, rules and laws are getting made and broken daily, where what was bad yesterday is good today and what was acceptable to say and wear just last year is no longer in, how good it is to truly know there is a God who does not change. Who’s Word is eternal and who’s truth is from everlasting to everlasting. In the midst of a world that in constantly pushing and pulling- you can know that you stand on solid ground when you are standing on the word of God.
No wonder Jesus said “if you hold to My teachings then you are really my disciples and THEN you will KNOW the Truth and the truth will set you free.” (Jn 8:30-31)