Every river or stream has a source, an origin, a headwater, a fountainhead. For instance, if you could get on the Arkansas River, and travel upstream across the plains, through Royal Gorge, and into the mountains of central Colorado, you'd find the headwaters or fountainhead of the Arkansas to be somewhere near Leadville, Colorado, the highest town in the U.S. at over 10,000 feet above sea level.
People draw water out of the Arkansas, and the geological basin that it drains. It is easy to imagine that the water that is drawn is not any better than than the water that flows from its fountainhead, since it picks up sediment, dissolved minerals, and effluent on its course downstream until it merges with the Mississippi somewhere on the eastern border of Arkansas.
Concern about the drinkability of the water drawn leads people to purify or treat the water before it is used. The closer one is to the fountainhead of the Arkansas, the less treatment is required since fewer pollutants have had a chance to join the river on its trip from the mountains to the sea into which it flows.
It is nice to imagine a camp site somewhere in the mountains of Colorado where one could drink from the fountainhead of the Arkansas straight from the stream, in all of its natural purity.
Truth is by definition pure. If you found some thing that claimed to be true, and you found impurity or error in it, you'd say it wasn't pure, it wasn't truth. You'd have to either find some way to clean it, or go looking higher upstream, if you hadn't worn yourself out already. 'Tis easier and better to keep traveling upstream with regards to the truth.
According to Jesus Christ, God's word is truth.
- He did not say that about the news or entertainment programs you see on T.V.
- He did not say that about the periodicals you read.
- He did not say that about the most revered novels, literature, and artistic works of mankind.
- He did not say that about the philosophical musings of the most intelligent people in the world.
- He did not say that about the esteemed works of scientists and mathematicians, great or small.
- He did not say that about the teaching of the best religions and denominations in the world.
- He did not even say that about the teaching of those who were responsible to teach God's word in Israel while he was first here.
He said that about God's word.
If you really want to find truth, then, like Jesus Christ, you'll have to go to the fountainhead of all truth, God himself, who has graciously and ever so kindly revealed himself in his word. If you want to know and acknowledge the truth, you'll have to follow in the steps of Jesus Christ, a man who walked perfectly before God in the truth, and who went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed of the devil.
God desires that you know the truth. You may as well desire it too. He promises eternal life (and many more things) to those who believe it. There is no good thing that He will withhold from you.