Facts and truth both represent information. But there is a big difference between these two types of verifiably “correct” data.
Facts represent dead data while truth is information that is spiritual or living. This is why factual data is often called the “cold, hard facts,” or the “bare” facts. Facts are simply empty forms of data without a “soul.” Truth, however, is a form of information that contains goodness.
This can best be demonstrated by the unique operation of human intellect that works on various distinct levels.
The human memory is a receptacle of information and knowledge. In other words, we fill our memory with information just like a pail can be filled with water. But going deeper, information can be “filled” as well, and become a vessel for something more dynamic and alive. An analogy of a living element being added to information is similar to the water in a bucket being put to some further use—like providing a small habitat for some living fish.
Information can serve some good just as water can be put to additional use. This is why we seek knowledge—to ultimately serve some purpose, that is, put into some useful action. This utility makes the information in our minds take on new life and serve some good. When data is given life through purpose and promoting the common good, it becomes TRUTH.
While memory is a receptacle of data, truth is a receptacle of good. A “fact” becomes “truth” if it serves some good. Through application and service, facts become living ideas (a good of life). So spiritual love (good works) is the living essence that inhabits forms of truth.
This has spiritual consequences.
From a theological perspective, what we love disposes what we know into a belief system of values. Unused information or empty data that has merely accumulated in our memory, but not assimilated into our life and value system, dies and fades away with the death of the physical body.
In the spiritual world, only the information that we have made true and useful during our lives continues to live on with us. Which can be either good or bad news. Those in hell represent individuals who have acquired knowledge solely for the sake of reputation and personal gain rather than from a spiritual principle of love—motivated by serving the common good and love of the neighbor. Such individuals have contorted their knowledge into vehicles for hatred, vengeance, greed, and stand in opposition to all God’s living truths.