What is truth?

What is truth?

I’m a Christian because it’s true.  I know, it’s a fairly quaint statement to start with.  You might even be thinking to yourself… “yawn, I’ve heard this before.”  Hopefully you have, but that’s not the point.  If you’re someone who has grown up in the church or been a Christian for some time then you are probably used to thinking in absolute terms such as true/false, right/wrong, and light/darkness.  However, culturally speaking this is not such a simple statement.

We live in a time where we can’t even decide if something is real news or not, let alone discern the truths of God.  At the very best, our culture tends to think that everyone can have their own truth – my truth is good for me, your truth is good for you.  We’ll get along just fine as long as your truth doesn’t impact my truth.  At its worst we think that truth doesn’t exist.  I have a friend who is not a believer, but we like to talk on religious topics.  When the topic of truth first came up her reply was, “Whose truth are you talking about?” Now before you throw in the towel and run for the hills, this isn’t the worst position that someone can take.  The hard part for us humans may be realizing that if each person has their own “truth”, and if God is a person, and if God is truly better, higher, smarter than little old me, then maybe just maybe His truth counts for more than mine. Maybe mine should mirror His.

We aren’t the first people in the history of people to think this way.  In the gospel of John the conversation between Jesus and Pilate, the Roman governor putting Jesus on trial, is recorded.  In the 37th verse of chapter 18 Jesus says: “For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” (emphasis added). Pilate, suddenly morphing into a 21st century millennial replies: “What is truth?” You see, Pilate didn’t understand Jesus’ statement to be of the truth, and to bear witness to the truth any more than my 21st century friend did.  Guess what? People are people, no matter when or where they lived.  God knows this, and He lovingly reaches out to us anyways.

My point today isn’t to convince you of anything, that’s the Holy Spirit’s job after all, and I’d hate to get in His way.  I just want to ask a few questions, and like my Savior, bear witness to the truth.  If Jesus is who He says He is (the Way, the Truth and the Life – John 14:6) and if He conquered death and offers you life, and if He will return in glory to judge the living and the dead – what then? What if it’s true? What if He is truth? Is His truth worth more than yours?

 

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