“What is truth?” – Pilate (John 18:38)
The United States Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston, was adopted by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1776.
It begins with the words “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It ends referencing “…a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence…”
Truth which is “self-evident” requires no proof or reasoning. It’s assertion is obvious. If I say “The house is bigger than its bathroom,” I really don’t need to take measurements and show you mathematically that this is true. It is obviously true since the bathroom is only a part of the house the whole house must be bigger than the part of it. I don’t need to show my work!
The authors of the Declaration of Independence are stating that since God is the Creator and since God is just and true He would not show favoritism to any of His creatures and therefore His creatures also ought not show favoritism of one over another. All men are created equal — that is self-evident based on the Nature of God our Creator.
Truth by definition must be absolute and universal… consistent with itself across time and space. The belief that truth is relative (i.e. that what is true depends on the individual) cannot stand. As Sunday’s message cited Ravi Zechariah’s logic, the assertion that “all truth is relative” is in direct conflict with itself. If “all truth is relative” then so must be the statement that “all truth is relative,” otherwise that assertion would be claiming to be absolute, which is what it denies. However, if the statement “all truth is relative” is itself relative, then it admits that at times all truth is not relative, but absolute, which is illogical and impossible. Therefore the premise cannot stand. It is self-defeating.
Like it or not, there is an ultimate standard, there is Truth and a moral law. – And it is by these that we all shall be judged. We stand before a very real God with very real standards and requirements. None of us can of ourselves meet His Standard, for His Standard is Holiness (Heb. 12:14). We need His Son Christ Who stands in our place, His Holy Spirit Who leads us into all truth, and the mercy of our Heavenly Father Who embraces us and transforms us into His Likeness.
“I am… Truth…” – Jesus (John 14:6)