What is Truth?
I am astounded by those who believe The current New Age, post modern or whatever you want to call it notion that Truth can be considered relative. To my mind this is tantamount to saying mathematics is relative. 1+1 may = 2 to you, but to me it equals 3! Ludicrous! Yet this convenient thinking is now widespread.
Pilate must have had this sort of mindset. Even as Christ, The Truth, stood before him, he rejected Him and resigned himself to the lie that Truth is unknowable. “What is Truth,” he spat, and turned his back on God (John 18:38).
But Truth must come to us by Faith. It can be bolstered by reason, but ultimately the final step into It, allowing it to support one’s full weight, that step is a step of faith.
We may believe a thing to be true because upon examination we reason it to be true. But already we have made a gross assumption – we have assumed the reliability of reason. But human reasoning is not at all reliable. It can be skewed by sleeplessness, by too much alcohol, by insufficient or incorrect information, inaccurate prior assumptions, the finitude of the human mind, i.e. our capacity to comprehend, the limitations of memory, computational error, bias, prejudice, rage, or passion.
Faith is far superior.
When I look around at Creation — “When I consider your heavens… the moon and the stars…” (Ps. 8:3) — what I see compels me to believe there is a Creator. Indeed when I look only deep within the complexities and workings of my own body — “…I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Ps. 139:14) — it too testifies to my Creator.
Such a God is certainly loving, indeed “God is love” (1 John 4:8,16). He would desire to communicate that love to us, and He has “…we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. …and so we know and rely on the love God has for us.” (1 John 4:14,16). To know and rely upon that, that is Truth. We have been misled. Truth is found not through the intellect, but through the heart: “…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart…” (Rom. 10:9).
You see, “What is Truth?” is the wrong question. The accurate question is this, “Who is Truth?” and Jesus gives us the Answer: “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).
To Him we may bring all other questions. In our hearts He will speak to us by His Holy Spirit, Who, as He promises each believer, “will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:13). Not all at once, but step by step, so as to keep our dependency upon Him. “We walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Cor. 5:7).
This is a hard truth to learn. Surrounded by our cities, staring at our screens it is easy to think we are our own creators – and the devil is eager to keep us so busy or distracted that we seldom consider otherwise. But the Truth IS, and that one Truth is Christ. Know Him today before you must face Him tomorrow.
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