For most of my life, the common school of thought was that truth is relative. Your truth was your truth depending on your experience and view on that. My truth could be much different. Mine is still valid, of course, even if it conflicts with yours. In college, I started to notice that important schools of thought were becoming mainstream despite clear empirical evidence that they were wrong. It was evident that outcome-based ideologies were based solely on feelings and perceptions rather than fact. Today, we’re seeing this manifest in mainstream schools of thought. This is nothing new. Way back in Jesus’ time, one famous man said, “What is truth?” (John 18:38)
What is truth? Evolution? The Big Bang? Critical Race Theory? While popular, all of these have fatal assumptions that fail tests of honest scrutiny. Yet they not only persist, they grow in popularity. I remember National Geographic once featured a piece entitled, “Why We Lie. The Science Behind Out Deceptive Ways.” One takeaway I recall was that people will believe a lie, knowing full well it is a lie, if it supports their world view. Incredible! Yet we see it all the time.
What Is Truth?
There was a man named Jesus who made an incredible claim about himself.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
Almost everyone rejects that claim. Who wouldn’t, given they way we look at the world. Yet, there is something to be said about a man who was raised from the dead, who was a walking miracle machine, who predicted the future with astonishing accuracy (including the fact that he would be raised from the dead), and who was predicted to be with astounding specificity by many different people hundreds and hundreds of years before.
A man like that deserves to be taken seriously. When he says HE is truth, we need to listen. When he says he is THE truth, we better pay real close attention.
Not Of This World
The man who asked, “What is truth?” was named Pilate, the man who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus, a man who Pilate knew was innocent of the charges brought before him. See what Jesus said when Pilate asked if Jesus was the King of the Jews:
John 18:36-37 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.
I’m telling you, pay attention to this man. He is truth. Trust him.