What is Truth?
Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
“What is truth?” Pilate asked. (John 18:37b-38a NIV)
“What is truth?” Pilate asked. Was it relative? Was truth whatever Caesar said it was?
“Fact-checking” is what America’s mainstream media (ex. The Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, etc.) offers to the public. They seem happy to point out the less-than-factual claims of Donald Trump. But who fact-checks the fact-checkers? Someone should. They should be subject them to the same scrutiny since their accuracy record is not too good. One conservative member of the broadcast media proclaims he is “America’s truth-detecter.” He claims to be “almost always right”?
Who is the real arbiter of what is true or false? Truth is a person, but not just any person. May I introduce you to Jesus? If you do not know who He is, don’t expect help from Google Home. Google’s smart audio device cannot identify Jesus or God, nor can Amazon’s Alexa. They seem to know everybody else, but when it comes to Jesus or God, they “do not have that information.” So can we trust them to know the truth?
Jesus came for the purpose of testifying to the truth. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
Americans have a dilemma they brought on themselves. They have embraced a multitude of ideologies. Each claims truth is on their side, yet all claims are equally valid. But truth does not take sides, it stands alone as judge. Deceit takes sides. The best we can do is be on the side of truth.
Jesus came to destroy the work of the devil (the deceiver), by testifying to the truth. When the Antichrist comes, he will claim he is “Truth.” Antichrist’s spirit is saturating the globe. The manifestation of it is seen in what comes from the deceiver’s mouth as well as that of the deceived. Jesus warns, “Watch out that no one deceives you” and “See, I have told you ahead of time.” (Matthew 24:4, 25)
Confusing claims of truth witnessed in politics are heard in the Church of Jesus Christ. Proof is the thousands of denominations and different groups. Only one can be true, or possibly none. Truth is not arbitrary.
Any other foundation than Christ is a lie. Yet even a foundation on Christ can be later become a lie. Soon God will judge his household with this question: You started your race, but did you continue in the truth? Every work that presumes to be of Christ will be tested by fire. Judgment on the household of faith is laid out in Revelation 2-3. We must examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith. Contentment comes from Biblical illiteracy or neglect.
Jesus answered the Samaritan woman by saying that her people worshiped what they did not know, yet Jews worshiped what they did know, for salvation comes from the Jews (John 4:22). Samaritans had a faith built on a lie (an idol). Jews were given the truth by God, but they turned from the Scripture and incorporated the lie (idols) instead. Were Jews saved because of their foundation in God or a relationship to Abraham? Many thought so. Were the Samaritans saved because of their sincere devotion to idols? Are we saved because we “prayed once at a church altar?” Salvation entails more than a foundation, it needs a persistent following of the truth.
Salvation is not something we secured in the past and then forgot. Neither is a house ours if we fail to keep it up, or if we default on the mortgage or taxes. Paul taught Timothy. God wants all people everywhere to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. There is one God and one mediator between man and God, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:4)
We must add to our faith, truth, or accept the consequences. Truth is a standard by which we live. Christ is the cornerstone on which to build. The stone Jewish builders with the right foundation had rejected.
If we think we have attained truth, we are mistaken. Truth is based on love, so if we think we know it all but have not love, we have nothing. Truth is Jesus. Eagerly pursue Christ-likeness. Blind guides offer a path with many on it. The way to LIFE is narrow and there are few on it.
What is truth? Only that which comes directly out of the mouth of God. Truth and salvation are mutually dependent. Unless we know who is truth, we will never know “What is truth?”