Pilate said to Him, "What is truth?" (John 18:38).
This ancient question has plagued the mind of man throughout history. Great philosophers spent their lifetimes pondering and attempting to answer that one question.
Plato, for example, reasoned that the supreme thing in the universe was idea, pure and untouched by matter. Just as man used ideas to mold matter, so the divine creative principle of the universe used ideas to mold the universe.
Hegel reasoned that the universe is like man. The processes in the universe are the same processes, on a larger scale, which we find in the mind of man. In other words, man is the pattern of which the universe is the complete realization. Another way of saying it is that man is the universe in miniature.
Schopenhauer found man's will to be supreme. Man wishes, wills to do, make, or have something. This drives him into action and results in a changed environment. As with man, so the universe. Will is the fundamental principle of the creative universe. All nature is an expression of will.
Truth has evaded man through the centuries because man insists upon determining truth by his own logic. It is difficult for the mind of man to understand and accept that truth is not a condition, nor a philosophy, nor a state of being. At the moment, we live in a world of rebellious skepticism which argues that truth is relative. When we take that position, God's truth ceases to exist for us, it loses its meaning.
The skeptic tries to make truth subjective when he says, "What is true for you is not necessarily true for me," (Roe vs Wade, in the matter of abortion). In the process, he destroys the standard established by God's universal truth. Without the recognition of God's truth, there is no order in the world because there is no standard upon which to establish order. Without order there are no rules. The result is anarchy, the ultimate product of humanism.
When we say, "This is true," we shouldn't just be giving our opinion, we should be relying upon a universal reality that validates our statement. Regardless of the circumstances, with no exception, that statement is always true.
This brings us to Jesus. Christianity teaches that truth comes through the Person of Jesus Christ. We should not confuse Jesus with the church. Many people have a problem with Jesus because they have a problem with religion. This is understandable because religion is man-made, not God-made; therefore, it is riddled with imperfection and contradiction. But there is neither contradiction nor imperfection in Jesus Christ.
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me." (John 14:6)
"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:32)
"But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth..." (John 16:13)
These are clear, matter-of-fact statements. First, Jesus said that He was the truth. Next, He said that it is possible for us to know the truth. Then He said the Holy Spirit would reveal the truth. One of the jobs of the Holy Spirit is to reveal the truth of Jesus' teachings, His word, which we have in written form.
From this we see that truth is available to us when we turn to the word of God and ask the Holy Spirit for revelation. God's truth then becomes the standard for our way of life.
Truth is a process not a product. Every time we touch it, change takes place. Also, with every touch there is an elusiveness, an awareness that there is much more.
The two men on the road to Emmaus are a good example. (Luke 24:13-53) When they touched the truth, it literally turned them around. Revelation removed their fear and prompted them to return to the heat of the spiritual battle. At the same time, as soon as they touched Jesus, He moved apart so that they had to continue to seek Him.
The Apostle Paul, declared, "That I may know Him." His awareness of the truth in Jesus generated an intensity to know Him completely. He was willing to go through everything Jesus went through, to be with Jesus in eternity.
When we touch truth, we realize it is the only thing of real value, and an insatiable desire is kindled within us for more. Once we touch it, we are marked by it. We can turn our backs on it, or we can rise to the challenge and go on with it, but we are never the same. Regardless of man's philosophy, God's arrangement is that all truth is from Jesus Christ and leads to Jesus Christ. He is the way!
Jesus is King!
P.S. What are you doing of eternal value?
Question for today: How would I explain truth?