“Jesus answered, ‘To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.’ Pilate saith unto him, ‘What is truth?“‘ -John 18:37-38a
This post will take a look at the age old question, “What is truth?”
To start, we will look at Noah Webster’s definition of truth:
TRUTH, n. 1. Conformity to fact or reality
Conforming to reality. That’s about the farthest away from today’s definitions of truth you will get. Ask someone today what truth is, and you’ll get a variety of answers. Amazingly, some even say that there isn’t any truth. Or, that truth is relative to that particular person. They don’t believe in absolute truth. They don’t believe that something is wrong or that something is right. If you tell them that they are sitting on a watermelon when they are sitting on a chair, people who believe in relative truth will tell you “that that is ok. You can believe what you want to. It’s true for you.” *Now, just a bonus “tip,” if someone ever says that there is no absolute truth, ask them if they are absolutely sure. It’s self contradicting.*
The absurdity (not to mention the contradictions) here is incredible. Through the note above, we’ve taken down this viewpoint from a worldly view. But, let’s take a look at it from a Biblical view. Before I wrote this, I got on BibleGateway.com and typed in the word truth for the KJV. Wanna guess how many matches came up? 224. That’s right- there are 224 mentions of truth in the Bible, and this doesn’t even include Biblical principles about truth. The world outside of the Bible has no grounds for truth. No grounds for morality. Why? Because if that’s the case, we are just trying to survive by any means we can. As Christians, however, our standard for truth is the Bible. See what the Bible says about truth:
“Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.” -1 Sam 12:24 KJV
“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.” -Psalm 25:5 KJV
“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness.” -Eph 6:14 KJV
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” -2 Timothy 2:15
“Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.” -John 5:33 KJV
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” -John 8:32 KJV
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” -John 17:17 KJV
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” -John 1:14 KJV
As we see at the verse at the top, Jesus came to testify to the truth. He said that God’s “word is truth (John 17:17). We have two options here. We can go with the world’s view of truth (relative), or God’s truth the Bible. If we diligently seek the truth, we will find it and be set free by Him. God has a standard for truth, and it’s the Bible. That is how we will be judged before His throne. Us vs. the Bible, the Lord, and truth. We need to go to the Bible to understand what truth is, its nature, and how to find it.
So, what is truth? I’ll give you a couple hints: Jesus came to testify of it, and God wrote it. The truth is God’s Word, and God’s Word alone.