What Is truth

May 22, 2019

In the Bible, according to the account of Jesus’s beloved disciple John, it is recorded that when Pilate was interrogating Jesus, Pilate asked Jesus if He was a king.  Jesus replied in John 8: 37 “…I was born for that purpose.  And I came to bring truth to the world.  All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.”

Pilate then replied, “What is truth?”

The New Testament was translated from the Greek.  The Greek meaning for this word truth meant something revealed and no longer concealed.

In John 14: 6, Jesus declares, “ I am the way, the truth and the life”.

In John 8: 31 – 32 Jesus declared,  “You are truly my disciples if you keep obeying my teachings.  And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

What is truth?  Pilate may have asked Jesus that question over 2000 years ago but if there was ever a time to ask that question again it is today.  

For many centuries, the truth was based upon the teachings recorded in the Bible.  However today there has been many successful efforts to remove the Bible from schools, municipal buildings, court houses, homes and even in some churches.  My question is this: if we ignore the teachings of the Bible, where then is our source of truth?

Truth today seems to be determined by legislation, the opinions of influential or powerful individuals, political or social groups who exert great pressure upon our legislative leaders.  What was once accepted as truth has now become illegal.  What was once accepted as being wrong, not only by God, but by the majority of the people is now legal.  

Just because a state legislature declares it is legal to kill a baby after it is born does not make it right.  There are so many other things that have been declared right that are absolutely wrong and so many things that are right that have been legally declared wrong.  

Isaiah 5: 20 declares “Destruction is certain for those who say that evil is good and good is evil; that dark is light and light is dark…”

If Jesus said He is the way, the truth and the life, then those who oppose Him oppose the only way, the only truth and the true life.  Jesus declared in John 1: 4 – 5 “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shines in darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.”  Those who deny or oppose Jesus and His teachings of truth call what is dark, light and what is light, dark.  Destruction is sure to follow.

We have already seen the consequences of removing the Bible from our schools.  Shootings, disrespect for teachers, drugs and all other sorts of problems.  Then people have the nerve to say, “where is God”. They threw Him out years ago.  

What will happen to us as a nation if we continue to remove the Lord and His word from our nation?  If people turned back to the Bible they would see that there are grave consequences.  

As Christians we need to pray for our nation, our legislative leaders and those who oppose the only way, the only truth and the only life.  We need to again declare the truth.  We need to go to church and to read our Bibles, so we know the real truth.  We need to bring our children to church because teaching our children the Bible in our homes and in our churches is the only place where they will hear the truth.

What is truth?  Psalm 117 “O praise the Lord, all ye nations; praise Him all ye people.  For His merciful kindness is great towards us: and the truth of the Lord endureth forever.  

Praise ye the Lord.”

- Pastor Jim