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TRUTH

 

 

A young itinerant preacher, Jesus of Nazareth, was arrested and bound over to the Roman government for trial, the predetermined outcome of which was his execution. He was guilty of no crime other than being the object of the envy and hatred of the Jewish leadership, his own countrymen. The Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, understood their motive and was reluctant to play their game. In response to Pilate’s questions, Jesus’ only defense was, “I have come into the world that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears me.” Pilate, deciding that Jesus was determined to give up his life for what he believed was no valid reason, countered in contempt, “What is truth?”[1]

It is the general opinion of our enlightened time that there is no such thing as truth; that all issues and beliefs are relative and nothing is absolute. No one is wrong and no one is right, and all beliefs are held to be equal. No one has a right to value his or her belief higher than the beliefs of anyone else. People would think that Jesus, no matter how sincere he was, was stupid to die for a concept as abstract and meaningless as truth. There is no truth.

There is no truth? Is that right? You cannot answer “yes” because to do so is to state an absolute: there is no truth. If there is no truth it cannot be true that there is no truth because that would be an absolute and there are no absolutes. My friend, to be a modern thinker, you cannot think.

There is truth and this truth is God. God is truth. Robert E. Speer remarks, “Men are not free to hold contradictory conceptions of the same God. If there be any God at all for me, He must be every other man’s God, too. And God is true.”[2] The universe is a real place and there are physical laws that are absolute. Look around and consider planet earth; look outside your window and take in the view. Where did all this come from; why does it exist in the manner it exists with all its interconnected ecosystems that function to support life? The Apostle Paul takes a bold stand on the testimony to truth given by the natural world: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”[3]

Look at the dirt and rocks that make up the surface of our planet. The atheistic evolutionist would have you believe that somehow this inert matter bumped into itself and gave birth to living cells that evolved into bacteria, plants, animals, and eventually man. Think about it. Are you just dirt? Wait a minute; I said “think.” Where did the capacity to think come from; where did feelings of joy, fear, happiness, sadness, pleasure, doubt and all the abstract attributes that make you come from?  Why do you have interests, goals, hopes and desires if you are just dirt? You have a body, which you might explain away as just chemicals and matter bound together; but, where did your mind come from; how can you explain that part of who you are? Where does the knowledge of right and wrong come from and where does that feeling of guilt you hate so much come from?

As you look at the world around you, you see truth because there is a real world there to be seen. You exist and have a mind, and that is truth. The evidence that surrounds your every breath and thought says there is truth.

There is a God and He is the source and authority of all truth. Speer goes on to say, “A true God must will to be truly known by all men.”[4] God has made Himself known in the creation we live in. God has also made Himself known to you in that part of you called the conscience. People can take an intellectual stance that God does not exist; people can just ignore God; but that does not mean God is not there or that there is no such thing as truth.

The creation suggests that God is intelligent. If God is intelligent, it stands to reason that God would communicate with His creation in some manner—especially that part of His creation that has intelligence, such as mankind. God has done this. One manner in which He has communicated with mankind is what we call the Bible. It is not unreasonable to think and to believe that an intelligent God would select certain individuals to set down written records of things he wanted to communicate to us. A second way in which He has communicated with us is through Jesus Christ.[5] In fact, Jesus is a unique person in history because is theanthropos, God come in a human nature. It was important to God that He communicate with man as a man because, as a man, he showed that it was possible for man to know God, to understand God’s will, and to live life according to that will. If Jesus could do it, any man can do it.

There is truth; there are absolutes and all these are centered in the person and will of God. He is truth. And God has made truth known to human kind. The question is, Do you have the integrity to accept the truth God reveals and to let it govern your life?



[1] John 18:37–38.

[2] Torrey, R. A., Editor,  The Fundamentals,  Baker Books: Grand Rapids , MI ,  2008,  Volume II, pages 229–230. (Article by Robert E. Speer: Foreign Missions or World-Wide Evangelism).

[3] Romans 1:18–20.

[4] Torrey, Ibid.

[5] Hebrews 1:1–2.