What is Truth?

When Jesus testified before Pilate during his trial he spoke of truth. Pilate’s response was “What is truth?” The question still remains today. The philosophy of truth in today’s world is that we are too accept each man’s idea of truth. The result being what is called relative truth, for truth is relative to what any man believes to be truth. However, truth is truth! For I can make a blanket statement that trees bear leaves and it would be true but if I suggest my oak tree has leaves in the middle of winter would that be true? It would seem then that even this truth about trees bearing leaves is relative to the type of tree or the season. However, the truth remains no matter what circumstances surround that truth. Many truths are known to men in our world but many are denied or misrepresented by men because of unknown circumstances that surround that truth or false beliefs.
The real source of truth is God himself as indicated by Isaiah in Isaiah 65:16 “Whoever invokes a blessing in the land will do so by the God of truth; he who takes an oath in the land will swear by the God of truth.” The truth of God has been revealed to us in Christ Jesus as indicated in John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen the glory of the one and only, who comes from the Father, full of grace and truth.” The truth is still revealed to us by the Holy Spirit as Christ indicates in John 16:13 “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you in all truth.” Christ further indicates that God’s Word is a source of truth in his prayer in John 17:17 “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” It is the Lords desire that we know his truth and be set free; John 8: 31-32 “To the Jews who believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” It is completely logical to assume that the Creator of the Universe, God himself, has a complete knowledge of truth and is able to dispense such knowledge to us all. The problem that remains is that our sin clouds such truth from us and we lose the freedom that results from this truth.
The term light in scripture often represents knowledge of truth. Psalms 27:1 refers to God as light, “The Lord is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?” The dispensing of God’s Word gives us light and knowledge; Psalms 119:130 “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” The light is literally our understanding of God’s Word. In fact Jesus Christ is the true source of that light as he proclaims in John 8:12 “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” The problem still remains that man in his sin refuses to see the light of God’s truth; John 3:19-21 “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but man loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by truth comes to the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” Man chooses to remain in darkness concerning truth in order to hide and justify his own shortcomings and sins.
The answer then lies in walking in the light, the truth, Jesus Christ; John 1:9-12 “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” The truth is given through him who made the world, but man has chosen to ignore the truth and make it a lie so that he can justify his own shortcomings and ignorance. He chooses to misrepresent the truth to make the lie seem truthful. – Lowell Schrag

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