What is Truth?
An important question! Some tend to avoid and suppress this question by saying, ‘No one knows. Just live truthfully.’ But how do you live truthfully if you don’t know the truth? You might be believing the lie.
Can anyone know the truth? Often you hear people say, ‘It might be true for you, but it’s not true for me.” But when it comes to asking, ‘where do I come from, why am I here, and where am I going?’ this does not apply. You can have your opinions, but opinions might not be the truth. Truth is by nature universal and objective, no matter what I think or what I may feel.
It reminds me of a note one man sent me on New Years’ Day some years ago, “Difficulty to locate the truth. Truth is behind the darkness.” He gave expression to a question that eats away in the hearts of many, “Can anyone know?” It’s like groping in the darkness; plunging into a moral and spiritual abyss. It’s like being stuck in the quicksand, sinking down, down, down. There is nothing to stand on, to be certain about; except death and taxes.
Three questions: everyone seeks to answer three questions, whether he realizes or not: 1] What is real? 2] How do I know what I know? And, 3] How do I live my life? We might not be able to articulate it. We might not have it written on paper. But your view of God, the world and yourself gives answer to these questions.
Can these questions be answered with certainty? Indeed!
Who defines the truth? The problem is not philosophical but relational. When God made man, God did not hide Himself from man. Man was in the light. This light was life. Man knew the truth. But, because of sin, man hid from God. Man exchanged the truth for the lie.
The problem is that man’s relationship with God is broken. God did not send a philosophy; in His love, He sent a Person, His Son Jesus, into the world. We cannot find the truth. But God has revealed the truth to mankind in Jesus. He is the way, the truth and the life!
By believing in Him, we come to know the truth. Jesus Himself says, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Jesus is the answer to this most important question.