In the eighteenth chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus tells the Roman governor Pilate, “I have come into the world to bear witness of the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my words.” Pilate responds scornfully – “What is truth?” he asks. For Pilate, as for many today who have bought into the Post-Modernist lie, the idea that anyone could claim to know absolute truth is preposterous. However, Christ has much to say about absolute truth.
“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” But what is meant by the word ‘truth’? Truth is a fundamental reality. Truth IS, whether anyone knows it or not. For example, the statement “one is greater than zero” is a fundamental reality. One IS greater than zero, and it has always been and will always be greater than zero. Even if nobody were ever to recognize this as truth, it would still be truth. This is the kind of truth Christ came to reveal –that which has always been and always will be: eternal, immutable, irrefutable truth.
Truth has several important properties that we rely upon in reasoning. These are such fundamental properties that we tend to intuitively use, but it is helpful to formally state them here for the sake of clarity.
All of these things are true of God’s word. God’s word is consistent; it does not contradict itself. It is universal, since it is “the faith which was once revealed to the saints for all time.” (Jude 1:3) Furthermore, Jesus himself shows us that the Bible can be used in constructive argument. When debating the Sadducees about the resurrection of the dead, He says in Matthew 22:32, “But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?’ God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” Jesus’ argument goes as follows:
Jesus shows us here that we can take the Bible as hard fact; it is a solid ground to base our thinking upon.
The Bible has quite a bit to say about the subject of truth, especially in regards to how we can know what things are true. In John 17:17, Jesus gives the definitive statement about the Bible and its relation to truth. Speaking to the Father in prayer, He says, “Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth.” Christ plainly states here that the word of God is Truth. The Bible is truth because it comes from the God of truth (Isaiah 65:16). The entirety of God’s Word is truth (Psalm 119:160); truth that is both absolute and immutable.
The word of God is the one source which we can completely rely upon; it is the one reliable foundation for our understanding of everything. BY PAUL GAUGAN
“GOD LOVES YOU AND I LOVE YOU AND THAT’S THE WAY IT’S GONNA BE!” – MIKE