On Knowing The Truth

August 25, 2014

On knowing The Truth

            In John 18:38, in the Bible, we read that Pilate asked the question, “What is truth?” He asked that question in a moment of consternation, so it’s very possible that he didn’t comprehend how profound his question was.

Many times in life it is extremely important that we know the truth.  When we need to make an important decision it needs to be based on the truth.  Many times in life we too ask the question, what is truth?

In our day we are hearing people say “There is no absolute truth.” When I hear someone say that, I ask “Where did he go to school?” He didn’t learn that from nature.  In the real world, night always follows day and two plus two always equals four.  If someone says there is no absolute truth, it’s certain that his mind has been tampered with by postmodern educators.  The irony of this concept of truth is that they must say, “The only absolute truth is that there is no absolute truth.” Another way of expressing this idea is to say “the truth is relevant.” That means that it has standing in relation to something else.  In other words, you can never be sure if something is true or not.

Those who accept that theory aren’t highly motivated to seek for the truth.  It is easy for them to say, “Why make the effort?  We will never know for sure.” It may be that there are some things we will never know for sure, but that doesn’t negate the fact that there is truth.  It is like asking the question, “If a tree falls in the forest, did it make a noise even though there was no one there to hear it?”

We live in a day when an increasing number of people can’t be trusted to tell the truth.  They don’t hesitate to tell a lie if it is to their advantage.  That is even true of people in authority, like politicians.  Because of that, we more often find ourselves in a situation where we have to search for the truth.  If we know the character of some people we know we can’t trust them.  That leads to a breakdown in society.

Our society couldn’t operate if we universally accepted the theory that there is no absolute truth.  It would be in vain for our court system to try cases if it was impossible to know the truth.  If a criminal said he didn’t commit a crime it would be impossible to convict him in spite of the evidence against him.  We couldn’t make any judgments because we wouldn’t have any truth to base them on.

Thankfully, right thinking people recognize the fact that there is truth.  We need to know where it is and accept it. Jesus said in John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” If we accept his words literally we are set free from drifting on a sea of uncertainty.  We can make intelligent decisions based on what we know to be true.  Christians are at a great advantage because they accept the Bible as revealed truth.  They have fixed moral values regarding what is right and wrong.  Genuine Christians were quick to reject the “situation ethics” theory when it came out some years ago.  If everyone would have rejected it we would have a much more peaceful and ordered society.

The words of Jesus in John 8:32 should also be applied in their theological meaning.  Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  Through him we have direct access to God the Father.  Through him we have forgiveness for our sins.  “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).  Through Jesus we are set free from the bondage of sin.  John 8:33-36 says,   “They answered him, we be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?  Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.    And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.   If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

The Christian world view is an acceptance of the Bible as revealed truth.  It gives us an objective, logical explanation for the world and for life.  It gives purpose and reason for living.  It gives us the promise of a glorious future.  It gives us values that promote an ordered, peaceful society.  The alternate world views, that many have accepted, are contributing to increased chaos.

Young people, be careful where you go to school.  Parents, be careful where you send your children to school.  If they are taught by educators who teach that there is no absolute truth, they will be left on a sea of uncertainty.  They will make foolish decisions in life because they won’t know the truth.

In many areas of life we can know the truth.  It is found in the Bible.  It is found in books written by Christians who accept the Bible as absolute truth.  It is found in churches that teach Bible doctrine.  It is found in colleges whose teachers have accepted the Christian world view. It is found in science books that deal with empirical science; in contrast to those that present evolution as science when it is nothing more than a theory that hasn’t been proven. The truth is there.  You just need to find it and live in the light of it.

Not only must we be convinced that there is absolute truth, we must also be committed to the truth.  Some years ago there was a woman in China whose name was Cheng Nien.  She set an excellent example of what it means to be committed to the truth.  She was an employee of the Shell Oil Company. The communists accused her of being a spy.  She suffered some terrible atrocities at the hands of the Chinese, who tried to force her to confess that she was a spy.  She was a Christian and was committed to telling the truth.  She refused to confess to something that wasn’t true. She was finally released after President Nixon made a trade agreement with the Chinese.  She was later allowed to come to the United States where she told her story in her book, “Life and Death in Shanghai.”  New York, Grove Press 1986

As I write this, Christians in Iraq are being forced to make a decision.  They are given the choice of converting to Islam, paying a huge fine, or death.  Their only other choice is to escape and seek asylum in another country.  If they weren’t committed to the truth of Christianity they would convert to Islam.

“Buy the truth, and sell it not” (Proverbs 23:23).  The truth is valuable.  It is worth making a sacrifice to attain it.  Don’t cheapen it by saying that it’s relative.  You need to be committed to telling the truth, even when it costs you something.  That is what you expect from others and you owe it to them.

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