What is Truth?

Is there such a thing as “absolute truth?” Can we know it; and what would be its source? The “relativity of truth” has been the rule of the day for well over a century of post-modern thought. Surely, only the most rock-ribbed fundamentalists still believe in the concept of absolute truth. The majority of folks today are much more enlightened thinkers than they… Should we not follow the instruction of the many gifted scholars and philosophers who have led the masses out of the Dark Ages? Where would we begin to discern otherwise?

What is truth?” This was Pontius Pilate’s reponse to Jesus’ statement, “…to this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice (John 18:37).” So, what is truth? If we study this thing out, we will discover there is nothing modern about post-modern thought concerning truth… Man has questioned truth since his very beginning; indeed, it was upon hearing Satan’s words to Eve, “Hath God said?” that we first see mankind questioning the Creator’s witness unto the truth.

Post-modern thought attempts to instruct us that “all truth is relative;” there is only truth that is true to you at this particular place and time… And your belief of what is true can in no wise diminish what another person believes to be true, even if those two beliefs are diametrically opposed to one another. If that is to be accepted at face value, then there are over seven billion perceptions of truth on the earth at this time; and new ones “coming online” every single day! That being the case, there is no absolute truth, for anyone, anywhere, at any time…

But something within us; something within the very core of our being knows that cannot be accurate, it cannot be reality… If every one of those seven billion plus individuals actually lived their lives as if there was no Truth, the world would be in absolute chaos. Look at what public intellectual Neil Postman had to say about what postmodern thought in the information age has brought us:

“Like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, we are awash in information, without even a broom to help us get rid of it. The tie between information and human purpose has been severed. Information is now a commodity that is bought and sold; it comes indiscriminately, whether asked for or not, directed at no one in particular, in enormous volume, at high speeds, disconnected from meaning and import. It comes unquestioned and uncombined, and we do not have… a loom to weave it all into fabric. No transcendent narratives to provide us with moral guidance, social purpose, intellectual economy. No stories to tell us what we need to know, and especially what we do not need to know.” (Neil Postman, “Science and the Story We Need; First Things 69, January, 1997.)

Not even the criminally minded can long live their lives with no moral compass whatsoever; much less those of us who desire lives full of purpose and meaning. There is indeed something there; something that often feels just beyond our grasp to fully comprehend; something that is transcendent in its very nature. That something is Truth, the truth of the Biblical Metanarrative; the truth of God’s Word to Man… People from every culture and every walk of life live by it every day; even those who would never claim to believe a word of it. We really cannot do otherwise, we are hard-wired; in the core of our being we know this is how life is to be lived… When we live according to God’s Truth, life works; and when we do not, it does not work well at all. This is an absolute, and we have all experienced the validity of it, whether we have ever given credence to its Author or not…

This is the main reason people often say that all religions are at their core the same. “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself;” it works in every culture and every period of time… it works because it is Truth! And so it is with all those other declarations found in the Word of God; they work… Some are indeed more difficult to comprehend; some are more difficult to apply to our lives; and some we may not be able to grasp their significance this side of Eternity. It should not surprise us that our finite minds cannot fully comprehend an infinite source of Truth…

Do not let the pundits of postmodernism lead you into the lukewarm waters of moral relativism… Remember, B.S can mean more than a Bachelor’s Degree… M.S can mean “more of the same,” and PhD can also mean “piled higher and deeper!” Multiple degrees, by themselves, will not lead anyone to truth… There is Absolute Truth, and it can be known by even the simplest among us. Indeed, the Author of Truth has declared that, “ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).” Do not give up on your pursuit of truth; never settle for anything less than full disclosure and understanding. Remember, “the Spirit of Truth, is come, (and) he will guide you into all truth… John 16:13 (parenthetical mine).”

3 thoughts on “What is Truth?”

  1. “Thy word is truth.” Great article to remind us to make sure that we don’t get swept up in relative truth. It is not about what I think is right or what sounds right to me. What does God say. Thanks Whit for your dedication in fighting for the faith.

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