23 December 2015

What Is Truth?

One of the greatest rhetorical lines of all time came not from a movie, nor a poem, or some other work of fiction.

A man with near absolute power in his realm gave what may have been a careless response, which when considered, speaks volumes to popular attitudes and perspectives:

“What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against Him.”

- John 18: 38

“What is truth?”

Throughout the ages, men have compiled information in search for 'truth.'

For a time, certain 'truths' were accepted, until new information or clearer descriptions of the world caused an adjustment to the perception of truth or a complete edit of the definitions searching for truth.

Is it 'true' the sky is blue on a bright and sunny day?

Who could argue with the view of a blue sky from anywhere on earth?

But is it 'true' that the sky is blue?

Yes and no.

It is an optical illusion caused be several factors in an atmosphere full of various elements (as men would explain).

To the casual observer, it is blue and there is no argument... but when looking further into it, the truth is not so easily explained.

So what caused a man named Pilate ask such a question?

“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Yeshua answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me.”

- John 18: 37

Consider a world where the establishment that men have built for themselves always explains a world according to their perceptions, but not as reality would explain it.

How would you argue with a world that accepts things according to what is seen (a blue sky) and not 'what' causes a sky to appear blue?

You wouldn't.

You would instead live at peace and love all people despite their misunderstandings, their attitudes and their hostility to the truth as you know it and the truth as they see it.

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Yeshua answered, “I Am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

- John 14: 5-6

You would aim to honestly live in the Truth.

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