Truth is …

Written by Bernard Adjei-Poku.

“Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are you a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone one who is of the truth hears My voice” (NIV) John 18:37

Until I began thinking thoroughly about the question “What is truth?”, I didn’t know it was such an enigma. People have different perspectives about what truth is. Some think it is about saying “what you’ve seen”. So, I ask, how about what you’ve not seen? Others think it is the “explanation of a lie”. In fact, that is very philosophical but the quandary is, we would have to know what a lie is before we can know the truth; compounding the problem. Still, others think that truth is relative, depending on one’s point of view – meaning, there would not be any standard to measure what is truth. Due to these, some people even agree that “white lies” are permissible. So, what is truth? Can we have answers?

Truth is elusive to even great world leaders like Pilate when Christ told him that He had come “… to bear witness to the truth”. Pilate rhetorically interjected, “what is truth?” (John 18:32-37). He neither believed Christ was a king nor there was any through anywhere.

But what is this truth that Jesus Christ talked about? He said, “Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice”. The Scriptures make it succinctly clear that He spoke of God (John 8:14-18; 42-47). God the Father is truth (Deut. 32:4); Jesus Christ is “… the truth …” (John 14:6); the Holy Spirit of truth would lead us into all truth (John 16:13); and the word of God is the truth (John 17:17; 1 Peter 1:23). These shows that truth is inherent in the very nature of God.

Truth therefore is that which is consistent with the mind, will, glory and being of God. This includes that which was, is and will be. Reality is truth because God has permitted that it be in Christ for His glory (Rev. 4:11). Nothing hides before God. Therefore, whatever is consistent with His knowledge (mind) is truth. So, you see, saying things, as they are means we're, are affirming the very existence and nature of God. Likewise, we deny God by lying. Now, let us decide … whether we affirm or deny God in our lives at all times! May we be faithful unto death, for we shall receive the crown of life. Amen.

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