What Is Truth?
I want to share with you something I believe is of great importance to the time we are living in. In a discourse with Jesus in John 18:38, Pontius Pilate asks an astounding question that is ringing in the world and the church today and that is this; “What is truth?” In our society there is and always has been since the inception of time a battle for truth. Today, in our society, we have what is called situational ethics versus absolute truth. Situational ethics says that truth is relative, depending on the circumstances and situations, the culture, the generation, etc. What was true 20 or 30 years ago may not be true today. There really is no right or wrong, it just depends on your interpretation and state of mind at the time of your actions.
Situational ethics says, “if it feels good, then do it.” There are no consequences. I want to tell you that everything in life has consequences. Deuteronomy 30:19,”I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life that your and your seed my live.” Galatians 6:7, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap.” Both scriptures tell us that our destiny is yet to be determined, and that that destiny is not up to God but up to us. If we sow to the flesh we will of the flesh reap corruption. If we sow to the Spirit wee will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. Your destiny for all time and eternity is determined by the choices you make today. And grace says that if we made bad choices yesterday then we can change our destiny by making right choices today.
Absolute truth, on the other hand, is something that is dynamic – meaning it never changes. No matter what age, people, society, culture – it is always true. The frightening consequences of rejecting absolute truth is accepting and believing a lie. It is also a fact that half-truths are lies. Eighty percent truth, ninety percent truth, or ninety-nine percent truth is still not absolute truth and therefore is a lie.
Through the years we have one constant, one dynamic of absolute truth that has passed the test of time and that is God and His Word. Up to this day the conflict continues between the philosophy of man versus God’s absolute truth. – The Bible. The litmus test for God’s absolute truth is that it liberates people in all aspects of their life. John 8:31-32, “If you continue in my word, then you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Verse 36 of John 8 says, “whom the Son sets free is free indeed.” It is freedom to be what God intended us to be. God’s absolute truth empowers us to be sons of God after the Son of God. When you have absolute truth you will have all the power you need. Actually we already have all the power we need. It is a truth encounter that the church needs not a power encounter. In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.”
I am concerned about the attitude of the church concerning the absolute truth today. Christians have adopted the philosophy of situational ethics today. Preachers don’t call “sin” sin anymore. People make a profession of faith and then live like the world. Some have made a profession of faith and make their weekly duty and live a good life, don’t hurt anybody and think they are going to heaven. What’s the difference between them and religious people that do the same and never “prayed a prayer”? Friends, it’s time to choose life, the life of living and serving Jesus Christ in the absolute truth the way that the Bible has laid out for us. The only true freedom is spiritual freedom which affects our soul life and what we do with our bodies. It is life as God would have it. Overflowing life and that life in abundance.