Friday, February 26, 2016

What is truth?

This is a famous, perhaps rhetorical question asked by Pilate a long time ago recorded in John 18:38.
Why did Pilate say this?  Perhaps things are not so different now as they were back then.

Today we live in the so called “information age” with the advent of the internet, maybe it should be dubbed the “disinformation age”.  What frustrates me about this supposed great resource is that it can be hard to find truth.  For just about every topic researched there is conflicting and often contradictory information found. This brings doubt and confusion.  Even things we may have been taught since childhood come into question if one looks into it.  We are trained to accept any and everything taught from those in “authority” without questioning it.  But when someone does question these things, if we don’t just first outright reject what is said but listen to the evidence, it can bring confusion to what the actual truth of the matter is.  (Prov 18:17)

There are many examples I could list from small to great, try research almost any historical topic and see for yourself.  Don’t just read one article or source or only ask one person but dig a little.  It won’t take very long to find contradictory results.

Why is this so?  Why does disinformation, conspiracies, hoaxes and scams abound?  I recently watched this YouTube video which states everyone lies, multiple times a day and makes it seem normal, common and vogue.  This perspective breeds more of the same and does not encourage integrity but results in mistrust and contempt which undermines community.

We know from the Bible that Satan is the father of lies.  What this means is that if we lie we are following his example and bear the likeness of Satan himself.  Do we consider that liars are children of Satan?  Rev 21:8 tells us that the final destination for liars (among other unsavory folks) is the lake of fire.

We should examine ourselves, for if we are truthful, would we be found liars?  If so is there any hope then?  There is only one way out of this pit.  That way is Yeshua (Jesus)!  We must follow Him because he is Truth.  Let’s examine the two preceding verses to Pilots question for some insight:

John 18:36-37 Jesus replied, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my servants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” Then Pilate said, “So you are a king!” Jesus replied, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world – to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

So to be people of integrity we must listen to and obey Yeshua (Jesus), for only in Him do we find Truth.  As we follow Him, we will be like Him and belong to the truth.  We will end the confusion of this world and no longer be deceived by the father or children of lies.

John 14:6 Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me. 

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