In the midst of all the political and world event upheavals we are faced with today, who do we trust?
The Greek word for “truth” is aletheia, which literally means to “un-hide” or “hiding nothing.” It conveys the thought that truth is always there, always open and available for all to see, with nothing being hidden or obscured. The Hebrew word for “truth” is emeth, which means “firmness,” “constancy” and “duration.” Such a definition implies an everlasting substance and something that can be relied upon.
When Pilate uttered these words: ” What is truth?”, when he was questioning Jesus at the time of his arrest, that question went “viral” as they say today, for centuries. Philosophers, Clergyman, people of all stripes of life began to formulate their opinions.
That phrase “What is truth?” has virtually created a timeless symposium on that subject matter, which by the way actually streams in meaning from the Latin “A convivial meeting for drinking, music, and intellectual discussion among the ancient Greeks.” One has to admit that we all fall into symposiums of life, when we are faced with making judgement about truth in our life’s circumstances.
It is almost as if “Truth” is something one can define by a personal understanding or something agreed upon by a group of people. Such thinking leads one to establishing truths to live by based on skewed perceptions of the realities of life. If one has no filter to view the realities of life through, then whatever is convoluted by a veiled mind develops untruth into one’s reality and one remains blinded by the lens they choose to look through.
Pilate asked the question, What is Truth? Jesus gave the answer earlier in His ministry, when Thomas, one of the disciples, was asking about knowing the way, that Jesus was going in life. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” Jn 14:6
Notice that Jesus prepared them to know that Truth came through Him. Later on Pilate asked Jesus, basically how to know truth.
Jesus answered. “For this reason I was born and have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice.” Jon 18:37
Christians can only know Truth through the lens of The Scriptures. Scriptures open the truth to us, nothing is hidden, it is absolutely revealed. It is the firm ground we stand on. We cannot trust this world to reveal the Truth and the truths we need to live by. Can we know Truth? Absolutely. Do we trust others? Only if they are grounded in the Word of God. Can we trust God? Who else can we go to, other than the one that is Creator of all things?
The Apostle Peter said it best: “Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours: Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body,” II Peter 1:1-13.
Yes, we simply all are living in temporal bodies and we need to be reminded that we can wrangle and wrestle with “What is Truth?” or trust the Sufficiency of Scriptures to answer our questions in life and to live by the truths that are opened within the pages of the Word of God. We are not casting votes on “What is Truth”, we are instead standing on Truth that has already been established for us in Jesus Christ, the son of the living God.
Rather than asking what is Truth, we should be asking ourselves are we living in the Truth? That Truth is found in the Holy Scriptures, which is sufficient for all things in this life!!