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What Is Truth?

Every day that goes by introduces a new day filled with news and press conferences. Fake news & corrupt leaders make us wonder, "what is truth?"  There is one truth that hasn't changed.  If you're willing, it can be your compass to the truth.
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Every day that goes by introduces a new day filled with news and press conferences.  Whether it’s on social media or on a news channel, the result is usually the same.  No matter what is said, it gets analyzed and criticized.   Fake news, corrupt politicians and leaders with ulterior motives all make us wonder, “what is truth?”  This question is not new.  Millennials are an entire generation that has been characterized as asking “what is truth, really?”  They say, “Isn’t truth relative to each person?”

There is one thing that hasn’t changed since the beginning.  If you’re willing, it can become your compass to the truth.

Is Truth Relative?

The argument goes something like this.   Truth in the past was that the Earth was flat.  Then truth was that the Earth was round, and that the Sun rotated around it.  Truth was that when I was 5, the Transformers Movie was the most epic of all cinema.  Truth is now, as much as I love the nostalgia, the animation and acting aren’t even worth me sitting through anymore (plus I can’t take one particular scene in that movie.)

While the truth may feel like a moving target based on understanding, it’s a word that’s never meant to be that.  Instead, truth is the only thing you can hold on to in a world with increasingly conflicting messages and questionable sources.  I think on some level we all understand that beneath the cloudiness of events, there is the truth of a situation.  We all want that.  While this may feel like a new existential crisis, it’s not.  This question has plagued humanity from the beginning.

Did God Really Say?

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”Genesis 3:1 NIV

Satan’s strategy is pretty simple and hasn’t changed in thousands of years.  He simply asks us to question what God says.  The question and the thought process aren’t wrong.   You don’t get in trouble from questioning God.   What does get you in trouble is when you assign your motives to God and make decisions based on assumptions.

We Have To Be Willing To Accept The Truth

One day the Pharisees and Sadducees came to test Jesus, demanding that he show them a miraculous sign from heaven to prove his authority. He replied, “You know the saying, ‘Red sky at night means fair weather tomorrow; red sky in the morning means foul weather all day.’ You know how to interpret the weather signs in the sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the signs of the times! Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign, but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah.Matthew 16:1-4 NLT

The Pharisees knew the scripture.  They were witnessing prophecy being fulfilled before their eyes.  However, they didn’t want to believe.   Jesus’ response is amazing.  He tells them basically, “you put your faith in predicting the unpredictable (weather) but you aren’t believing what you can clearly see with your own eyes.”

If you call yourself a believer, it’s time to believe.  I believe we all think truth can be relative because our world has changed so much before our very eyes.  I’m not talking about planet Earth; I’m talking about your personal space.  The world you perceive.   Your perception of what is reality has changed, over and over again.  How can anything be true?  What can you put your faith in?  Again I say, this isn’t a new question.

There is the world’s truth, which is subject to change.  However, there is God’s truth, which never changes.   For you to know the truth, you must accept that it is true.

Know What Truth Looks Like

Pilate said, “So you are a king?” Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” “What is truth?” Pilate asked.John 18:37-38 NLT

In the most epic scenes of philosophy, Pilate stares at the Truth and asks, “what is truth?”   How often are we questioning the truth ourselves?  Is it possible that because we don’t truly know what truth looks like that we have a hard time discerning what it truly is?

The question of “what is truth?” is bigger than some philosophical truth.  Each person experiences life differently and is bound to have opinions.  However, there is one person that is the same yesterday as He is today (Hebrews 13:8), and that’s Jesus.

There is one truth that is unchangeable.  We can’t put our faith in leaders; we can only put our faith in God.  In order to understand what is true, we have to accept that there is only one Truth, and his name is Jesus.   He is unshakable and unchanging.   When we build our lives on that truth, we can discover new truths through His Word and a relationship with Him.

Truth’s Revealed Through Jesus

God calls you His sons and daughters

(John 1:12, Romans 8:14-16, Galatians 3:26, 4:6, 2 Corinthians 6:18)

One of the most transformative truths you can discover is that you aren’t just a follower of Christ.  You are not just another sheep in the crowd.   You are considered a son or daughter.  In order to receive this title of son or daughter, you simply have to accept it.  Truth is accepted as fact and empowers you to act.

You can talk with God

(Jeremiah 33:3,Hebrews 1:1-2,  John 10:27-28,  Romans 10:17, 1 John 1:3)

I wrote about how God speaks to us before and even how He answered the sinner’s prayers.  When I found out that you could have a relationship with Jesus, my life was changed forever.   I had head knowledge and frankly believed He died for me.  I had found religion.  I “knew” something was true.  However, it wasn’t until I accepted Him and started talking with Him that my life truly changed.

God will provide for you

(Genesis 22, Psalm 37:25, Matthew 6:33, Hebrews 13:5)

The Bible has some different names of God.  One of those is Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who Provides.  If God calls himself your provider and as we discussed earlier, your Father, then you can take His provision to the bank (literally and figuratively).  Is His provision always what we desire? No. The way God provides will often not live up to your expectations. Will He provide?  Yes!

God can and will heal you

(Exodus 15:26, 23:25,Psalm 107:20,  Isaiah 53:5, 57: 18-19, Matthew 4:23, Acts 4:30)

As previously mentioned, if God calls himself something then you know it has to be true.  God calls himself our healer.  There is healing throughout the old testament, throughout Jesus’ life and throughout the new testament.  Healing did not pass away.  I can’t tell you how healing works, just like I can’t tell you how God provides.  All I know is that my God is true, and that He always delivers on His promises.

What is Truth?

Truth is found in God’s Word.

 

 

 

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