1. the true or actual state of a matter
2. conformity with fact or reality
3. a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like
4. the state or character of being true.
5. actuality or actual existence.
Much like any one of us at various times in our lives, it was staring him in the face – yet he refused to acknowledge it. Afraid of ridicule, losing his status in society, fearing the reaction of his superiors and perhaps worst of all – knowing that his admission would likely force him to live a far different lifestyle than to which he was currently accustomed, he denied what was right in front of him. After Jesus explained that His life and His word were truth, Pilate dismissively said, “What is truth?” (John 18:37-38) It’s a question that those who stand against God, against Christ and against truth have been asking ever since.
Truth. It’s an abused and too easily dismissed word in our culture. Our universities, media and popular culture have all worked to dismiss the notion that there is any such thing as a verifiable truth. Let’s step away from the bible and Christianity for just a moment as we discuss this and examine truth. There are many who will claim that truth is relative, they deride the truth merely as a proposition as that which is only true for an individual, that it can vary from person to person and there is no such thing as universal truth.
Consider the statements, “There is no such thing as truth.” or “All truth is relative.” The law of non-contradiction works here, truth is either real or it isn’t. If it isn’t, then mathematical truths do not exist, and since the universe is dependent on math – we wouldn’t be here to discuss this if mathematics did not conform to reality or was not verifiable. Regarding the first statement, we can simply ask – “Is that a true statement?” and it falls under its own weight. The second statement similarly falls with the question, “Is that always true or only relatively true?” The answers to both of those questions are self-evident and reveal the absurdity inherent within the statements themselves. And we didn’t even need the bible to refute them – common-sense logic was enough.
Now, let’s return to the bible. Jesus said, “I am the way, the Truth, and the Life.” (John 14:6) Christianity is not true simply because we wish it to be true. It is not true because we have blind faith that it is true. It is true because Christ was and is the living embodiment of the truth. Christianity fulfills all of the definitions that began this article and He answers all the of fundamental questions and realities that confront us on a daily basis – origin, destiny, meaning and morality. No other worldview even comes close. Christianity is true because Jesus is a historical reality and His words, deeds and life conform to all verifiable reality.
The next time someone tries to deny the reality of truth, you can answer with simple logic. The truth is real, brings us one step closer to God and, as Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”(John 8:31-32) So promising and so comforting.