Thursday, August 16, 2012

What is Truth?

John 18:38 "What is truth?" Pilate asked, with that he went out again to the Jews and said, "I find no basis for a charge against him.

Jesus said, "I am the way, truth, and the life; no man can come to the Father unless he come through me." The Urban dictionary describes "the truth" as the greatest or most postive form it is possible for a person or thing to be. If we want to know who God is then Jesus is "the Truth." His teaching are the truth.  When we know the truth, that is, have a relationship with Jesus Christ, we will know the truth and the Truth will set us free.

The reason we are not free is because of our own reasoning. In our limited thinking, we try to create a reality using our finite ability to reason without the assistance of God. We take pieces of truth to create our own reality. We should really call these reality shows, "delusions of grandeur,' because they are full of people who have no sense of reality or truth.

When Jesus was arrested and brought in front of Pilate, he questioned Jesus about being a King.Jesus and asked Pilate whose reality was that, his or one that someone gave him. Jesus then revealed to Pilate that he was a King and those that are on the side of truth listen to him. Pilate wanted to know, "What is truth?" It's a deep question that can't be answered in two or three sentences but let me suggest what it is not:

Truth is not our opinion. There is a way that seems right to a man but in the end leads to death. Proverbs 14:12

Truth is not injustice. Evil men do not undertand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it fully. Proverbs 28:5

Truth cannot be hidden.  What you do in the dark will come to the light. Matthew 10:27

Truth does not harm us but it can hurt us. 2 Corinthians 7:9

Truth is not duplicitous. The old folks used to say, "be who you are not who you ain't". Ephesians 4:22-25

Truth is not sugar-coating. The truth is saying what people need to hear not what they want to hear. Ephesians 4:15

Dear God,

Help me to be True to myself. Guide me into a relationship with the Truth so I can be totally free from self-deception and self-destruction.  Thank you for setting me free!

In Jesus Name,

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