WHAT IS TRUTH?
This same question, first asked by Pilate to Jesus (John 18:38), continues to echo in many peoples’ lips today.
And it is a question of utmost importance.
Just last week, a student approached me and confessed that he had lost his Christian faith because he cannot accept that truth is universally applicable to everyone. What is true for someone may not be true for another person. Every person comes to his own version of truth which is suitable and beneficial for him alone (otherwise known as pragmatism). This makes biblical truth subjective in nature.
But he is mistaken regarding the nature of truth. Biblical truth is always something real, consistent and universally applicable. Truth remains true in spite of whatever opinions or emotions any of us may have about it.
The reason for this is because God made it so.
God is the only true God (Jeremiah 10:10) and also the God of truth (Psalm 31:5). He rules the earth in truth (Revelation 15:3). Truth is not independent by itself but emanates from the Person and character of God.
Which makes it absolutely crucial that we live by the truth and declare the truth.
Jesus says, “…the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” (John 18:37)
Let us, in this coming season of Christmas, be courageous in declaring the truth of Jesus’ saving power in our lives as the only hope for a lost world!
Rev. Ian Chew