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Whatever Is True — 21-02-20

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” claimed Jesus in John 14:6.

Truth was vital to Jesus. Over 25 times the Bible records him saying, “I tell you the truth.” Over a dozen other times, he described something as true. He told Pilate that he came to testify to the truth. He promised his disciples to send the Spirit of truth. He taught that people should worship God in spirit and in truth. He taught about living in the truth. If you trust Jesus, then truth will be important to you as well.

Today, many people think that only science is a means to truth. They urge us to “trust the science.” We’ve heard this phrase repeatedly during the Covid-19 pandemic. “Trust the science” we hear, even when the science lacks conclusive evidence or produces contradictory results.

Isn’t it interesting that the word trust is paired with the word science? You see, any truth, whether scientific or moral, is something you can deny or believe. It is something you can ignore, or trust.

The same is true of Jesus. He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” If we are going to focus on whatever is true, our trust must be in Jesus – for he is the truth.

John 14:6 NIV

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Whatever Is True — 21-02-19

“The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.” So said George Orwell who authored the book Nineteen Eighty-Four.  The book is about a dystopian future where an authoritarian government wields total control over society. Key to this control is the government’s so-called Ministry of Truth which falsifies news and history to reflect favorably on the government.

Another famous quote about truth was made by Pontius Pilate when Jesus claimed to testify to the truth. Before executing Jesus, Pilate said “What is truth?”

I think we see both attitudes today. First, society is drifting from truth. Whether on college campuses, the news media or social media, finding truth is not the objective. Rather it is “furthering a narrative” or simply silencing the opposition.

Second, like Pilate, people seek to live without regard to the truth. Finding truth is just too much effort. We just want to live each day. We don’t want the conflict. We don’t want the work. We doubt whether truth exists or whether it can really be known.

I want to encourage you: don’t give up on the importance of truth! Keep searching for truth! I’m not talking about sorting through the claims and counter claims of every controversy in the media. I am talking about uncovering the truth. Why is this so important? Because of another famous quote about truth. Jesus said it, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” He also said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 14:6; John 8:32 NIV

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