What is truth?

It is the next question posed by Pilate after our pericope ends this Sunday, but it is alluded to in the last words we hear from Jesus in Year B, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”  I sort of wish we had Pilate’s question because Jesus’ words make me want to ask,

“What is truth?”


I also wonder, as I have often on this blog (see yesterday and my post-election day blog), who knows the truth?   Jesus said that he is “the way, the truth, and the life.”   Jesus promised that “the truth will set you free.”  This Sunday he says that his whole mission on earth was to “testify to the truth.”  So what is truth?  And who knows it?

I have my answers to these questions, but I’m more interested in yours.  So, dear readers, tell me, what is truth?


9 thoughts on “What is truth?

  1. Jesus Christ is my truth!!! His deity; His birth; His ministry; His Death; His Resurrection all significant factors in God’s perfect plan to reunite His children (us) unto Himself after our fateful fall into sin.

  2. Ultimately mystery reigns. Mystery does not ask further questions. Mystery holds the truth for us and withholds the truth from us. Therefore Jesus accurately points to himself as symbol for truth.

  3. I am tempted toward Nietzsche’s statement that what we call truth is “only a mobile army of metaphors, metonyms and anthropomorphisms, since arbitrariness prevails in the human experience – that truth is nothing more than the invention of fixed conventions for merely practical purposes>” Or Alfred North Whitehead’s take: “There are no whole truths; all truths are half truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that play the devil.”

  4. Truth comes in understanding Jesus’ walk. He came to fulfill the laws of God, correct the foolishness of the Pharisees (who had added many laws that were not commanded by God and were lording them over the people) against the command of God not to “add to or take away from” His commandments in Deuteronomy 4:2, and he came to die as a final sacrifice for sin allowing human beings to come under the New Covenant. This is why the truth would set us free- from all of the unwarrented laws that had been added to God’s laws. God’s laws were simple and found in the 10 commandments and the Torah (the books of the law of the old testament), yet Pharisees complicated and added to them unlawfully. Today the same thing has happened in Christianity, the truth has been lost by the many unbiblical uncommanded traditions of men. Unofficial Laws of Sunday worship, Christmas, Easter, Good Friday, Infant Baptism, Confirmation, Intercession for the Dead, worshipping at alters, idolatry- these are all a part of Christianity today, yet these are men’s commandments and traditions, not God’s. Not a single one of these is founded in scripture nor established by Jesus or the Apostles. These laws and traditions of men contradict God’s laws of the Sabbath, God’s feasts, etc yet many remain imprisoned by these traditions. The truth will set you free.

    Under the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31, Ezekiel 11:19-21, Ezekiel 36:25-28, Hebrews 8, God’s law is written into our heart and we obey him from the heart. This is the gift of the spirit, and we are now through Jesus able to walk in the spirit free from sin (disobedience to God’s laws). Obedience to God frees us from all of these man made things. Obedience to God is truth. Jesus lived a life perfectly obedient to God. Jesus is truth. When we come to the Father in the blood of the Son in repentance, we cleanse ourselves in that blood, become baptized, receive the spirit, and walk free from sin in truth with the help of Jesus. We constantly change our character to the character of Christ. Truth is a freeing gift found in obedience to God.

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