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WHAT IS TRUTH?

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I will start with the generic definition of truth, which incompletely states, “The thing that corresponds to fact or reality.” Unfortunately, this definition annoyingly lacks interpretive perspicuity, but I’ll work with it.

“Truthfully," I don’t know where to begin. However, I will start with the generic definition of truth, which incompletely states, “The thing that corresponds to fact or reality.” Unfortunately, this definition annoyingly lacks interpretive perspicuity, but I’ll work with it. If I had a different worldview, this definition would compel me to think all truth is relative. However, I’m deeply persuaded to believe; that someone’s worldview determines their interpretive lens through which they know truth. For example, Resurrection Sunday (Easter) was just celebrated — and without fail — the trial and crucifixion of Jesus under Pontius Pilate is narrated, and the nature of their commentary around the trial is because of Jesus’ truth claim. And what was Pilate’s historical response — what is truth? (John 18:37-38)

Unfortunately – this level of credulity regarding the notion of truth is the most pervasively held notion in our secularized culture, and to hold any other notion of truth is insidious and bigoted. However, within my biblical worldview, I don’t believe all truth is relative. In fact, within my worldview — truth originates with God – and therefore, it must be absolute. (Gen. 1:1-3; 26-27; Ps. 25:5; 43:3; 51:5; 86:11; 119:43; 160; 145:18)<span "font-size:8.0pt;line-height:="" 115%;font-family:taffy;mso-bidi-font-family:frankruehl"="">. <span "font-family:taffy;="" mso-bidi-font-family:frankruehl"="">Jesus died for truth, and his truth was absolute (Jn. 1:1-4; 14; 17; 4:23; 8:32; 14:6). The Holy Spirit testifies of absolute truth (Jn. 14:17; 16:7). In Jesus’ priestly prayer, he asked the Father to sanctify us (those whom the Father gave him) in the truth, and Christ even set himself apart in order for us to be sanctified in truth, by God’s word (Jn. 17:17). In the final analysis, truth is best demonstrated in one’s worldview. Essentially – there are two intrinsically held world-views;

  1. <span "font-family:taffy;mso-bidi-font-family:="" frankruehl"="">God/god(s)-centered worldview (rooted in monotheism(one god) or polytheism(many gods)
  2. Man-centered worldview(rooted in autonomy)

Scripture demonstrates the implications of both versions of truth functioning in society —and in the end — woe to the relativist. But presently, the absolutist will inevitably face imminent persecution as our culture continues to become increasingly more secularized. The Prophet Isaiah encapsulated this truth in Isaiah 59:14-15 — “Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter. Truth is lacking, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. The LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice,” — sound familiar? Theologically speaking — in our fallen nature, we’re autonomously driven (Rom. 1:18-26). But if you’re in Christ Jesus, you are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), and the Spirit of Truth (Holy Spirit; John 14:17) is in you. How comforting is that!
There is nothing more loving than absolute truth, and our King – Christ Jesus – died to demonstrate this absolute truth. Like Proverbs 23:23 states, “Don't sell truth” — but unfortunately, we have. We’ve sold it to anonymously autonomous, Inc – a subsidiary of the SIN Corporation.
As believers, I pray that we’d be more veracious with the truth of God’s Word, and seek it (buy it – Pro. 23:23) harder than ever before....THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH DIED ABSOLUTELY, AND IT ROSE THREE DAYS LATER TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE, FREE INDEED!