This fundamental question has circulated for centuries. Socrates’ instruction to “question everything” became the starting point to his famous Socratic Method of inquiry. When Jesus was on trial before the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate, it was clear from their dialogue that Pilate himself struggled with the question of truth when he asked Jesus, “What is truth?” (John 18:33-38)
For the disciple of Jesus Christ, the source of Truth was revealed in Christ to humanity as Jesus taught “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6). Why, then, for believers (or disciples) today is it so hard to distinguish what is the True and what is not true? We have allowed God’s Truth to be exchanged for lies of the world for our own temporary pleasures, convenience, desires and lusts, and so forth. In our culture, the lifestyle of one who claims to be a Christ-follower often imitates more of the world rather than the Christ we claim to follow. Lies of our culture most often come to us in the form of partial-truth, or even almost total truth. Lies are often quite subtle, and many times, even believers fall into the trap of following a lie.
Just before Jesus was crucified, John recorded one of the most intimate prayers of Scripture (John 17) in which Jesus prayed that Father would sanctify, or set apart for holy service, his disciples. He prayed that God would “sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:17) God’s word defines ultimate, absolute truth. For the believer, the Bible, God’s written word, is His standard for all human conduct, thought, attitude and belief. It is the measuring stick by which we should determine what is Truth from what is lie.
Question everything? Yes.
Test every truth-claim? Yes.
By what standard? God’s Word, the Bible.
More to come…