What is Truth?


“Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?…”  

John 18:37-38

I think most of us can relate to the desire to define what truth is. The text quoted above is part of a conversation that occurred between Jesus and Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea. The Romans worshiped many gods. Were those gods real? Could the answers to life be found in dedicating oneself to religious rituals? Some people did not believe in the gods; they uplifted philosophy and human reasoning as the key to understanding our existence. I imagine that others may have simply begun to give up on there being any answers at all. Perhaps Pilate was in this group. His question carries with it a note of cynicism, as if he is asking, “Does truth exist–and  even if it did, how could we find it?”

A quest for the truth requires more than just a critical attitude. If we truly want to discover where meaning lies, we’ll need something else: raw, fearless honesty. Many people settle for a system of belief that fits best with how they WANT to see the world. Some people want to believe certain things about themselves that make them feel more in control of their lives; sometimes they don’t want to face the reality of the ugliness deep within their hearts.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

John 14:6


Jesus clearly says that HE is the truth. How do we know whether He is or not? Test His claim. Read the Bible for yourself, don’t just take someone else’s word for it. What did Jesus ACTUALLY say? What do the Scriptures REALLY teach? Does it fit with the archaeological record? With history? As you are investigating, I challenge you to do something radical: pray to Jesus and ask Him to show you whether He is the truth or not. Believe that He will answer you. Wait for something incredible to happen.

This post is merely an introduction to what I will be addressing in many posts yet to follow. I want to share with you my personal journey. You will see how I came to find the answer to the question, “What is truth?” and how I am continuing to learn to distinguish true from false. I love to research, so you will find references to some of my cherished books, and links to my favorite websites. I hope for you to be able to learn along with me. Thanks for reading!

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2 thoughts on “What is Truth?

  1. ” Test His claim. Read the Bible for yourself, don’t just take someone else’s word for it. ”

    This piece of advice is paramount for any Christian to understand. This is the first step in our journey in knowing God. We are so privelaged to have our Bibles readily available.

    Great article. Love, YGW


    • I agree. So many misconceptions could be avoided if we would just pick up the Bible and read it for ourselves. Loving God’s word and reading the Bible over and over again should be the lifestyle of every Christian.

      “Princes persecute me without a cause,
      But my heart stands in awe of Your word.
      I rejoice at Your word
      As one who finds great treasure.
      I hate and abhor lying,
      But I love Your law.
      Seven times a day I praise You,
      Because of Your righteous judgements.
      Great peace have those who love Your law,
      And nothing causes them to stumble.
      LORD, I hope for Your salvation,
      And I do Your commandments.
      My soul keeps your testimonies,
      And I love them exceedingly.
      I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies,
      For all my ways are before You.”
      Psalm 119:161-168 (NKJV)

      Thanks for sharing your observation on this!
      Truth at Home


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