What is Truth? Depends upon who we ask.
- Secular encyclopedias tell us Truth is a philosophical problem. See Truth (en.wikipedia.org) and Truth (britannica.com).
- Some claim Truth has something to do with not smoking. See Truth Initiative® (truthinitiative.org).
- Others insist Truth must correspond with their version of reality (see If Truth Isn’t Truth, What Is It? (psychologytoday.com)).
- A religious encyclopedia introduces the idea of a Creator of Truth. See Truth (newadvent.org).
The Bible defines the Truth as Jesus.
John 14:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Way, the Truth, and the Life
14 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many [a]mansions; if it were not so, [b]I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Because Jesus is the Truth, that is why Christians find Pontius Pilate‘s response to Jesus so startling.
John 18:33-38 New King James Version (NKJV)
33 Then Pilate entered the [a]Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
34 Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?”
35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?”
36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”
37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?”
Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bearwitness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.
Pontius Pilate was standing next to Jesus, The Truth, and asked Him, “What is truth?” Then he just walked away. What does it say about Pilate? What Truth anchored Pilate? What did he believe? Anything?
If You Don’t Stand for Something, You’ll Fall for Anything
What did Pilate stand for? Because he did not stand for anything, Pilate executed — cruelly crucified — a man he announced to the mob was innocent of any wrongdoing. Oddly, even though Pilate did not recognize the Truth, he spoke the truth about the Truth.
So what is the Truth? Why do we need an answer? If we do not stand for anything, what won’t we do? Until we stand for something, will we not fall for anything? Won’t we will be like Pilate? Won’t we will do evil because we do not know and revere the Truth?