Early as the sun was beginning to rise on a Friday morning, a man is escorted by armed guards to a governor’s house. The governor, hearing the rants and rage of a crowd, steps outside. Seeing the man they are holding, who obviously has enraged the mob, asks them why they are accusing this man. The crowd defiantly retorts that they would not have disturbed the governor to bring charges against an innocent man, but this man is without doubt a serious criminal. The governor, a Roman, seeing the mob was Jewish argues they should take this man back to their own courts and try him according to their own laws.
The crowd proclaims that they are not permitted by Roman law to carry out a death sentence, implying this man they are accusing has most certainly committed a capital offense. The accused man, having not said a word in his own defense during this exchange, is summoned into the governor’s residence to be questioned by him. “Are you the King of the Jews?” asks the governor. The accused man standing before him replies back by asking as to whether he is asking this on his own or if he was told by others that he was a king. The governor asks the man to give a reason as to why the Jews, the accused’s own countrymen, are seeking His life. The accused now gives a testimony. He says that His kingdom is not of this world because if it were then His followers would have fought to not have allowed Him be taken into custody by the Jews. “So You are a king?” asks the governor. The accused replies back by affirming that the governor has rightly referred to Him as a king. The accused king goes on to say that the very reason for Him being born into this world was, “to testify to the truth.” The king speaking further says, “Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” With these words from the King, the governor sarcastically replies, “What is truth?” and leaves the room. The story above is found in the fourth Gospel of the Bible called the Gospel of John. It takes place during the bogus trial of Jesus Christ that lead to His death by crucifixion on a cross.
This exchange is between Jesus and the Roman governor of Israel at that time, Pontius Pilate. The end of this exchange between the two resulted in Pilate making a cynical remark to Jesus, “What is truth?” Pilate was trying to ascertain the real reason why the Jews were seeking Jesus’ life. One of the charges the Jews trumped up against Jesus was that He was claiming He was their true King. If this were to be true then Pilate would have to sentence Him to death, since Roman law dictated that there was no king but Caesar of the Roman Empire. However after questioning Jesus, Pilate goes back to the angry mob and admits he can find nothing wrong Jesus has done. This exchange between Jesus and Pilate is profound on several levels, but I want to focus on what it reveals about truth. Just as Pilate cynically asked, “What is truth?” so has in one way or another every human of every civilization pondered. We all wish to know what the truth really is.
Philosophers over the course of history have wrestled with this and some dared to claim they knew exactly what the truth about anything was in life. Scholars of our times claim that we are either in a Post-Modern or a post Post-Modern world. The modern world was after truth through empirical research and hard facts. The post-modern world, while it still may endeavor in science and data, has given up on the thought that objective truth can be discovered meaning it must not even exist. In fact to claim to know objective truth is considered by many to be intolerant and simply an ignorant statement. The world believes now that truth is relative meaning truth is found from within the individual person. So what is truth? Today we are told that you must discover the truth from within yourself.
Your personality, your background, and your presuppositions about life all lead you to your own operating definition of what truth is. This also means that what is true for you does not have to be necessarily true for somebody else. We can all be truthful but yet have different ideas of truth. But what are we to make of this idea? Can truth, real objective truth be known? Does it even exist? Most importantly, what is the Christian to make of all this? We see that much of the church today, especially in Europe and North America, has bought in to the idea that truth is up to the individual to determine. We see Christians now becoming confused over political issues like homosexuality and over religious issues like is their really only one way to God?
In John 18:28-38a, where the story above is found, we can learn what Jesus Himself said about truth. This post serves as my introduction to the blog. I hope it will also set the mood and pace for what this site is about. I want to begin this blog by focusing on what is the seminal issue behind all other issues…the truth. I want to set the record straight for Christians, and anyone else for that matter, as to what is the truth about truth. I created this site because I feel much of the Church is uneducated or confused as to what God’s Word, the Bible, actually says thus leaving them confused or in error as to how to live in this world.
Adding in the clutter and fog of confusion from the world only increases this issue for Christians. I came up with the title, The Truth Corner, because I am passionate about the truth and want it to be known that this blog stands for and stands to propagate the truth; having said this, welcome to TheTruthCorner.com. I write these posts having a Christian primarily in mind as I seek to help strengthen the church, but I pray that non-Christians will read and find these convicting. This post is the first in a series and I only want to introduce the topic of what is truth by introducing these questions and set the stage for where we will be looking at next. Considering the world we are in today, is it possible to know the truth? Are Christians really being intolerant if we claim we know the real truth? Does the Bible have anything to say about what the truth is, or are we all to be cynical as Pilate and the rest of world by sarcastically saying, “What is Truth?”