I’m sure you have seen the commercial at some point. She says, “It has to be true. I read it on the Internet.” And then she meets her date —the “French supermodel.” And you chuckle because you know someone who is that naïve.
I have a confession to make: I used to be that person.
I can remember a time, when I first headed off to college (long before the Internet) when I held to a similar belief. My thought was that if it had been published in a book, or in the newspaper, it had to be true. After all, no one would publish anything unless they had verified it, right?
I soon learned that you needed only one thing to have a book published: money. And in today’s world, money is not even required to post something on the Internet.
So, we are often faced with the question, “Is that true?” Whether you watch Fox or MSNBC, you have to have what I call a “truth filter.” You have to have a measure of discernment to understand what is really true. The late theologian Francis Schaeffer called this “true truth.”
But then, in our world today, there are those who simply claim that there is no such thing as truth. What is true for you may not be true for me and, likewise, the other way around. This really is not a new idea. With Jesus standing before him, Pilate asked, “What is truth?”
Someone once quite defiantly said to me, “There is no such thing as truth.”
I asked the individual, “Are you sure that statement is true?”
Christians are confident of a number of things. First, we believe there is something we call truth. In fact, Jesus said, “I am the truth.” He also said, “You will know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”
We live in a time when finding and knowing the truth is not easy. Even Christians are aware that there are “grey areas” in life. And one must use one’s “grey matter” to help discern what is right and wrong.
But I am convinced of this: Jesus is the answer to life’s most difficult questions. He does not give us the answers we always want, but he is enough for us when we trust in him.
I pray that you will do that, whatever you may face.