Some 2,000 years ago Pilate, as Jesus stood trial before him, asked this most significant question: "What is truth?" Pilate was responding to Jesus’ words, "Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice."
But throughout history, this questioned has loomed large in the minds of many: "What is truth?"
On a different occasion Jesus had said to his own followers, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." The truth is that we sometimes struggle to understand the deeper meaning of that statement. What did Jesus mean by that? In fact, what is truth? And does the answer even matter?
It seems that we have gone through a time when many people did not even believe in the concept of truth. You might have even heard someone say, "That may be true for you, but it’s not true for me." We still hear that occasionally, but not very often anymore.
Rather, today there continues to be an argument as to the origins of truth. Who decides what is true? Is the truth dependent upon the majority? Or is there a basis for deciding what is true?
In our founding documents we read, "We find these truths to be self-evident." That term "self-evident" indicates that these truths are written in natural law. They are true in the United States of America, and they are true anywhere else, even when it is not acknowledged.
You will not be surprised to learn that I believe our greatest source for truth is the Bible. That is where we learn about Jesus, who again referred to himself as the truth.
Sooner than we realize, we will be celebrating his birth again. But we must remember that this child born in Bethlehem was and is more than simply a precious baby. He was and is the Lord of all creation. He is worthy of our worship and our allegiance for the rest of our lives.
Paul wrote that the day is coming when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. I pray that you will get on board early and live your life under his lordship.