I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” (John 18:37-38)
Pilate’s question sounds familiar, doesn’t it? The Roman governor of Judea was living in a time of countless competing Greek and Roman philosophies. Religion was a smorgasbord: there were the many Greek and Roman gods, the Babylonian, Assyrian, Persian, Phoenician, Canaanite, and Egyptian gods. Pilate’s question has a perplexing and sarcastic tone. Here in front of him is a Jewish carpenter on trial for his life, talking about a kingdom not of this world and claiming to be the voice of this slippery thing called truth.
Today things seem every bit as confusing, don’t they? I hear people all the time trying to trump all further argument on a given topic with, “Well, that’s your truth, but I have my truth too.” As if there is more than one “truth” and one person’s truth is as good as the next person’s. But is this…well, true?
From what I see in the Bible truth is not this or that piece of information or even a systematized collection of facts. Truth is in a person–Jesus Christ, the second person of the triune Godhead who became a man: I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father but through Me” (John 14:6). Boy, does that ever sound like a narrow path to God? But the gospel is exclusive: There is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). These exclusive statements really irritate unbelievers in our supposedly diverse and tolerant culture.
Believers try to widen the umbrella too. Recently I was talking with a lady who professes to be a Christian, and she commented about how wonderful it is in our country to have so many different religions. She said something to the effect that together they make a beautiful and colorful patchwork quilt. Hmm…how does such thinking line up with the first of the Ten Commandments: You shall have no other gods before Me (Exodus 20:3)? Last time I checked that commandment was still in force. Now I understand that we do not live in a theocracy like Old Testament Israel and that we cannot rid our land of all pagan belief systems. It is what it is, and it looks like we are stuck with it. Under the present circumstances we are to attempt to be at peace with our fellow citizens. That doesn’t mean we have to say the various religions are wonderful.
The fact is that they are not wonderful and God is as displeased with them now as He ever was.
So back to Pilate’s question. What is truth. Truth is in a person–Jesus Christ. Truth is also in God’s Word: Sanctify them by the truth. Your Word is truth (John 17:17). Ultimate truth can be found only in Christ. Outside of Him life is ultimately meaningless.
We live in a universe not a multiverse. What I mean is this: There is only one God and there is only one truth. That truth has been revealed in the person and work of Jesus Christ and in God’s revealed Word, the Bible. That’s it.
Without Him where would we be? I shudder to think.
Thank you Lord for revealing yourself, for opening our hearts and giving us the faith to trust you, for so graciously and mercifully forgiving us of our many sins, and saving us not only from the world and the devil, but from ourselves. Thank you for the many temporal blessings you shower upon us.