The Biblical View of Truth God is Truth
What is your view of truth?
In two national surveys conducted by Barna Research, one among adults and one among teenagers, people were asked if they believe that there are moral absolutes that are unchanging or that moral truth is relative to the circumstances. By a 3-to-1 margin (64% vs. 22%), adults said truth is always relative to the person and their situation. The perspective was even more lopsided among teenagers, 83% of whom said moral truth depends on the circumstances, and only 6% of whom said moral truth is absolute.
Natural science is that branch of science which studies the physical world. Physics, chemistry, geology, biology are branches of this science. What is true can only be proven and understood through experimental evidence.
Humanism is a belief that human needs and values are truer than religious beliefs. An example of humanism is the belief that the person creates their own set of ethics. It is a philosophy which attaches prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems.
What is true to pantheism is that God is found in the universe. The universe is the manifestation of God and God can be worshipped in manifold ways. All the forces in the universe represent God, a God that has no individual personality.
Ecce Homo, Behold the Truth
This inspirational painting is entitled ‘Ecce Homo’ (Behold the Man), by Antonio Ciseri.
When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, "Here is the man!"
Pilate was confused. Here stood a man bleeding from a crown of thorns thrust on his head and from brutal beatings. And this is a king? “Wanting to wash his hands of the situation Pilate said to the Jews, "Here is your king,” Then in what appears to be a jester of sarcasm, he turned to Jesus saying, "So you are a king?"
Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."
The Meaning of the Word Testify
The word testify, as Jesus uses the word, means to reveal.
What does Reveal mean?
Apcolypse αποκαλύπτω is the Greek word for disclose. It means to unveil something that has been hidden.
Aletheia ἀλήθει is a Greek word which means to uncover something that has been hidden.
Christ comes into the world not to conceal but to reveal truth to us.
Christ exposes the truth about who Satan is.
This is a 12th-century painting entitled, "The Fall of Mankind." The artist is unknown. Satan is depicted as a serpent. The Bible refers to him as a deceiver, an adversary of God. If you are interested in learning more about Satan the following is an article concerning how the Protestant reformer, Martin Luther thought about him. The following is an article about how born again Christians view Satan.
God is truth
C. S Lewis gave some good advice about how to use words.
“Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.”
So how does one talk about the truth when it’s not physical but more real than what is physical? We know the difference between milk and Coca Cola because we can taste it. However, whether or not one has been to Phoenix doesn’t prove it exists. The counter statement would be “We just know it exists because of physical evidences we have seen.”
This might be a statement you don’t agree with but all that physical science is based on is the same criteria--what our five senses experience--with experimentation, logic, and reasoning thrown in. We call this scientific truth and we teach this in our schools.
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31b-32
It’s like we don’t want to take what Jesus says as seriously as what the world of physics, technology, or the media provides us with. That is because Christ is referring to another world which has become lost to us.
We lost our relationship with God and God is restoring our physical beings to their original status in spite of our lost condition. Thus, that God is truth, which His Word tells us does not only mean restoring us to our rightful relationship to Him as our creator. It means that while we live in this world He is redeeming us for Himself. GOD IS MAKING ALL THINGS NEW.
God never changes
There are certain words that were never created; eternal is one of them. The Psalmist refers to it in the following way.
Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
Though the world keeps changing all around us, God does not. We may even want to change His Word, but the truth revealed in that Word will never change. Just as we use many ways to talk about life, the life God gives is eternal.
God keeps His promises
Be inspired by the truth found in these verses from the Word of God.
“For behold, I create new heavens
and a new earth,
and the former things shall not be remembered
or come into mind. I will make all things new. Isaiah 65:17
Sin causes death, truth brings life.
“Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.
by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,
and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.