What is truth? Is truth subjective or concrete? We live in what is being called the post-modern era. The post-modern philosophy is to question everything, and what is true for one person may not be true for another person. So what is truth? According to Webster’s dictionary truth is, “A transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality; a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true; the body of true statements and propositions.”
So if we come from our current culture of if truth is different from person to person, what actually can be true? Along with preaching, I work as a Logistic Analyst at Dollar Tree Stores. When I do a project for my bosses, there are times that I have to make assumptions. Making assumptions is alright as long as I note them at the bottom of the report. The Bible makes some assumptions on its own. The most important assumption is that there is a God. Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God . . .”Moses never argued the facts for the existence of God, he just wrote “In the beginning God . . .” Despite what our culture may practice, Truth is concrete and not subjective.
In our day and age, the world view of truth is subjective. What’s true for you may not be true for me. The path to heaven in the eyes of the world looks more like a nice multilane highway where all the lanes end up in the same place; Heaven. There are thousands of religions in our world today so are they are leading to the same place, right? According to adherents.com, there are over 10,000 religious systems in our world today. Are they all true? The top 4 religious systems are Hinduism (900 million people), Secularism/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheists (1.1 billion people), Islam (1.3 billion people), and Christianity (2 billion people). With so many religious systems in this world, do they all lead to the same place? Every religion claims to be the only way to God. Every religion has a different road (or lane on the highway). Almost all the roads seem to lead to an afterlife; either called heaven, paradise, or Nirvana.
But WHAT IS TRUTH?
The answer to this question is found in the man, named Jesus Christ. John 14:1-6 says:
1″Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.
2″In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.
3″If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.
4″And you know the way where I am going.”
5Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?”
6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
Some reading this blog may think, “If Jesus is truth as John 14 says, why should I accept this as truth?” Jesus enables mankind to be complete once again. After God created Adam and Eve, Adam sinned against God and a great gap was created between us and God. In God’s great love, He made an agreement with Abraham and the children of Israel. The Ten Commandments were given to Israel to govern them and also to show that we cannot keep them. This agreement was a foreshadowing of what God was to do for us in the form a Jesus Christ. The Old Testament saints were saved when they believed through faith that the promised One or Messiah was coming. Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah. Only through Him, we can be saved. Jesus says in several different ways that He is the only way to God and eternal life. In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus says “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
As mentioned earlier, the world thinks the way to heaven is a multilane paved highway. According to Matthew 7, broad easy smooth road actually leads to destruction. The actual way to heaven is more like a narrow bike path. Jesus talks about the difficulty of some to be saved. In Matthew 19:23-26, Jesus says “And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?” And looking at them Jesus said to them, “with people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”
The world’s ideal of truth is counterfeit (or fake), and it leaves all who trust in it empty and wanting. Jesus is the only One who can answer the unanswerable questions of a person’s heart and soul.