Truth is something that means differently to all of us. Sometimes we see in the media; an individual may be doing an interview or telling their story on a certain matter; a perspective on an issue. People can be scrutinised for what they’ve said and others may lunge forward in defence and protest that the person was just ‘speaking their truth.’
And that got me thinking – what exactly is “our truth?”
Because everybody’s truth relatively speaking, is different. Truth in itself is defined as something that is in accordance with fact or reality and to be frank, in the society we are living in today, truth is so relative. I could be very sure in my truth but to someone else, my truth is not the truth. So, what is the truth? Even Pilate in John 18:38 (you can read the whole chapter for context) asked this question when Jesus said he came to testify truth. Now I’ve gone round and round on my thoughts on truth and a common statement that non-believers or sceptics tend to remark is that Christians always act like our truth is THE absolute truth; and well, we do because our truth is not a ‘what’ but a ‘who’ and that ‘who’ is Jesus. And that didn’t make sense to Pilate because maybe he was viewing truth as a ‘what’ rather than a ‘who’ and it’s still like that today.
Jesus’ claim about himself being the truth I don’t think is in the way in which we say the grass is green but rather we look at Jesus as the source of all truth – we believe that he is dependably correct in all matters; he is God in the flesh – the reality to which we must conform. There is something liberating about depending on a truth that is outside of ourselves. Sometimes we look inside ourselves to find truth but our sinful nature is nothing I’d want to depend on; it’s like looking at an oil drum for drinking .
Truth is exclusive and what we believe matters because ultimately it will effect what we do; the choices we make. So the thoughts I have when someone says “I’m speaking my truth,”- well, is that truth unshakeable? Is it dependable? What is the source of that truth? Truth is hard to find these days and I believe that when we find what we thought was true crumbles, issues stem from this, just for example, identity crises. But truth is so important in Christianity because truth is a reflection of God.
I also think it’s important to not let our truth get us into a position where we feel morally superior. As Christians our truth leads us into a position where we can appreciate the goodness and wisdom other faiths may have to offer but I also think that true robust Christianity should expect that others may live their lives more morally superior to their own. Why? Because our truth tells us that we are not accepted by God because of moral performance, wisdom or virtue but because of Christ’s work on our behalf.
I believe the amazing thing about Christianity is how personal its truth is. When Jesus said I’m the way, the truth and the life, (John 14:6) it meant that ultimate truth is not a set of propositions but a person.
“As the Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:12, “I know whom I have believed.” Not what I have believed or experienced but whom. Jesus Christ. To ask why we think that Jesus Christ is the only way is to miss the point entirely. Jesus does not compete with anybody. Nobody else in history made the claims he did; nobody else in history claimed to be able to deal with the problems of the human heart like he did. Nobody else in history claimed, as he did, to be God with us. To say that we believe Jesus is the only way should have nothing to do with arrogance and everything to do with introducing people to him.” – Andy Bannister from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.