Saturday, August 28, 2010

What is Truth? by Dudley Hall

Then Pilate said to him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world - to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice."  Pilate said to him, "What is truth?" John 18:37-38 (ESV)
Pilate is hung up on the kingship issue. He is afraid that Jesus is planning to take over his job. He is not interested in Jesus' true nature or purpose as long as it doesn't interfere with his own position. But in the midst of Pilate's inquiry Jesus clearly discloses his nature and purpose, and we get the benefit.

Kings should bear witness to the truth! They are responsible for their people, and when they operate in deception the people suffer. Kings that don't bear witness to the truth are accountable for the destruction that comes on those under their care. It is a serious thing to be "in charge" of people.  We are reminded in the New Testament that those who teach others will be held accountable by a higher standard (James 3:1-2). Fathers who lead families should be aware of their serious responsibility. So should pastors and elders of churches. Actually, anyone who has an overseeing role in another's life has a kingly function.

It is incumbent upon all leaders to align their lives with the truth as revealed in Jesus Christ. When leaders are off kilter, the father of lies, who is a murderer, destroys the people. It is scary to see how glibly we undertake being parents, teachers, or religious leaders. We read books and take off on ideas and current trends that may be miles from the truth as revealed in Jesus. It might take years for the deceptive seeds to germinate, but they will. Ideas have consequences.

Sadly, in the contemporary church too little emphasis is put on the truth as applied to the various aspects of life. Too much effort is spent on being trendy, making sure no one is offended, and attracting more people to attend the corporate meetings. There is just not time to expose the ways of the world system in comparison to the eternal truth revealed in Jesus. It takes too much effort, and it is not possible to accomplish in 20 minutes on Sunday morning.  So families continue to operate based on concepts of reality gained from TV, popular music, and media.  Church members live under the illusion of being trained because they attend Sunday services.  All the while they continue to spend themselves into debt, work themselves into burnout, eat themselves into sickness, promote themselves into insanity, and lose themselves in a search for meaning.  This is happening while the kings over the church sphere are being congratulated for building bigger congregations faster than ever.

We haven't even mentioned those who rule over the civic realm. Even though we who live in democratic republics don't have official kings, we do have those responsible for the policies that govern our lives. Their "truth" is tainted by the need to be re-elected. The farther public policy moves from the truth revealed in Jesus, the more destruction moves in.

We cannot afford to be glib like Pilate when told the truth. He ignored what Jesus said and lost everything.  Soon after this interaction with Jesus, Pilate lost his position and became an afterthought in Roman history. If we neglect the truth we cannot succeed in the life designed by the author of truth. We must take seriously Jesus' commission to "make disciples!" People who don't know the truth and how to apply it are doomed to the default mode of deception where the enemy lurks to destroy.


  1. Truth is not a "something" - it is a Person, the Person of Jesus Christ. He ALONE IS The WAY, The TRUTH, and The LIFE. His words are Truth. ALL of Who He is and What He is - is the TRUTH. He said "Follow Me". That is pretty simple, my friends. The simplicity of Christ. Today we have to analyze everything, and add or take away meaning from Him and His words....we make EVERYTHING SO COMPLEX, because we have made the world a confusing and complex place. The Gate is SO narrow, He IS the Gate, and the Path is steep and difficult that leads to everlasting life. HE is that Path. His Truth is the ONLY truth....there is no such thing as OUR truth or the world's truth, ONLY the Truth that is Christ Jesus. Fill yourself with Him and you are filled with the Truth. Speak and live only the Life that IS Christ Jesus, and you have the TRUTH.

  2. Clare, you write as if complexity is a dirty word. Maybe you mean complication instead of complexity. While it is true that we humans often tend to complicate things (and especially the Word) with over analyzing details instead of exercising our faith, God IS complex. Complexity is not a bad thing. Overly complicating things is no worse than overly simplifying things. I personally love complexity and the joys of discovery without which my life would become extremely dull and uninteresting.

    The truth that Jesus is "the way, the truth and the life" is a simple concept to understand IF you are willing to understand; if you are willing to believe by faith in what you don't really understand as yet, until you have time to examine the complexity of Jesus as God and man.

    The "simplicity of the gospel" is the willingness to blindly believe that God's Word is Truth BEFORE you begin to understand the complexities of that Truth and how to actually live it out in your own life.

    We should make the effort to not over complicate the Truth but we also need to make the effort to not over simplify it either.


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