The Truth. What is that ? Well, there is the self evident truth about which we agree. For example, you are now reading words which I have written; and you understand the language I am using – English. We can therefore communicate.
But it is also true that there are disagreements about what is true – there are different political, philosophical and religious beliefs. Each claims to be the truth, but we disagree as to whether they actually are the truth.
But the truth remains, however we may individually perceive it.
Electricity runs through wires into this building and powers the computer I am writing at. If it did not, then nothing could be written by me, and you would be unable to read it. But it is written; it is communicated; and so you can read it.
THE TRUTH must exist.
Yet disagreement about the truth also exists: and that is also true.
Religions and philosophies exist to explain our world, to tell us the truth as they view it. They are all attempts to describe or determine what is true from what is false, and yet they disagree with each other.
But there remains for us all a sense of the truth. If we did not have such a sense that the truth exists we would not even begin to think of the idea of the truth, much less construct theories about what is the truth.
So we have a sense that there is absolute truth – THE TRUTH – but we also have an awareness that our perceptions of it can be quite different.
Some go even further and say there is no absolute truth. Therefore we human beings can choose our truth. We are our now our own god, determining the truth about our identity, and about what is morally right and wrong.
For such people, absolute truth does not exist. Yet the assertion that absolute truth does not exist is held by them as – guess what – THE TRUTH.
Again, a sense of the truth.
In fact it must be obvious that society would break down without a common understanding of what is true.
Truth is fundamental. It must exist.
In the Gospel of John, chapter 14 and verse 6 Jesus says this:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life”
He claims not just to have the truth, but to be the truth.
He claims to be the very embodiment of Truth. Which means that he is the source of all that actually is. Which means that he must be GOD.
God – the one who knows all things, can do all things, and exists transcendentally, without beginning or end.
God is both back of everything and in everything. He is ACTUALITY ITSELF.
Indeed God himself provides us with the true model for understanding the world we live in. He not only created the model: He is the model.
God is in the spiritual dimension by which our material and physically seen world exists.
GOD IS ULTIMATE REALITY.
To live without God is to live without properly understanding this life: what it is; how we operate, and how we need to operate ie behave.
But we feel estranged from this truth; so we find it difficult to accept.
That is why Jesus immediately says in this same verse, John 14,6:
“No man cometh unto the Father but by me”
We reach the truth by simply accepting it. Accepting that God exists. Accepting that God has communicated his truth to us in Jesus Christ. Accepting that what Jesus taught and did made perfect sense. The ultimate sense. The ultimate truth about everything.
But if that is difficult to accept, then consider the alternative.
A world without truth in Jesus Christ. Without what he taught and did. Without any sense of the love and truth expressed in Christ by God.
A world stripped of goodness, truth, light and love.
No morals, no compassion…