Summary: Christians must fight a battle for truth - not just for "truths" but for the very idea and possibility of truth.
The God of Truth
As a campus minister, it is easy enough for me to see problems in our world today -- from individuals who are just not sure if there is any way to make sense of life to the "Gay and Lesbian Alliance." There is an almost endless list of people and groups without an anchor, without a foundation in a world of conflicting ideas. Universities today typically don’t help with these problems. Often, they make them worse.
But these are really just symptoms of one, underlying, fundamental problem: the problem of truth. The problem of truth is not new. You can see the problem, unchanged essentially from its modern form, in the exchange between Jesus and the politician Pontius Pilate. Pilate found himself in a position in which the truth was both rather obvious, rather unpopular and, shall we say, inexpedient. Looking for some way to avoid the problem of truth, Pilate questioned Jesus, and as John records in the eighteenth chapter of his gospel:
Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here."
Pilate therefore said to Him, "Are You a king then?" Jesus answered, "You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."
Pilate said to Him, "What is truth?" And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, "I find no fault in Him at all. (NKJ)
Pilate tried to pretend that truth was either non-existent or unknowable. It is a reaction that has been shared by many throughout the centuries, but it is especially popular in our time.
Many particular questions come up as we attempt to communicate the Word of God to the world around us. In many ways these are just manifestations of the one key question, the question of truth. This is the basic debate the followers of Jesus must have with the world. With that in mind, we will have a look at this matter of truth.
We Cannot Over-estimate the Importance of the Idea of Truth.
When Jesus was about to say something that “went against the grain” of those around Him, He was fond of beginning with the word "amen."
"Amen" is essentially the Greek version of the Hebrew word for "truth." It is translated in the NIV, "I tell you the truth." Perhaps that should not surprise us from someone who claimed to be "the truth."
God and truth are inseparable according to the Bible. In Psalm 31 The LORD is referred to as "the God of truth." In the Bible, coming to God and coming to the truth are synonymous. On the other side of the coin, rebellion against God is identified with the rejection of truth. Paul puts the matter this way:
Romans 1:18 -- The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, (NIV)
Romans 1:25 -- They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator