What is Truth?

According to Wikipedia; There is no single definition of truth about which the majority of philosophers agree. Various theories of truth, commonly involving different definitions of “truth”, continue to be debated. There are differing claims on such questions as what constitutes truth; how to define and identify truth; what roles do revealed and acquired knowledge play; and whether truth is subjective, relative, objective, or absolute. This article introduces the various perspectives and claims, both today and throughout history.

What a load of crap!

Truth is not some mystical, mythical place…it is not some object that only an elect few can obtain.

Truth is the person of Jesus Christ“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” Luke 14:6-7

I have grown tired of those whom feel they have the corner on truth.
There is no one denomination or group that can claim possession of truth…it is available for everyone who will accept it.

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About Jimmy Eldridge

I am a husband, a father, a son, a brother and most of all, a follower of our most gracious savior Christ Jesus. Who are you following?

6 thoughts on “What is Truth?

  1. I don’t think the Wikipedia entry is saying that truth is mystical or mythical. It’s only saying that there is disagreement among philosophers as to what exactly truth is (among other questions about truth).

    Example: The Correspondance Theory of Truth says that something is true if and only if it corresponds to the way the world really is. So ‘2+2=4’ is true if and only if ‘2+2=4’ is objectively the case in the real world.

    If I’m reading you right, you’re leaning on that view of truth. We can trust the words of Jesus in Luke 14 because they correspond to the way the world really is.

    The Wikipedia entry isn’t really saying anything about what truth is or isn’t. At least the section you quoted is just pointing out that ‘truth’ is not nearly as cut-and-dried a subject as we may think at first glance.

  2. Jay,

    The main point I am trying to make is that the only ‘real’ truth IS Jesus.

    The other point I was attempting to make is that I get tired of the same old crap coming from the ‘discernement’ ranks on truth. You can read rant after rant on how that those trying to be ‘relevant’ are being mislead so therefore don’t know that truth. They treat truth as an object, as a possession that only they can possess. When the simple truth, according to scripture, is that Jesus IS the one and only truth. So…the fact is, if you truly know Jesus and are following Him, and living according to His word, (not mans interpretation), then you can know or are in THE truth.

    Peace!

  3. Hi Jimmy,

    The problem is that you can’t know Christ without knowing His word. That’s a big problem today, as it was in Paul’s day (a few short decades after Christ’s resurrection). He mentioned “other” Jesuses and “other” gospels. In other words, the devil cleverly gives you a version of Jesus that resonates with you, allows you to maintain your lifestyle and away you go. You think you’re walking in Christ, but really it’s a counterfeit Jesus. That’s why Paul made reference to Jannes & Jambres (letter to Timothy). What did these men do? They simply imitated Moses by throwing down their staffs which also turned to snakes. It was simply an imitation, but look at the danger. Paul identified them as withstanding the truth by replicating it, but with a twist.

    Truth is critical and while your version sounds very nice and comfortable, unfortunately it’s not that simple, hence the problems we have in the church world today – many believers, few disciples.

  4. Paul,

    I would agree that you have to know the Word to know Jesus…after all…according to scripture….they are one and the same. I would also add if you are not living according to the scripture then you cannot be a follower of Christ.

    Jesus said ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life’, So…my argument is you HAVE to know Jesus to know truth.

    Peace!

  5. Sorry Jimmy – I would have to disagree with your oversimplification. Please explain to me why virtually every epistle – Paul, Peter, John – is heavily focused on combating false conceptions about Christ. Didn’t they claim to have “a corner” on truth? Note that they are not as much focused on people claiming false deities and pagan worship as they are with people who claim to represent Christ. What does this mean? Although it is very comforting (from a carnal standpoint) to say “As long as you believe in Jesus, so let’s just get along” unfortunately this is not the reality. More people today are preaching Jesus in error than those preaching Him in truth. That’s also why Jesus Christ Himself also warned (3 times alone in Matthew 24) His followers to beware of people coming in His name – not saying that THEY are Christ necessarily, but claiming JESUS is Christ but using it as a bait to lead people astray (knowingly or unknowingly). We are called to be vigilant and while the truth is open to all, the age-old problem is that man is stubborn and sinful.

  6. Paul,

    I appreciate what you are saying…but I am of the opinion that the true gospel of Jesus IS a simple one.

    I DO believe that you HAVE to believe in Jesus AND live according to scripture.

    A TRUE follower of Christ WILL LIVE and TEACH HIS gospel! Not a man made version.

    THEREFORE…believe in Christ + follow His teaching = True Follower of Christ.

    To me, it is that simple!

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