Dec. 2 - Exploring Truth, Part 1
There are many people in this world who feel that Christians are just sheep, blindly following an invisible being without evidence, believing anything they’re told. They assume Christ-followers are just suckers who have fallen for some massive scam without bothering to check the facts.
On the other hand, those of us who follow Jesus have found that the longer we follow Him, the more certain we are that Jesus is the truth. And the deeper we dig into Scripture, study God’s word, and surround ourselves with other followers, that truth continues to be confirmed for us every day.
On Sunday, Greg talked about truth. He used obvious lies that were told during the Iraqi presidential election as an example to illustrate that these statements about truth are factual:
The truth is discoverable.
Truth is truth whether we believe it or not.
Truth does not contradict itself.
Truth is descriptive. To discover truth, the mind comes into agreement with reality.
Beliefs can be true or false, but the truth is always the truth.
Truth is logically consistent.
Truth is inescapable.
Many people prefer to deny the truth rather than face their own sin, brokenness, and need for Jesus. Pilate did the same thing when Jesus was arrested and brought before him in John 18:31-38:
Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”
“But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.
Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
“Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”
“Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”
Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
“What is truth?” retorted Pilate.
As Pilate stood there face-to-face with the truth (Jesus), he made four attempts to deal with it:
He tried to put the responsibility on someone else (18:31);
He tried to find a way of escape so he could release Jesus (18:39);
He tried to compromise with having Jesus flogged rather than handing him over to die.
He tried a direct appeal to the sympathy of the accusers (19:15).
Pilate tried to escape the truth, but the truth is inescapable. At some point in life, everyone has to decide what to do with Jesus. Pilate attempted to push it away, but he didn’t succeed.
Read through these statements made by Naturalists (those who believe there is only physical matter in the universe, including humans) and compare them to what you know to be true:
“Humankind is just cosmic pollution. If you got rid of us, the universe would be the same. We are completely irrelevant. - Physicist Lawrence Krauss
“Gone is purpose. This is the bleakness we have to accept as we peer deeply and dispassionately into the heart of the universe. – Chemist Peter Atkins
“Morality is an illusion put in place by your genes to make you a social cooperator…” – Atheist Philosopher Michael Ruse
Christians live by faith, but we also live by facts, and we live out experiences that are counter to these statements every day. We know we aren’t irrelevant, purposeless pollutants. We know the truth that we are valuable, loved, eternal souls and the God who is immaterial created us, loves us, and cares for us.
Whether you believe what’s written in the Bible or not, its truth exists outside yourself. When you encounter a worldview, you can go right back to scripture and see where it has been written for a thousand years. At some point you, like Pilate, will have to deal with Jesus. Which truth do you want to have dedicated your life to when that moment comes?