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?” (John 18:37-38)
What Is Truth
The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. This is a known fact that has never changed since the beginning of time. There has never been a deviation of this fact. It is a certainty as long as the earth remains. No argument will change this reality. The veracity of the sun rising in the east and setting in the west is never challenged or denied. This is truth.
Recently mankind witnessed a supermoon lunar eclipse. The next supermoon eclipse will occur in 2033. How does man know this? Because truth is not only the same yesterday and today but it will also be the same in the year 2033. If the world remains the sun will still rise in the east and set in the west in the year 2033. Why? Because truth is constant. In mathematics 1+1=2 whether you speak English or Russian or live in Italy or Bolivia. Math is the purest form of truth because it does not change. You can believe that 1+1=3 but it does not change the truth. It just means that what you believe is wrong.
The Bible is truth. While no one argues about the rising and setting of the sun or the truth in mathematics the Bible is seldom viewed as truth. Critics of the word of God deny the exactness of its contents yet its message has remained unchanged since the beginning of time. Like the sun it reflects the hand of its Creator as being complete, unchanging and without variation. A charge is made that man changes the world of God but an honest examination finds this to be false. Jesus came to bear witness of the truth given to Him by His Father and through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit the word of God has remained the same since the day of its inception. Disbelieving the Bible does not change the truth no more than when the Jews killed Jesus on the cross changed the fact that He was the Son of God.
When we view the Bible as anything but TRUTH then we deny the sun rising in the east and 1+1=2. The difference is that one day the truth of science and math will be destroyed but the truth of God’s word will be eternal. Only in the Bible can we find the mind of God and only through our acceptance of the Bible as being our guide will we find happiness and meaning. Pilate asked “What is truth.” It was standing before Him.
Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing. The sun needs no inscription to distinguish him from darkness. (Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man, 1791)