Living In A Post-Truth World
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Telling The Real From The Fake
THE Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 was “post-truth”. By this is meant that "objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’." Although the phrase has been around for a while, there was an apparent spike in its use that year.
In an increasingly pluralistic society where moral relativism reigns, it seems that simple truth is not so simple.
In Dostoevsky's novel on faith and morals The Brothers Karamazov, which has been called "the greatest novel of belief and unbelief", Dimitri, a sensualist, quotes a saying of his atheist brother Ivan:
"If God does not exist, everything is permitted." - The Brothers Karamazov Part 4 Book 11 Chapter 4.
We see the outworking of this in a world today that has turned its back on God in favour of scientific rationalism, atheism and involvement in the occult.
Jesus Is The Truth Of God
In JOHN 18:28-40 there is a conversation between Pilate and Jesus.
33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”
35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”
36 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.”
37 “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.”
38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him."
What Is Truth?
When Pilate asked Jesus "What is truth?" he spoke in the Roman language Latin and said: "QUID EST VERITAS?"
An anagram of what Pilate said in Latin is "EST VIR QUI ADEST" which means "IT IS THE MAN WHO IS (STANDING) HERE."
Truth is not a set of beliefs or ideas. Truth is the person of Jesus Christ. To come to know Jesus is to come to know the truth of God.
To Know Jesus Is To Know The Truth
To know the truth is to come to know Jesus by being born from above by the Holy Spirit as Jesus said in JOHN 3:3-7.
Jesus promises to fill us with his Spirit when we surrender ourselves to him and says that the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth.
Jesus Is The Truth That Sets People Free
In JOHN 8:31-36 we read:
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."
Jesus is the only one able to free us from our sin and fill us with God's truth through his Spirit and through the Word of God - The Bible. As we surrender our lives to him, we discover he told the truth when he said that he would set us free.