Arguments, even wars, have been waged over it. Reputations have been made, or lost, because of it. Throughout human history, people of all ages, races, and genders have sought it.
“It” is truth. Or perhaps more clearly, it is Truth.
There are many forms and variations of truth, because, like beauty, truth can be in the eyes of the beholder. What one person may say or believe is “truth” to him. What another says or believes is “truth” to her. At such times, truth is very subjective, and it begins and ends with one person’s viewpoint or perspective.
But then there is Truth (with a capital “T”).
This form of truth is actually the first principle, the highest form, of all forms of truth. It is objective, not subjective. Its reality is not dependent on anyone’s opinion or belief. It does not change based on historical circumstances or sociological settings. It is Truth because it is unchangeable, immovable, and irreplaceable. We can accept it or reject it, agree with it or disagree with it, but it remains Truth.
Not so long ago, Truth was the aim and goal, both spoken and unspoken, of science, philosophy, and religion. It was what people wanted to know. It was what transcended moments in time and the human condition itself.
Truth, this Truth, could inform minds and transform lives.
Its antithesis – direct opposite – was not dishonesty, deceit, or falsehood, but rather “truth” that relied on individual assent or popular opinion. Swayed by sweet voices posing as reason, modernism, or progressivism, this “truth” would change over time and with time.
It was anchored in the temporal, not the eternal.
Its power came from man, not God.
Then came Jesus of Nazareth. The Messiah. The Son of God.
In the span of a single lifetime, including death by crucifixion and new life by resurrection, Jesus set the record straight.
He taught us that real Truth, undying Truth, is not something but Someone (John 14:6). It is not a conclusion drawn by men but a gift from Almighty God (John 3:16-17). It does not promise a temporary answer but everlasting life (John 11:25-26).
And we, for our part, can accept it or reject it. The choice is ours.
“If you abide in My word,” Jesus told us, “you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. [And] if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:31-36, NKJV)
God’s Truth does not simply persuade; it permeates. It does not simply settle an argument or debate; it has life-giving power.
God’s Truth can comfort you or challenge you, but it will always show you the way (Hebrews 4:12).
Today, join me in seeking Truth from He who is, and will always be, the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). Don’t settle for half-truths or passing truths; search for the full, abiding, and eternal Truth that comes only from the throne of God. Then know the Truth – and let Him set you free!
-- Dr. John Morris