What is Truth?

In John 18:37-38 Jesus tells Pilot that he was born to testify to truth. To which Pilot replies, what is truth?

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/truth)

a (1) : the body of real things, events, and facts : actuality (2) : the state of being the case : fact (3) often capitalized : a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality

Principles when thinking about truth:

1) Religious Beliefs ARE dangerous

-Anything you believe is more important than life itself you will be willing to kill and die for. Therefore, religious beliefs have the potential to be dangerous. However, if your core belief is that God loves all people and was willing to die for His enemies than your central beliefs will prohibit you from using violence even to protect your religious beliefs.

2) Relativism is self-refuting

-Just think about this statement, there is no such thing as absolute truth. Isnt that statement itself an absolute truth claim?

3) Truth is always narrow

-Truth is whatever corresponds to reality and since there is only one reality, truth is narrow. For instance, there are infinite numbers of wrong answers and only one right to the question what is 2+2.

-What makes you narrow mind is not that you believe in truth, but how and why you believe something is truth. Are you open to dialogue and discussion? Are you open to the possibility you could be wrong?

4) No one really believes relativism

-No one lives consistently with the position of relativism. Just try to steal their parking spot and see if they dont appeal to a standard of fairness.

5) Jesus made absolute truth claims

-Jesus claimed to be the way the truth and the life and the New Testament tells us that we are saved by the name of Jesus.

Reference: whchurch.org

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