John 18:37-38 “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.”
Pilate had reached his position of power by way of political positioning, the strength of character, wealth, and intellect. Because his rule was over many cultures and nations, he had to be a student of history, culture, and how it would all play out in the grand scheme to the advantage of the Roman empire.
To hear this Jewish rabbi accused of crimes not of Roman law, he was seemingly befuddled when Jesus said, “…that I should bear witness unto the truth.”
But I believe it was what he said afterward that captured Pilate’s attention.
“Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”
His pride could have caused him to think that he was in the category of those that heard the truth. He also could have believed himself to be more than this lowly preacher whose presence seemed to become more than just an irritation.
Pilate was becoming increasingly aware of the volatility of this whole situation.
His inner voice may have asked the question, “What is truth?” when all of a sudden, he found himself say it out loud.
To every one of us who heard the gospel for the first time, we may have asked ourselves that very same question. “What is truth?” or “Is that true in light of what I know to be true?”
We all have a standard by which we discern and judge. That standard is formed throughout our youth and forged every day we live. It is solidified by our experiences, the knowledge we acquire, and the influences we allow in our life. They become a part of the truth that we accept for ourselves.
Each of us has had that truth we hold challenged.
Something or someone has said or done something to differ, or even oppose the truths we have learned to hold dear.
What then? Where do we go? Who do we trust?
There are those whose explanations and reasoning make sense to us, and we accept it readily. The contributions of others need to go through a discernment process before we accept it. Some use the principle of majority rule – that if there is a significant amount of people following a truth, it must be right. God’s Word warns us:
Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
But I ask, should we discount what someone might say, without first vetting it to see if it is true? We may not like what we hear, but is it true?
The standard by which we should discern and judge should contain its origin. That is where we should agree to begin. Where did this ‘truth’ first appear? By whom?
If we cannot agree on the creation of the universe, then we will have a tough time establishing what is true. Facts, both scientific and biblical, match to point to God being the prime-mover of what we know and see today.
Though you may not choose to embrace the biblical account of creation, I truly believe it takes more faith to believe otherwise. For each of us, we must determine by which standard we will discern and judge what is true.
For those who embrace the Bible as the Word of God and use it as their standard, I ask, “Is my standard for all things, or, do I pick and choose only those things I like or those with which we agree?”
For those who do not, I challenge you to dig deep into the Word of God and see if it doesn’t reveal truths we may have accepted to be false.
There are many accounts of atheists who, in their disbelief, set out to disprove the Bible. In the end, they became believers and strong advocates and witnesses FOR God, Jesus, and the Bible as the source for all belief and practice.
Josh McDowell wrote “Evidence that Demands a Verdict” and now hosts a ministry to provide enough evidence to help you make up your mind. There are so many others that if you are interested, I can message their links to you if you are searching.
I write not to convince anyone of anything. I write because I have found the truth – not just a truth.
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Jesus is the only one who has the power to make you, and I genuinely free.
John 8:31-32 “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
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