Values – TRUTH — Relative or Absolute?
“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.” John 8:31-32 KJV
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 KJV
Truth is that attribute of Jesus that is inseparable from His full nature and from God the Father and the Holy Spirit. There may be and are many sets of truths, e.g. facts that relate to many things in the arts, science and technology. But the Truth is found only in the One man Jesus Christ. He is the Way the Truth and the Life. The Word is also Truth.
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 17:17 KJV
The Word (The Bible) The Truth and Jesus are all One. To understand this more we could read this passage this way. Sanctify them through Me (Jesus), Thy Word is Me (Jesus). Or this one:
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, if ye continue in my word (Me), then are ye my (The Truth’s) disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth (Me), and the truth (I) shall make you free.”
Truth is not occasional, circumstantial or relative. It is firm, fixed and immutable. As much as Jesus is real, tangible and alive, so too is Truth. It is absolute and without alloy. There is nothing false in it. But what does this mean for us?
First, it means we can rely on it with every confidence. Second, it means we have a pattern by which we can live as we are commanded to speak the truth to one another and indeed to everyone with whom we deal on any matter at any time.
“These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:” Zechariah 8:16 KJV
Lying by those invested with the public trust is not new. Politicians have made it their tool of choice in nearly all their campaign promises. But the print media was for the most part in years past relied upon to be the watchdogs of the politicians and the powerful to expose their lies and hold them accountable for their actions and their words. They were (or so we thought) seekers and purveyors of the truth. And so we came to rely on them to keep us informed.
Today we do not have such an advocate for the truth in the public media and those in positions of political power and governmental authority frequently trample the truth under foot for political advantage over those they oppose.
But this is never to be the pattern for those in the body of Christ. We are called to a higher mode of conversation in maintaining the Truth as fundamental to all the values we have received and by which we live in Jesus Christ.
Truth is our guardian against bearing false witness or being seduced by the enemy of God into thinking that lying is nothing because everyone does it. A small exaggeration, a politically correct avoidance of speaking directly to the matter at hand, a shifting of the subject at hand to avoid having the light of truth expose what would otherwise be indicting or embarrassing, pretending to be innocent by deception and deceit. All such things are common into today’s political/media environment.
In this present socio/political/media driven climate it would be easy to become cynical or discouraged that there is no place and no one we can trust to speak the truth, the whole truth. And we would be right except for the fact that truth, Godly truth is eternal and not subject to the temporal machinations of men. We can live in this present world with confidence in God who is Truth, in Jesus Who is the Word and the Truth, in the Holy Spirit Who is the revealer of all the Truth, Who also leads (guides) us into the Truth.
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:13
In Him we have the truth in us, in our hearts and in our mouths, to speak and live without any alloy or darkness.
As He is so are we in this world.
“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.” 1