WHAT IS TRUTH?
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
Truth is telling it like it is. Truth can be described as “that which corresponds to reality.” Contrary beliefs are possible, but contrary truths are not possible. We can believe everything is true, but we cannot make everything true. Truth accurately expresses an actual state of affairs and opposite ideas cannot both be true at the same time and in the same sense.
The truth about truth:
1. All truth claims are absolute, narrow and exclusive. Even the claim that “every religion is true” excludes its opposite.
2. Truth is discovered, not invented. It exists independent of anyone’s knowledge of it. Gravity existed prior to Newton.
3. Beliefs cannot change a fact, no matter how sincerely they are held. A person can sincerely believe the world is flat but that only makes them sincerely mistaken.
4. Truth is trans-cultural. 2+2=4 here, there, and everywhere.
5. Being raised in a given culture doesn’t make the beliefs of that culture true or right. Becoming a Nazi while living in Nazi Germany doesn’t make Nazism true or right.
6. Truth is not affected by the attitude of the one professing it. An arrogant person does not make truth arrogant.