“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?” – John 18:37-39
True-ish. Sounds true, looks true, feels true but it is actually a lie. The expression ‘I believe’ is one of the greatest problems that our generation faces and somewhere in the mix of postmodernism we are faced with the question ‘what is truth?’ Can we all have our individual truth or is there absolute truth.
In John 18:38 ‘Pilate asked “What is truth?”’
Our spiritual enemy, Satan, is the Father of Lies. He’s got two great weapons that he’s using today. The first if the weapon of relativism and the second is the weapon of subjectivism.
Relativism is the assumption that there is no such thing as absolute truth. It claims that truth is always evolving and is not constant. What used to be true is now no longer true today.
Subjectivism means that I the subject have the right to determine what is right and wrong without submitting my judgement to any authority outside myself. Since there is no absolute truth you can’t impose your beliefs on me. I am the source of truth. I’ll determine if my actions are right or wrong based on how I feel. Subjectivism leads me to these beliefs. Well if it feels good it must be true. As long as it makes me happy that’s all that matters. As long as I’m sincere it doesn’t matter what I believe. As long as it doesn’t hurt anyone it doesn’t matter what I do.
The problem is that with every true-ish belief, with every small step from the truth which we take, we become further from the actual truth.
In John 18:37 we see the following discussion between Jesus and Pilate. “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
Jesus said that I came into the world, to testify to the truth. What we believe to be true effect every part of our lives and Jesus says that He has come to make this clear. We can know the absolute truth!