Rev. Jonathan Latham

Rev. Jonathan Latham

John 18:38

While interrogating Jesus, Pilate heard Him say, “Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Then Pilate responded with, “What is truth?” That is a significant question. Pilate, an ambitious politician, unexpectedly had the opportunity to meet face to face with the sovereign King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and Eternal Creator of all things. He sat in the presence of the one person who knows, speaks, and is the embodiment of truth. But, Pilate was blind to the reality that stood right before his face. One might think he was the chief of fools for not recognizing the one person who is the very essence of truth.

Perhaps Pilate would have felt at home with the “wisdom” of our modern society. Today it is considered wise to speak of “truth” as if it were a pair of shoes. One person might say, “You have your truth, and I have mine. Yours is not better or worse than mine. My truth fits me, and yours fits you.” Candace Van Del, a spiritual coach, and speaker explained what it means to “speak your truth.” She said, “Owning your truth is living an authentic life based on your inner wisdom rather than the opinions of others or societal measures.” The InterQuest of Oregon State University states, “We all have our own truths, just as we have our own definitions of what ‘truth’ is. It’s all a matter of your point of view.”

Sadly, if what they say is true, then there is no ultimate truth. I might say, “Look, I am a magical unicorn with butterfly wings. What right do you have to say otherwise?” On the other hand, in my reality, I believe I have a million dollars in the bank. What gives the bank the right to disagree with me? It is my truth; therefore, the bank must accept it as real. Determining our “own” truth negates reality. For instance, what if someone chooses to believe that gravity does not exist? Positive of that “truth,” he leaps off a fifth-story balcony for a quick flight. Abruptly his perceived reality confronts cold hard facts and pavement. Most people would say such a person was a “fool.” That is probably too harsh. Maybe it wasn’t his fault. He tragically died from a “conflict of realities.”

The Bible states, “The fool has said in His heart there is no God.” (Psalm 14:14) On the other hand, an atheist says, “there is no God.” One of these belief systems has to be wrong. The Bible is clear that there is only one reality for life, and that is Jesus Christ. A joyful eternal life is His to give. One day He will return as King to rule this World. The truth is, He alone offers salvation to whoever is willing to hear His voice and trust in Him. Any other “truth” is simply a lie.

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