Lifelines May 11, 2018

“What is truth (John 18:38)?”  One of history’s most notorious characters posed that question to the Savior of the world.  It was a critical time.  It usually is when we are in the search for truth.  The forces of evil seemed to have all the momentum.  Pilate felt the squeeze of it.  Pressure mounted. Public opinion was hostile toward the Messiah.  It is an interesting question, one with never ending implications.

The word of the Lord is truth (John 17:17).  Every syllable that He ever uttered is trustworthy.  Our response to it may vary widely, but we cannot change it.  We can burn it.  Reject it.  Accept it.  Deny it.  But we cannot alter it.  The serpent tried.  He sought to undermine the validity of God’s command.  He succeeded in convincing Eve.  The word did not change, but the world did.  Our individual reality is distorted when truth is rejected.  We do not see things as they really are, and that will inevitably lead us into a death chamber.

Postmodern thinking rejects the notion that there is absolute truth.  The original liar (John 8:44) is still busy with a new way of warping minds.  Common sense outweighs Divine revelation in contemporary culture.  Feelings override intellect.  Majority opinion is favored over God’s.  The resulting chaos is as predictable as the sunrise.  The internal confusion that uncertainty generates turns into actions which fill our homes and spill into the streets.  America seeks political solutions to spiritual problems.  They fail, yielding a bumper crop of frustration.

“Professing to be wise, they became fools (Romans 1:22).”  It dresses up in the fanciest academic cap and gown imaginable.  Nothing exploded and became a bunch of stars and planets.  Quite coincidentally they arranged themselves, unaided, in orbits.  From the sludge life popped into being.  With no musicians, instruments or director; a symphony began.  What a silly, antiquated notion is this God thing.  And truth?  That’s a quaint concept consigned to the uneducated.  The environment is ripe for a big bite of forbidden fruit.

Twenty centuries ago Jesus spoke of knowing the truth (John 8:31-32).  It is a knowledge that is obtainable, and it is much more than simply facts crammed into our cranium.  Yes, there is information to learn, but we must translate those facts into a lifestyle.  It takes an ongoing application of God’s principles to get to the ultimate truth.  It is more than we thought.  Much more.

“I am the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).”  The word of God (Truth) guides us into a knowledge of the Son of God (The living Truth).  The word (John 17:17) leads us to the Word (John 1:1). That is our only hope of being liberated from the bondage of sin (John 8:36) and seeing us safely home to our Father.  There is no other way.  Take it or leave it, but we cannot change it.