Monday, January 24, 2005

What is Truth?

Read the prior message in this series: "Introduction"

"What is Truth?" Pontius Pilate asked Jesus this question in John 18. It may have been a rhetorical question or even a dismissive retort, but ironically Pilate was looking in the face of Truth Incarnate. What a missed opportunity!

Pilate may have been too worried about his own predicament to carefully consider the answer to his own question. The Jews had him in a pickle. If he let Jesus go he would be accused of disloyalty to Caesar, but if he gave in to the Jews clammoring to crucify Jesus, he would be condemning an innocent man. He tried to wash his hands of the incident, but church tradition tells us this event plagued him the rest of his life.

I hope to learn from Pilate's mistake. I never want to be too busy or too caught up in my own problems to miss the Truth like Pontius Pilate did. Too much is at stake. And, I hope to convince you it is worth your time and effort to slow down long enough to really ponder the answer to this deceptively simple little question.

So, what is truth? The best and most concise definition I've heard is "conformance to reality." But what does that really mean? Is this just philosophical mumbo jumbo? How does this little philosophical question of "What is Truth?" make any difference in my life? Well, that's what I'm hoping to show you as this blog progresses.

Read the next message in this series: "The Nature of Truth"

1 comment:

  1. Excellent! I'm glad you didn't get bogged down in coherence theory of truth vs. correspondence theory of truth. Correspondence is correct. To be more precise, truth is an attribute of all declarative statements that correspond to reality. Reality is that which is. If you don't know what is is, run for president :)

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