Tag Archives: post-truth

Post-Truth is Fake Truth #1957

37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” 38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.” (John 18:37–38, NKJV)

The editors of the Oxford Dictionaries chose “post-truth” as the word of the year in 2016. Post-truth suggests facts are less influential in shaping opinion than emotion and personal belief. Yet, by definition, truth is not relative. It is fixed, constant, absolute. The fact that we may not know or perceive truth does not make it any less the truth. For example, 12 inches equals one foot (30.48 cm, or 304.80 mm) regardless of how we feel about it. This was true before we understood it. You see, we learn truth, we are not the source of truth. When Pilate asked, “What is truth?” Jesus bore witness to the truth that He was born to be king. Those who are “of the truth” hear His voice (accept His word of truth, v. 37). Jesus identified God’s word as truth, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (Jno. 17:17). God’s word is truth – not my feelings, and not yours. Not my reasoning power, and not yours. Not my perceptions, and not yours (Prov. 14:12). Truth is fixed, constant, absolute. Truth has been revealed, and we cannot be saved without it. Jesus said His word is truth (Jno. 8:31-32). Indeed, He is “the Truth” (Jno. 14:6). The gospel calls us to conform ourselves to the truth, not try to change the truth into what we want it to be.

“Your Law is Truth” #1015

Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your law is truth. (Psalm 119:142, NKJV)

In this post-modern world, where men and women take the unjustifiable liberty of redefining truth to be relative, shifting and changing, God’s eternal truth continues to be absolute. It is the one supreme law that governs and judges us all. Just as there is “no variation or shadow of turning” of God’s righteousness, neither is the variability in the nature of truth (cf. Jas. 1:17). Whether one speaks of the law He gave specifically to Israel (the Old Testament law), or the law of Christ, the accuracy and certainty of His rule is firmly established. This gives Christians assurance as we live in a “post-truth world,” where truth is minimized as emotions shape public opinion, moral excesses and even religious faith. God’s truth is not shifting sand. The sayings of Jesus are truth, and when we believe and do them, we build our life a solid foundation that lasts into eternity (Matt. 7:24-27).