Pilate obviously proving himself not to be of the truth replied, "What is truth. . . ." Truth for many is not an absolute, but is a thing of relativity, as a matter of fact there may be multiple truths existing at the same time. For others truth is simply what they believe it to be and for others truth is something obscure that can never be fully known.
For people of faith, truth must be absolute and it must be knowable. But as we have noted in previous post, this can be a difficult process that will require effort on our part. One looking in from the outside or someone newly arriving in Christian circles may look at all the different doctrines within all the various Christian groups and wonder, how will I ever know the truth? Which one really has the truth?
Here are just a few things to acknowledge about the truth of Scripture:
1st - The text from which we derive our doctrine is ancient, thousands of years old.
2nd - Cultural differences are immense between the time of their writing and ours.
3rd - Language barriers are difficult, first understanding the meaning, then bringing that meaning fully over into another language all with varying dialects.
4th - The actual text we have are copies of copies that have been made over the centuries.
One might take the above statements and argue that we never can really really know the truth, or perhaps try to explain why it seems Christian's can't agree upon what they really believe the truth to be (their doctrine). That would be a misuse of the statements, it is only to acknowledge that there are difficulties to overcome, but they can be over come.
In the opening scripture Jesus said he came to bear witness of the truth. That tells us that truth is out there, and He was a witness of it. Like last week's post when Peter testified to the truth of who Jesus was, Jesus told Peter that knowledge did not come from man, but from the Father. Here Jesus tells us that those who are of the truth hear His voice. This is a statement of not just hearing but understanding the truth of what is heard. This is what happened in last weeks post with Peter's understanding of who Jesus was. All of the difficulties that lay before Peter in coming to this understanding were overcome by the light of Grace provided by the Father.
Now lets be real, it is fair to ask after reading that, why are we not as Christians walking under one unified doctrine of belief as in the beginning of the ancient church?
To avoid a complicated answer and getting lost in all the various factors involved in human complexity, the likes of which I am insufficient to even begin, let me give you the sum of it all as was spoken by Jesus to the Pharisees upon their question of divorce.
Mat 19:8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
Any time we are outside the truth of God's Word it is because of the hardness of our hearts. That is not something we as Christians like to acknowledge, but our differences in what we believe the truth to be come from the hardness of our hearts, our holding to our pride, self worth, or a myriad of other vices that blind us to the truth. This hardness separates us in doctrine and opens us to deception and false teachings that are ever present to avail itself within the Church.
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
Want to know the truth? You can begin the wonderful discovery of who God is today, humble yourself, seek his face, give your life to knowing Him. As you travel you will discover truth all along the way. While you travel, love those who differ, knowing like Peter, the light of Grace will shine truth before your eyes.