What Is Truth?

The search for truth is an ancient reality. Nearly 2000 years ago, while on trial, Jesus said to Pontius Pilate, “I came into the world to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me” (John 18:37).

To which Pilate responded, “What is truth?” (John 18:38).

Our society continues to wrestle with this question, and in our day theories about truth abound. Some assert that there is no such thing as absolute truth (relativism). Others suggest that even if absolute truth exists, it can’t be known by imperfect human beings. Still others desire to be the authors of their own “truth” (subjectivism).

I am grateful that the Bible is not silent on the subject of truth, and I note that the Scripture pushes us past the notion that truth is a mere concept or philosophical idea. According to the testimony of Scripture, truth is not just a what, but a who.

The Gospel of John begins:

We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only (Christ), who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

We also have Jesus’ own declaration: “I am the way, the truth, and the life”(John 14:6).

The assertion of the Bible is that to know Jesus is to know truth. Furthermore, to know Jesus, to know the truth is liberating. Jesus says:

If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:31, 32)

If you’re searching for meaning—if you’re searching for the truth, I want to encourage you—truth can be known. Engage Jesus Christ and expect to find what it means to be truly free.


On September 13 at St. Giles Kingsway and at The Well, we began a 5-week series entitled TRUE[ish]. The first message, “What Is Truth?” is the “table-setting” message. I invite you to listen below and to track with this series over the next month.

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The September 20 message deals with how our pursuit of truth intersects with our pursuit of happiness. The September 27 message answers the assertion that no religion should claim to be true and that what matters most is the sincerity of our belief. October 4, we will examine how our behaviour should be transformed by our knowledge of the truth. The final message on October 11 will continue with this theme, attempting to answer the question: “What Difference Should Truth Make?”

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