We have many definitions of truth; but I am concerned with only one – the one with a capital T: Truth as defined by . . . what? Biblically, there are many variations of Truth:
- Truth is a quality used to describe utterances that are from the Lord
- Jesus describes himself as the Way, the Truth, and the Life
- For Paul, Truth is the message of God
- The Synoptic Gospels scarcely use the word truth at all, while in John, it is an extremely significant term referring to Jesus and his ministry.
- In the Pastoral Epistles, Truth takes on the characteristics of a repository, or official body of beliefs, of which the church is the faithful steward and guardian.
- Mary Baker Eddy, a 19th century Christian Mystic and the founder of the Christian Science religion, describes Truth in one word: God.
- The Gospel of Thomas professes that the person seeking Truth will be nourished by God and will fashion wings to fly.
- The Gospel of Truth declares that Truth is the Word of God.
Many variations and many interpretations of Truth are available to us, depending on our faith, our religion, our depth of understanding, and our willingness to step outside of our own intellect to examine our relations with God, Jesus, ourselves, and others.
We can only do our best to attempt to understand Truth. Jesus’s life is filled with teaching and healing; but it is also filled with, not a rejection, but a reformation of practical religion. He felt that Judaism 2000 years ago had strayed significantly from God’s word. If He were alive today, he would say the same about Christianity. Jesus preached on the value of all life, God’s love of all people, and man as the shepherd of God’s creation, Earth.
My prayer is that we will recognize Truth and allow it to lead us to the light.