Truth Or Tradition #365

(04/21/2016)

By Gene H. Miller, Minister
Steer Creek Church of Christ
3466 Rosedale Road,
Stumptown WV 25267
Phone 304-462-0384
ghmiller@frontier.com
Steer Creek Church of Christ

What Is Truth?

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Bound And Shackled Almost since the dawn of time the human family has been restricted by custom and tradition, bound by ignorance and superstition, shackled by false concepts and notions. Until the time of Columbus and Magellan, sailors were afraid of sailing off the edge of the earth, and were bound to sail within sight of the shore. Until Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch, millions died needlessly, because doctors didn’t know that germs caused disease. Until the age of the Wright Brothers, men were bound to earth, and could not soar through the skies as we do now.

Truth Frees From Such Enslavement. When we learned the Truth, we were freed from such ignorance and superstition. People in Noah’s day were imprisoned on a planet that was about to be destroyed by water. God revealed Truth that would set them free. Unfortunately only eight people believed and acted upon it. The Jews in Jerusalem were guilty of crucifying their long-awaited Messiah (Acts 2:23). Peter and the apostles revealed Truth that would free them from guilt and condemnation. Three thousand believed, obeyed, and were freed.

Jesus Reveals Truth. In our text (above), Jesus affirms three things about Truth: 1) There is a body of knowledge called Truth, 2) That Truth can be known, and 3) That Truth, when believed and obeyed can make one free.

What Is Truth? That’s the question Pilate asked Jesus (John 18:38). Pilate had asked him if he were King of the Jews, but Jesus’ answer had left him even more confused: “My kingdom is not of this world…” Not understanding the spiritual nature of The Kingdom, Pilate asked in frustration, “What is Truth?” Some years ago Johnny Cash sang about the frustration of young people in trying to find out who they were and what life is all about. One line in the chorus was: “And the lonely voice of youth cries, What is Truth?”

Men’s Answers. Men answer that question in various ways. A few years ago, the Communist would have answered: “Whatever the party says it to be.” Those who are caught up in religious cults would say: “Whatever the cult leader says it to be.” The Humanist would answer: “Whatever you believe it to be.” Some religious folks would say: “Whatever my church says it to be.” Others would answer: “Whatever my heart feels it to be.” The philosopher would answer: “There is no such thing as truth. Truth cannot be known.”

The Bible Answers. How does The Bible answer the question, What is Truth? “Thy law is truth.” (Psalm 119:142). “All thy commandments are truth.” (Psalm 119:151). “Thy word is truth.” (John 17:17). “The word of the truth of the gospel.” (Colossians 1:5). That Truth can be known, and when known, believed, and obeyed can make us free from sin and its consequences.


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