In the last few months (the beginning of the year 2017), I have found the subject of truth to be a recurring theme. The new phrase “fake news” now shows up regularly. It seems almost everything published now must be scrutinized through some filter to determine if it’s true. If we’re really concerned about truth, perhaps we should even consider the filters we use to sift out the truth, and whether those filters are true, or perhaps tainted with our own incorrect opinions.
It’s enough to make a thinking person dizzy.
In several resulting conversations when such things come up, I’m reminded of the conversation Yeshua (you can call him Jesus, but I prefer Yeshua) had with Pilate. I’ve even mentioned it specifically when pointing out that we don’t always know where the truth of a matter exists anymore. And each time, I’ve said this:
When Pilate asked ‘what is truth,’ I wish he had waited for the answer.
But I don’t think I need to worry with that anymore. You see…when asked a question, Yeshua usually responded by quoting scripture. If he had answered Pilate, I think it would have related in some way to this:
Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your law is truth. ~ Psalm 119:142
In one way or another, he would have pointed Pilate to the Law (Torah) as truth. That also ties to what he told Pilate to get this response:
I AM the Way — and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me. ~ John 14:6
Yeshua is the Truth because Torah–the very Word of God–is the truth. He is the Word made flesh (John 1:14). The believer doesn’t have to wonder about ultimate truth. We already know it…even though we often don’t live it out. Perhaps that’s why we can’t recognize truth in anything else. Perhaps to become better discerners of truth in our daily lives, we should first focus on realizing the Truth that we’ve already been given but so often ignore.
Side note: In case you’ve never thought about it, the only scripture that existed at the time of Yeshua was what we call the “Old Testament.” In Yeshua’s time, they often called it “Moses and the prophets” or “the Law and the prophets” or sometimes just Torah. You rarely find the word Torah in modern Bibles now, though. Translators of modern versions generally substitute “the Law” for Torah. But that’s a topic for another post.