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What is truth?

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Letter to the Editor

Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” when truth was standing right in front of him. It is painfully obvious that our once great society is falling for the deceptions of Satan who operates as an “angel of light” in order to appear credible or virtuous. (2 Corinthians 11:14) 

It is crucial to recognize the infiltration of fragmented truths and the abandonment of empirical data and common, historical wisdom as well as the groupthink endorsement of false narratives devoid of any unifying metanarrative. Vernacular games and equivocations misuse the plain meaning of words. This deception has resulted in a splintered nation full of apathy, ignorance, and conflict.   

So-called fact checkers, governments, and especially media are proven wrong all the time, while cancel culture prowls for the next person or idea to demonize in order to further a deceptive agenda. One of the goals of our government to maintain control is to suppress the truth and stir controversy. Former CIA Director William Casey even admitted, “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” To speak the truth has never been more difficult in this dystopian society, but it’s never been more necessary than now.

So, where do we turn for accurate answers? Languages change throughout civilization, but the Bible’s consistent message has survived all of history because God Almighty ordained it. The central message is one of love, hope, peace, and salvation through Jesus Christ because each of us are sinners and require judgement from a holy and righteous God who does not tolerate sin.  God, in His mercy, does not leave us hopeless. The Creator of the universe has given mankind His gospel truth to receive with faith or reject because of our pride. (It is ironic that society now celebrates pride, which has historically been viewed as a negative character trait even by pagans).   

I would encourage anyone who is genuinely searching for meaning in this temporary earthly life to explore how science, secular history, and archaeology continue to confirm the messages of the Bible. One such resource for this understanding is a short booklet titled “You Can Trust the Bible” –

When we cherry-pick scripture to suit our agendas, we are ignoring Biblical hermeneutics. (I Corinthians 1:18-25) Christ said He came into the world for judgment (John 9:39) and division (Luke 12:51).

However, Jesus was full of love for people while hating their sin. (John 8: 1-12) If we are honest with ourselves, God puts the reality of eternity in each of our hearts. Every individual will spend that eternity either glorifying God or sorrowfully regretting our rejection of Him. No one is going to force these truths onto someone else, yet Christians are called to love the world by taking a real stand for the things of Christ by upholding truth and sharing the message of the Gospel. Until we trust in God’s absolute truth, each of us are as lost and blind as Pilate. 

Jim Gaston, Franklin