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The Battle Over Truth


It was not until the 1960's, when in western Israel, archaeologists discovered positive proof of the existence of the Roman governor Pontius Pilate who interrogated Jesus prior to His execution (John 18:28 - 40).  After hearing Jesus say that those on the side of truth listen to Him because He is truth, Pilate appeared frustrated and agitated, so he asked the age-old question: "What is truth?"  We don't know if Pilate just muttered "what is truth" under his breath in frustration or if he honestly enquired of Jesus what is truth.  In Pilate's back-stabbing political world, truth was hard to come by.  Whatever motivated Pilate's question, what is truth has been battled over among philosophers, theologians, and the general public since creation, where the battle began.    


The confusion over truth entered humanity the moment Adam disobeyed God.  To justify himself before God Adam shifted the blame for his sin away from himself and onto both God and Eve.  Genesis 3:12 reads:


"The woman you put here with me - she gave me some fruit from the tree." 


The words "the woman (note, not my wife) you put here" shifts the blame from Adam to God.  If God had not created "the woman" all would be fine.  The words "she gave me" shifts the blame from Adam to Eve.  It was her fault.  Adam did speak the truth.  God did create the woman and she did offer him the fruit.  Adam, however, used the truth in an untruthful, self-protecting way.  He, not Eve nor God, was responsible for his sin.  Adam's lack of truthfulness is where the distorting of truth entered the human condition.           


Fast-forwarding to today, truth is seen as being relative throughout our western-world's moral conscience.  That means truth varies from person to person, from place to place, and from era to era.  There is no absolute, constant, universal truth that all must embrace, and that is problematic.


Due to our presupposition that there is no absolute truth, everyone is an inventor of truth.  Our various versions of truth that are rapidly swirling around our high-tech world have created confusion.  Not knowing what really is true, we throw up our hands in bewilderment.  Like Pilate we ask: "What is truth."  We thus choose to believe whatever captivates our attention to be true, or as 2 Timothy 4:3 puts it, "whatever our itching ears desire to hear." 


The sad result of our present cultural confusion over truth is that people are believing the latest lie to be true, which reminds me of 2 Thessalonians 2:9 through 12.


"The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works.  He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness."


I can't be sure that Paul was writing about our day, but it does seem to apply.  Paul predicted a day when God, not Satan, would send a powerful delusion to those who persist in rejecting truth.  Satan would be the tool in God's hand that causes these truth-rejecters to believe "the lie," whatever "the lie" (not a lie) is. 


As Christians we cannot afford to be distracted from our mission to make disciples of Jesus and get caught up in the present satanic-influenced delusional battle over what is truth that is consuming our high-tech universe.  We must rise above the fight, simply stand firm as a beacon of God's truth, as God causes all cultures to crumble in confusion.  It's His battle, a battle that will end with the destruction of all nations, as seen in Revelation, chapter 18.


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