Bible Q & A: What is the truth?

Published 6:39 pm Thursday, April 5, 2018

By Norm Fields
Minister, Church of Christ Northside

The general mindset of our society today, especially with millennials, is that “truth” is something that is fluid from person to person. The idea that anything could be “absolutely true” is repugnant to many. Rather, the popular concept is that truth is determined by each individual for themselves and no one can “enforce” or “bind” their truth on anyone else. That is, just because I hold something to be true doesn’t mean that it would be true for you.

With some things that idea would apply just fine. For example, it is true for me that liver is not an edible peace of meat. For others that would not be true, believe it or not there are those who actually like liver. That is something that is subjective. Subjective truth is determined by the subject themselves.

But everything isn’t subjective. There are things that are objectively true.

That is, the object itself is true regardless of how the subject views it. Things that are subjective are up to individual opinion. Things that are objective are not up to individual opinion. It is objectively true that liver is organ meat.

It is subjective as to whether or not liver is actually edible. My opinion of whether it is edible or not doesn’t change the fact that is organ meat. Objective truth is absolutely true.

It is absolutely true that the Bible is the divinely inspired word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). My opinion toward the Bible doesn’t change that. It is absolutely true that Jesus is the Son of God (John 3:16; Acts 8:37), regardless of my opinion toward Jesus. It is absolutely true that salvation is only available through him (John 14:6), regardless of my opinion toward salvation. It is absolutely true that baptism is essential for the washing away of sins (Acts 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21), regardless of my opinion toward baptism. My only choice with objective truth is whether to accept or reject it. But my choice doesn’t alter whether it is true or not — that is absolute.

Beginning on Sunday, April 29, we will be having a special study of “Truth” with James Rogers.

On Sunday morning, at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., he will be speaking on “Obligations to Truth.” On Sunday evening, at 6 p.m., he will begin the series “Have You Considered These Four Truths?”

The series will continue Monday through Wednesday, at 7 p.m. nightly. We pray that you will come and join us for this study of “Truth.”