“For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the created things rather than the Creator, who is forever praised.” Romans 1: 25
In the world of “moral relativism,” absolute truth doesn’t exist. So when Jesus said, “I am the truth” (John 14: 6), what Jesus really said was that absolute truth does exist and that He is it. In other words, truth isn’t found in knowledge or in a philosophy, but in a person – in Jesus.
Today, we often look to higher education for truth. Harvard University’s seal includes the Latin word for truth, VERITAS. The implication is that at Harvard, you’ll gain great knowledge and discover truth. That mentality has become the basis of many Universities and academics in society today; from knowledge comes truth. But Jesus said something completely contrary. He said that absolute truth is found in a person – in Him.
Why do so many struggle with this concept of truth? Because we’ve accepted a lie. We’ve exchanged the truth of God for a lie that says ultimate meaning comes from creation rather than from the Creator. In other words, people only believe what can be seen, touched, and felt, versus the One who created what we see, touch and feel. And just like the church in first century Rome struggled with this understanding of truth, much of the world does today.
People buy into this lie and focus on “stuff,” on materialism, on things we can see and explain, rather than on God. As a result, life becomes a never ending saga of searching for fulfillment. The search for truth feels hopeless and unattainable. Yet, Jesus is clear: He is both the way to God and the ultimate truth. Do you believe Him?