This is certainly one universal question which has troubled man right from the beginning of his existence through generations till date. Slightly over 2000 years ago, an influential ruler in the then famous Roman empire asked this question; “What is truth?…” (John 18:38). Even today, men are still asking the same question about what Truth actually is because there is yet no universally accepted definition of Truth among men!
This is a big dilemma because Truth is supposed to be the standard, framework, guideline or key that regulates, powers, and administers the realities of life, as well as the sanity and safety of the operations of its principles. It is also supposed to be the ‘substance’ by which creation itself is framed.
Why this division and shroud of confusion about the nature or definition of Truth? Definitely the confusion has to do with the impairments and distortions that accompany the corruption and weakening of our spiritual, moral, and consequently physical being, perception, intellect, emotion, experience, and ‘realities’. Due to this corruption and impairments in our realm or world, our idea or perception of Truth or ‘reality’ most times fall short of what it really is. These impaired perceptions and ideas come in the garb of relativism, superstition, cold, hard, high and dry impersonal empiricism, assumptions and pre-emption.
In the absolute sense, Truth is not ‘relative’, and it is deeper than empiricism, beyond euphoria, and superior to our emotions or feelings; ‘It’ is a living, ‘interactive’, definite, clear and pure, unchanging and eternal, ‘absolute’ high-fidelity ‘phenomenon’ – ‘It’ is Spirit and life! In the light of eternity, Truth is actually distinct and immutable! Its ‘fabric’ is made of the highest integrity possible – in ‘It’ there is no variableness, shadow of turning or error (James 1:17).
As I’ve said earlier, Truth is alive and ‘interactive’. If something is interactive (e.g. a computer program or TV system), it allows you to ‘communicate’ directly with it, and does things in reaction to your actions in particular ways, as programmed in the system. This is another fascinating attribute of Truth, which probably makes it astounding and infinite in its operations.
Truth is not just sets or bodies of laws and principles, but essentially a “Living and interactive ‘Phenomenon’”. Knowing Truth at this fundamental level is extremely important in having true and tangible understanding of true reality vis-a-vis errors and illusions. When one truly understands Truth this way, life takes on a whole new perception, meaning, value, dimension, purpose and direction, which breed assurance, hope, faith, confidence, contentment, and fulfillment, even in the face of the most daunting crisis or challenge of life. Without Truth life won’t exist – nothing would exist! So, what exactly is this awesome ‘phenomenon’?
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