“For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world–to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” – John 18:38-39 (ESV)
I was listening to a recent series by Ravi Zacharias on the absence of truth in today’s society — what’s good for one may not be good for another. After all, it’s all relative. And traveling throughout the world and speaking at many college campuses and universities, Dr. Zacharias feels that many pride themselves on the fact that after much studying, we can’t really be sure of anything. He then related this amusing, but sad, story:
“Most of my time is spent dialogging with those that are hostile to the gospel. So we get to the best of these arenas and I hear the most startling of comments.
Earlier on this year I was at the University of Florida at Gainesville. Do you know what the opening student actually said ? He actually stood up and said he did not even know if he existed ! He couldn’t be too sure. I asked him if he could be sure that I existed. “No” came the answer.
How do you deny your own existence ?“
I’ve been thinking about this topic lately, and how there seems to be so little regard for truth these days. I’ve also been wondering if, as Dr. Zacharias explains in regard to college campuses, perhaps the reason that many come to the conclusion that they can’t really be sure of anything is that they’ve come face-to-face with the truth and just don’t want to believe it. Probably just doesn’t line up with their own version of it.
Disregarding truth is also helpful when you need to explain away sinful behavior. I saw a woman on TV a few weeks ago who said that if you’re married, and then fall in love with someone else and end the marriage, that’s not really wrong. She probably shrugs her shoulders, as Pilate did, and thinks “What is truth ?”
As believers though, we can be certain of truth. We can open our Bibles every day and let it pour into us. And praise God for that !