What is Truth?
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32)
According to the Gospels, Pilate the Roman governor once asked two important questions: First, "What is the
truth?" (John 18:38). Second, "What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” (Matthew 27:22)
Everyone in this world should figure out the answers to these two questions.
1.Definition of the Truth
Truth is something “that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.”
“Truth is defined as that which corresponds to reality as perceived by God.” （R. C. Sproul）
God is the truth:
He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and
just is he. （Deut 32:4）
Jesus Christ is thuth truth：
“I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.”（John 14:6）
Holy Spirit is the Truth:
“But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth.”（John 16:13）
“And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.”（1 John 5:6）
God’s way is the truth：
“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”（John 17:17）
2.The characteristics of Truth
A. Truth is true
Truth must first be true, so the Bible describes Jehovah as "a faithful God”, who is absolutely righteous, just,
upright, and complete.
The Lord Jesus said, "Can any of you prove me guilty of sin?" (John 8:46)
The only charge for the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus was that He claimed to be the Son of God. But the Lord
Jesus insisted that he is really the Son of God, for which he paid the price of his life.
Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and
obey his word. (John 8:55)
In the Gospel of John, the Lord Jesus often said, "Truly, Truly, I tell you...", which means that what I say is true,
and nothing but the truth.
If something itself is false, it can then never become the truth.
"Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,''No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one." (Matt 5:37)
Unfortunately, with today’s diverse and overwhelming information, it is very difficult for you to tell which is true
and which is false. This is such a great sorrow of a society.
B. Truth is absolute
Truth must be absolute, unchanging, and eternal. If something keeps changing, then it cannot be the truth, at
least not absolute truth.
When it comes to Jesus, the Bible tells that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Heb
Jesus himself once said “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Matt 24:35)
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”（John 14:6）
“if you do not believe that I am He, you will indeed die in your sins.” (John 8:24)
The absoluteness of truth is also applicable in the scientific field. The laws of nature (truth) are also
unchanging within a certain range, so that it is possible for scientists to engage in scientific research.
Otherwise, if the law is always changing, it is not called law, and scientific research cannot be conducted.
Mathematics axioms do not need to be proved, but are to be universally accepted and become the basis for
other operations or inferences.
The absoluteness of truth is not changed by people's belief or rejection. Apples always fall from the branches
to the ground and not the other way around. This is due to gravity. If someone doesn't believe in gravity and
wants to jump down from a tall building to try it, he can only reap the consequences. The absoluteness of truth, especially the moral laws set by God, such as the "do not murder or commit
adultery" in the Ten Commandments, is applicable to any ethnic group, any time, and any region. Everyone
knows that killing or raping is incorrect, wrong, and guilty. This is because of the conscience that God puts in
They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness,
and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them. (Rom 2:15)
C.Truth is exclusive
The absoluteness of truth determines that the truth and its opposite are mutually exclusive, and it is impossible
for both to be true at the same time.
In 1 Kings 22, Ahab was going to a war against Ramoth Gilead. His four hundred prophets all said in unison
that he can go up and win, and God has given the land into the king’s hands; In contrast, there is only one
prophet Micaia who said that if Ahab goes up to the war, he must die on the battlefield. Both of these cannot be
true, and it must be one is true and the other is false. It turns out that what Micaia said is true.
Jesus replied, "I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing
these things. John's baptism -- where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin" (Matt
Did John's baptism come from heaven? Or from the world?