What is truth?
From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Q: I am attending a seminary where claims are made that contradict the Bible. Postmodernism lays out "a view of truth as it relates to perspectives and general agreement," so my professor says. His answer falls short but I struggle to find a definitive response. What is truth? -- T.S.
A: People have all kinds of ideas about truth. Some people think that there is no absolute truth. Whatever the view, wisely study and believe what Jesus taught about truth. He taught not only that there is truth, but that He is the Truth. Through prayer ask Him to give you the faith to believe and put into practice His absolute truth, and pray the same for others.
Scripture tells us to study to show that we are approved to God (2 Timothy 2:15) -- that our beliefs line up with His. We are to know God's Word, believe it, obey it, and live by it. Great blessing and comfort comes in the midst of a conflicted world embroiled in turmoil.
There are those who are offended by absolute truth -- but it doesn't change with the blowing of the wind. "The Spirit of truth ... will guide you into all truth" (John 16:13). Jesus made the bold claim, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6).
People question whether the Bible is really the Word of God. They put doubt in people's minds, asking, "Did God really say that?" This is exactly what Satan did in the Garden of Eden. But the truth is clear: From beginning to end the Bible is God's Word, inspired by the Holy Spirit who will teach us, and we can know the truth, and the truth will set us free (John 8:32).
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)
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