Compare your beliefs about truth with this college freshman.
Truth. Absolute, relative; given, created. Truth comes in various ways. A person’s definition of truth greatly depends on the home they come from. There are two basic definitions of truth, one that comes from the world, also defined in Webster, and the definition that come from God defined in the Christian Bible.
Truth[…]1 A state of being the case; 2 Judgment, proposition or idea that is true or accepted as true; 3 Relative. Webster’s definition is how most of the world sees truth, not as an absolute. Most of the world believes that what can be true for one may not be true for his/her neighbor. Example, some man’s family is in debt and the man robs a bank. Is it wrong? The world thinks not. They believe that the ends justify the means. The world’s truth is considered relative; it changes depending on the person.
On the other hand, the Bible has a totally different meaning. In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the light[…].” Jesus was saying that he is our truth; He is the right when the world is wrong. God reveals truth to us in two different forms, special revelation and general revelation. Special Revelation is the inspired Bible, this includes theology, hermeneutics and truth. Science, and factual data are part of the General revelation. According to the Bible Jesus is our truth. We know that the things in the Bible are absolute truths because Jesus says in Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” So is all truth God’s? No, God’s truth is absolute and never changing, but relative truth changes according to the person. Therefore, not all truth is God’s.
For me truth is what God states in His word. Although some things in the Bible are cultural, there still can be an application for me. The meaning of God’s word does not change neither do His laws. It is absolute. Although at times I wish truth could be relative, I know that God has laid down laws for me to follow, because they are for my own good, and I must follow them. Jesus said the truth will set me free; free from the confusion of this world and of their false teachings.
Truth is defined in two ways. What the world says is a relative truth, applying only to certain people in certain situations and what God defines in his word as absolute truth. Relative truth is not God’s truth; as a result not all truth is God’s truth.