Friedrich Nietzsche once said that “All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses”. Conversely Marcus Aurelius is quoted as saying “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”


Many have asked the question: What is truth? And many have come to the conclusion that truth is relative to your position, much like Nietzsche. Francis Bacon had a poke at truth when he said, “What is truth? Said the jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.” His reference to Pilate here is probably the most poignant example of missing the point there ever was in history. We pick up the story in John 18:37-38:


“Pilate said, “So you are a king?” Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.”


“What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime.”


If Pilate had only known that the very essence of Truth was standing in front of him! Jesus directly referred to this, a while before these events, in John 14:6 when he said “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” So when people say that Truth is relative or like Nietzsche say that Truth is up to perspective then remember that the Truth of Jesus Christ is ultimate. What do I mean by that? The Truth of Jesus Christ is that we live in a fallen world in the middle of a great cosmic battle and the ONLY way out is through the person/God of Jesus Christ. The Truth is that we live in a shadow world, a shadow of the real world, and that Jesus says I have the key, follow me. Not always an easy think but all you HAVE to do is say ‘Yes, tell me more”.


[References:, Bible NLT Version]



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