Why Did Jesus Say “I Am the Truth?” Video provided by: Josh McDowell Ministry

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2 Responses to “Why Did Jesus Say “I Am the Truth?””

  • Great question. To understand this question one must examine what is meaning of the word truth?

    In his dictionary Noah Webster defines truth as “Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be”.

    By definition truth is anything that exists in reality. Anything that does not exist in reality is not and cannot be true.

    Let me illustrate this with an example. Imagine a child honestly believes with he hears monsters in his closet every night when he is sleeping. Completely terrified, he tells his parents that monsters keep trying to attack him when he is sleeping at night. Is this child telling the truth?

    This is a most difficult question because from the child’s perspective the monsters seem to be real. As adults, we know monsters do not exist in reality and are only a figment of childhood imagination. A mere illusion of the mind.

    As one may note in this example the definition of truth might not be as simple and straightforward as we once imagined. Though all would agree a truth claim by a child about monsters in the closet does not concur with reality, what constitutes reality in the real world?

    In the postmodern world everyone has the ability to find their own truth and create their own sense of reality for what feels right for them. If everyone has their own definition of reality, how can we possibly determine what is true? If truth can only exist in reality and everyone lives within their own reality, can truth even exist at all?

    In our postmodern world this question is impossible to answer. Without a clearly defined reality, truth simply cannot exist. If truth does not exist life is a question mark and the individual is left wondering who am I, where did I come from and where am I going? Humans desperately crave meaning, purpose and destiny. Truth is the thread that intricately weaves these cravings, allowing individuals to experience fulfillment and satisfaction in life. Truth explains the past and provides meaning by answering where did I come from. Truth defines the present revealing your identity and providing you with purpose in life. Truth also looks to the future and answers your deepest cravings for destiny.

    Truth provides the foundation and stability upon which an individual can build a purposeful and meaningful life. Without truth we are like castaways lost in the ocean of the unknown. Tragically, the majority of humanity is lost at sea because they are stuck trying to answer the riddle of truth and reality in our present world.

    If truth can only exist in reality and everyone lives within their own reality, can truth even exist at all?

    Philosophers have spent centuries pondering such questions. The majority of humanity has given up on such questions and prefers to spend their existence building a successful earthly life unaware nothing everything they gain in the world will one day be lost. Philosophy, science and religion have spent centuries searching for a central reality that could bring about the existence of definitive and sustained truth.

    Of the three I believe science has been most effective in discovering and proven many things. They have come up with some incredible theories that explain many details about human existence, however all these “truths” lack a central definitive reality to conform to. Though I am passionate and very appreciative of science, the reality is everything in this physical world is subject to change and will one day no longer exist.

    Though there is great validity to the empirical measurements of science, all scientific measurements are done in relative world that is changing and one day will no longer exist. For Truth claims to the questions of human meaning, purpose and destiny they must remain constant in the past, present and future.

    So we are back to the conundrum again,
    If truth can only exist in reality, can we even find truth at all?

    History has proven it is impossible for humanity to concur on central truth and central reality for all humanity. Philosophy, science and religion will continue to argue for the rest of time leaving human beings hopelessly lost without answers. There is no hope, no chance of solving the cosmic riddle of understanding or finding truth.

    So when all hope is lost, in steps Jesus not merely claiming to have the truth but to be the truth. How can an individual literally be the full expression of
    “Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be”.

    No human being could ever fit this description. God the Creator saw the hopelessness of lost humanity and recognized their inability to solve the cosmic riddle of finding truth and experiencing purpose, meaning and destiny in life. He sent messengers and leaders to try to tell humanity about the truth but they just weren’t getting it.

    Because God so loved the world, He sent His Son to not only solve the cosmic riddle of truth but to be the complete expression of purpose, meaning and destiny for every human being.

    By definition Jesus is the truth because He is the only being to enter our world who has existed since the beginning, exists today and will exist forever more. Jesus is the only individual to walk this earth who is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is the only eternal thing in this temporal world.

    Everything you see in this world will one day fade away. Like the shadows that seemed like monsters in the child’s closet, what you see is only a figment of your imagination. When you wake up in the dawning of the new age (when your earthly life ends) you will recognize like the child, the shadows of this world were only a mere illusion. In this shadowland our eyes often deceive us and that is why we must continue to remind ourselves truth is only that which is eternal reality.

    “Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be”.

  • ifidi says:

    Please explain what did Jesus mean when he said I am the truth?

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