Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (Jn. 14:6, NIV)
Truth is important to Jesus. Seventy-eight times in the Gospels He is recorded as saying “I tell you the truth” (e.g. Mt. 5:18, 10:42, 19:23; Mk. 10:5; Jn. 3:3). He talks about the power of truth to set people free (Jn. 8:32). He says that “Everyone on the side of truth listens to me” (Jn. 18:37). He promises that when “the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.” (Jn. 16:13).
But these days, the idea of truth is suspect. To some people, believing in absolute truth seems arrogant or exclusive, naïve or narrow-minded. So what do we do with that? Does it matter if you believe in truth or not? And if it does matter, how do we talk about truth in life-giving ways?
If you’re not sure about truth yourself, there are a couple of things you can do. First, you might pray the words of Pilate: “What is truth?” God honors a genuinely seeking heart and mind; that’s a question He will certainly respond to. Then, search the Scriptures. Psalm 33:4 says, “the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.” If truth is to be found, God’s Word is where you’ll find it.
As for how to talk about truth with others, the best way is to do it Jesus’ way. He was winsome, kind, smart, genuine, and patient. He asked great questions and listened with real interest. Ask God to make you more like Jesus so that when the topic of “truth” comes up among your friends or in your workplace, you can engage with people in Jesus-like ways.