In the gospel of John chapter 18 Jesus is on trial before Pilate. Pilate asks a question that is still being asked today, “What is truth?”. Whether Pilate was sincere in his desire to know or not does not change the fact that this is a question that we need to answer. Pilate certainly asked the right person. If anyone would know about truth it would be Jesus, the divine Son of God. It is interesting that Pilate did not wait for the answer. Jesus had just said that He came to bear witness to the truth and that anyone of the truth would listen to him. Pilate would not listen, will you?
There are literally millions of people living today who do not even believe in an absolute truth. They do not believe that some things are always wrong and other things are always right. The Bible and Jesus both make it clear that there is truth and that the truth, that is one truth not many different truths, is for everyone. Truth is mentioned over 200 times in the Bible and not one of those times does it teach that truth is subjective or that the circumstances or situation makes a difference in truth.
We can see a difference in matters of opinion and in matters of right and wrong if we will just think about it. Without even dealing with religion we know that some things do not matter. For example: What is your favorite food?, What is your favorite color?, etc. We know that these things deal with opinion. If I think red is the most beautiful color and you think it is ugly we can agree to disagree. I don’t have to stop liking red and you don’t have to start liking it. These things are matters of opinion. On the other hand, if someone were on top of a building and about to step off, there should be no disagreement between us about what would happen if they were to step off. Everyone beyond a certain age knows that the person would fall. We understand that gravity pulls everything toward the ground even if we don’t understand how or why. This is truth (it does not matter whether you believe it or not, whether you are male or female, what religion you are, what your ethnic background is or what country you live in) it does not change and we would be wasting our time to try to argue the point.
There are these same two groups of things in religion. There are matters of opinion and matters of truth. Whether we believe the truth or not we will still be bound by it just as a person living on Earth is bound by gravity. Among many other things the Bible teaches: that there is one God and Jesus is his son, that there is a heaven for the righteous and a hell for the wicked, that Jesus built only one church; and that there is truth. If we can all agree in earthly matters like gravity, why can’t we agree in much more important spiritual matters? Those of us in the church of Christ believe it is possible. We would like for you to visit with us and study with us to see if we can “all speak the same thing” as Paul asked the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 1:10.