When the Jewish authorities brought Jesus before Pilate (the civil ruler of the day) he asked Jesus, What is truth? (John 18.38)
Jesus had just said, To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice (John 18.37).
When Jesus said there are people “of the truth” who hear him he is also saying there are people who are not of the truth who don’t hear him. He made this point explicitly: Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil (John 8.43-44).
Pilate was not of the truth. Are you of the truth? Or are you of your father the devil? Strong words, I know, but those are God’s words and those are the two options he gives us.
Three Sources of Truth Compared
|The Word of God written, all 66 books of the Old and New Testaments and them only, are given by inspiration of God to be the rule of faith and life (2Timothy 3.16).The authority of the Bible depends not upon the testimony of any man or set of Church leaders, but wholly upon God (who is truth itself) the author thereof (2Peter 1.21); therefore it is to be received as it declares itself to be: the word of God (1Thessalonians 2.13).||Truth is variously defined: what ‘works’, what is ‘agreed upon’, what ‘creates peace’, etc.||‘The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints accepts four books as scripture: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrines & Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price. These books are called the standard works of the Church. The words of our living prophets are also accepted as Scripture’ (Gospel Principles, LDS, p. 49).‘But the Bible has been robbed of its plainness; … almost every verse has been corrupted and mutilated to the degree that scarcely any two of them read alike’ (The Seer, Pratt, p. 213).|
|God says his word is true and cannot fail:Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth (John 17.17).
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever (Isaiah 40.8)
|There is no sure basis for these claims; who defines what works? what creates peace?; people are left standing on shifting sands:a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall. (Matthew 7.26-27)||Truth must be consistent with itself, else it is not truth:
…God, who cannot lie… (Titus 1.2; cf. Hebrews 6.18, Numbers 23.19, 1Samuel 15.29)
We implore you to seek for truth where it can be found — the Bible. It alone is true because it alone is authored by God himself; everything and everyone else will pass away but the word of the Lord stands forever. The Bible was written that you may know the truth, trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and have eternal life (John 20.31; Luke 1.3-4).
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