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What Is Truth?
by Michael Daniel

What is truth? The question asked by Pontius Pilate echoed through the ears of a beaten and soon to be tortured man who would give his mortal life. The ransomed had not even a remote clue as to why, even though they had lived with the man and seen his works of power, all so evidently and obviously not of this world.

What is truth? Could there be a more important question? Yet once the question passed the lips of the Roman magistrate, he would hasten away even before having the slightest possibility of hearing a response. Did Pilate truly think Jesus had the answer? Was he remembering his wife’s warning to, “Have nothing to do with this man!” and wanted out of Jesus’ presence none too soon? Did Pilate really want to know the answer, or was the question posed in mere, flippant sarcasm? Could the truth be that Pontius Pilate was absolutely terrified of the truth, were Jesus to be the one to actually know?

And could it be that we are still so utterly fearful of the truth that we, just as Pilate, still run from the question before we can hear the answer? Have we dwelt so long in the house of habit that we have made our home in the isle of illusion?

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths!” In the words of anxious children, anticipating their arrived destination; “Are we there yet?”

The chains and bars and fetters imprisoning us in the world and the systems therein strangle the life of the truth from us and drown us in a putrid poisoned pool of pandering, posturing and pleasing the self. We hear what we want to hear. We see what we want to see. Have we become so paralyzed and hypnotized; self absorbed in the futile pursuit of worldly pleasures that we dare not for an instant tarry to hear the wondrous way to total freedom in the only absolute answer to; “What is truth?”

How long? How long will we desire to be deceived? How long will we listen to lies? How long will we cater to our own character? How long will we have our ears tickled by false prophets, materialistic messengers and profiteering politicians? When will we cease from self? Will we ever, as those who profess Christ as Lord and Messiah be obedient to the declaration of dependence and in unbending, uncluttered, unconditional faith;

“Deny your self; take up your cross, and follow Me!”

A few titles that may warrant uncomfortable but very necessary scrutiny, should give us insight into how the way of Christ’ self-denial proclamation has been so arrogantly twisted and perverted.

“Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential”
“8 Steps to Create the Life You Want: The Anatomy of a Successful Life”
“Love Your Life: Living Happy, Healthy, and Whole”
“Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits”
“Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day”

Is there one iota of denying yourself in any of what you just read?

And what of the Beatitudes and the selfless assurance of:

“Take no thought what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, or what you shall put on; for you Father knows you have need of these.”

It should be painfully obvious that attempting to improve or create or love YOUR life is not only causing you to focus on yourself, it is also causing you to feed a life that has been “Crucified with Christ”. Is it not, attempting to fortify and fuel a false, delusional life apart from God rather than knowing and being one in the Only Life that is God? Do we live and move and exist in the flesh or in the living Spirit of Almighty God?

There is an old saying among cowboys:

“You can kick a dead horse from now till the cows come home, but he ain’t gonna get up and you ain’t never gonna ride him.”

Will we continue to be choked by the fleeting and false comfort and security of the fists of the world? Will we still attempt to ride the dead corpse, kicking that which can never get up or be or have life? Will we hurry away in terror of, or will we stand, be still and dare to hear and know the answer to;

“What is Truth?”

Written November 20, 2008