Two thousand years ago Pontius Pilate asked a deep and profound question that has rung down through the ages. During his questioning of Jesus when the Lord said that He came into the world to bear witness to the truth, Pilate responded saying, "What is truth?"
In this modern age of mass media with spin doctors and the use of "weasel words" it is probably harder to find the truth than ever before. Add to this those who hide behind political correctness and it is increasingly difficult to arrive at the truth in anything. But we are fortunate that the Lord also gave us a test to separate truth from error.
Now I am concerned primarily with truth in a Christian sense, but the test will also hold true for non-Christian matters too. After all, in any matter there may be many perceptions, but there is only ever one truth.
The test that the Lord gave us was in John 8:32-33 where it was written, "Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." Those last five words are the key to understanding truth, especially the truth of Christianity but also of truth in general.
Where there is truth you will find freedom for the truth is liberating. Conversely, where there is bondage, slavery and people lording over others there is no truth but only lies. Truth stands like a beacon on a hill requiring little or no explanation. Even the American founding fathers said in the Declaration of Independence:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Truth is self-evident and it is only through truth that the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness can occur. The alternative of lies, half-truths and trickery can only bring bondage, unhappiness and ultimately death. It was against this background that the Declaration was framed and the subsequent actions including war were taken.
You must also understand that there are no degrees of truth. There is no such thing as a half-truth or something being partially true. Either a matter is true or it is not. Indeed a half-truth is worse than an out and out lie because a person can be swayed into believing something false because part of what is presented is true.
In the Christian sense if you are being caught in bondage of any kind, or if you are being asked to do something that is in conflict with the words of the Bible, then you can be sure it is not of the truth. If someone is seeking to take advantage of you or flatters you or makes a big deal of you for no just reason, then beware for they are not doing this from a position of truth.
Truth does not flatter and does not seek advantage. It doesn't need to. Only lies and liars need to be bolstered in such a way, as the purpose of a lie is to gain an unfair advantage.
So when you find yourself in a situation and are unsure whether what is being presented is truth or lies, ask yourself, "Will this liberate or bind me?" If the answer is bondage then it is not the truth for as Jesus said, "The truth will make you free."
I hope that you found something here to help you or add to your own knowledge. If you have any questions, then please feel free to contact me.