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truthThere is a great struggle going on in our culture today, and it has to do with truth.  People are confused and unsure how to determine what truth is.  Is truth absolute? Is truth subjective to each person? Jesus said, ““If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31-32).  If the truth is what sets us free, then we better figure it out, or we will be slaves all of our lives.  

                A subjective truth is decided by the individual. It is a truth that they have decided on and will live their life by.  This means that what I decide to be true for me isn’t necessarily true for you, and your truth can be the complete opposite of my truth.  In the book of Judges we see the nation of Israel doing just that.  “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).  We see from their example that it was not the best recipe for life.  They ended up enslaved to other people and became a society that did some pretty horrible things (Judges 19).  Living by subjective truth is not the way to go. 

                We need to live by absolute truth or objective truth.  This means that there is a standard of truth, an absolute truth that cannot be changed.  For example, if I needed to cut a 2x4 down to 2 feet, how would I go about it? If I eye balled it, I might get close to the right measurement but the likelihood of me being right is very slim.  I would need to measure it with a measuring tape that had the standard for feet on it to get the right cut.  Here we have a universal standard or absolute truth in regards to measuring feet. 

                Jesus said, “the truth would set us free,” but what is that truth?  He told his disciples to continue in His word and they would truly be disciples of His. You could also say that Jesus is the truth based on John 14:6. He has given us the truth by which to live our lives, and be set free from the sin that has enslaved us.  “Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” Let’s live our lives guided by the truth, so that we can truly be free!


Travis Robertson

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