OPINION: HARRY MARTINEZ: What is Truth? (Part 2)

Feb. 12—The continuing search for Truth apart from God's Word is an unending, futile exercise in human speculation and results in confusion, uncertainty and frustration. These outcomes are inevitable if Truth is assumed to be relative, subjective and opinionative. Such thinking is contrary to the very essence of the Word itself. Truth must be, and is, absolute, free from contradiction and anything that is false. Only One Being is the source and possessor of Truth, God Himself. His divine essence demands perfect accuracy, integrity, knowledge, consistency and objectivity. Therefore, to know the thinking of God provides guidance and instruction for mankind.

Scripture repeatedly addresses the subject of Truth. Jesus declared ... "Your word is Truth" (John 17:17b. The Psalmist wrote ... "How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you" (Ps 119:9-11 NIV). These were the words of a prisoner on the death march to Babylon. From the human perspective all was doom and gloom, yet he was not focused on his calamity, but on the God who was his confidence and sustainer of life. Therefore, he prayed ... "May your unfailing love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise; then I will answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in your word. Do not snatch the word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws" (Ps 119:41-43 NIV).

A contrasting scene is presented in Scripture of a man named Pilate who possessed great earthly power and wealth, yet, he knew not God. He stood in the very presence of Jesus, God in the flesh, who is the embodiment of all Truth, and questioned his Creator. "Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" "Is that your own idea," Jesus asked, "or did others talk to you about me?" "Am I a Jew?" Pilate replied. "It was your people and your chief priests who handed you over to me. What is it you have done?" Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place." "You are a king, then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me" (John 18:33-37 NIV).

Pilate had been given a grace opportunity to personally meet Jesus. His was the privilege of meeting the Savior who had declared His Divine mission ... "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost" (Lk 19:10 NIV). Such an encounter demanded a response of either acceptance or rejection of Truth. John stated the two options ... "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him" (John 3:36 NIV).

These words leave no room for discussion, alternate proposals or extenuating circumstances. They are absolutes, unquestionable Truth. The God of all grace, knowledge, love and power has extended the offer of salvation to every individual through faith in the Work of Christ on the Cross. "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich" (2 Cor 8:9 NIV). "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Cor 5:21 NIV).

The Cross had been ordained from eternity past, and though Pilate affirmed that Jesus was King of the Jews, he did not place his faith in the Savior.

Harry Martinez, a resident of Albany, is a retired minister who served a nondenominational congregation in Florida. His weekly column appears in several South Georgia newspapers.