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.” “What is truth?” Pilate asked. (John 18:37–38, NIV 1984).
My Musings – What causes the loss of credibility (the quality of being believable or worthy of trust)? Lies and broken promises. We’ve been lied to by the media. We’ve been lied to by the politicians. We’ve been lied to by the scientists. Not all the media. Not all the politicians. Not all the scientists. But we do not know who to believe anymore. So we continue to listen to the media. We continue to re-elect the incumbents. We continue to follow anything claiming to be science. Because we can no longer distinguish the truth from a lie, right from wrong or whose science to follow. Pick a side or color. Right or left. Red or blue. “What is truth?” It doesn’t matter. It seems that most (again not all) are only interested in their version of the “truth.” Spin it. Dress it up. Inflate the numbers. Be selective in disclosing only the “facts” that support the lie. And the collateral damage? You and me.
My Advice – “What is truth,” you may ask? Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6, NIV 1984). Why trust Him? He and the Father are one and “not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave.” (1 Kings 8:56, NIV 1984).
Are you hungry for the truth? Don’t just take my word for it. I may not have the credibility or level of trust you require. Listen to Jesus. “Everyone on the side of truth [should] listen to [Him].” Check Him out for yourself. No lies. No broken promises. Ever. And one of His last promises?
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’ Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’ ” (Mt 25:31–34, 41, NIV 1984).
Is He credible? Is He trustworthy? The truth really does matter.