Essay: Where is the truth?
"I am the way, the truth,…"
The title of this essay seems very philosophical. Epistemology, the study of knowledge and how we can know, is the branch of philosophy that deals with whether there is an absolute truth. But if there is not an absolute truth, then God is not absolute. This is the presupposition of atheists and agnostics. Whether they realize it or not, atheists deny the existence of absolutes. What is God if not the infinite, the ultimate?
To believe in God is to believe that there is one truth, and that it is knowable. But many people think that the truth is unknowable. God would not hide the truth from us, in fact he sent the truth to earth, “and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” The Word is truth. The Word is Jesus. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Jesus is the Lord, the Truth, the Word.
We know these things already. One truth and his name is Jesus Christ. But the “Word” is also the Bible. The Word of God is the only truth on this earth that we can depend on no matter what. “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
But the question remains. Where is truth? There are so many English versions of the Bible, how can one be the inspired Word of God? God would not hide the truth from us. He would not give us one English translation and then dispense another with a different meaning. Truth does not change.
Do we merely pick the version that suits us best? Should we continue to translate the Bible until it meets our standards? Must men interpret the Bible according to their own interests? Perhaps if the world changes, and the nation needs a more specific Bible, we should change it. Perhaps the Bible we have is too soft on liberals, too weak in its language. Perhaps God didn’t know about the United States when he wrote the Bible.
I’ve picked the King James Bible, the inerrant, infallible, inspired Word of God. But this is not an essay about why the KJV is the one and only Bible, this is about where the truth is. More precisely, that the truth is not found when we all get together and come to a consensus on what will foil the liberals.
Truth does not change. We must decide on one answer, one version without exceptions. Truth does not come through trial and error, or through a refining process, or through the opinions of people. It comes through dispensation of God alone: we ought not to tamper with it.