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What is Truth?
John 18:28-38


      In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. John 18:37

A.      Purpose For Answering This Question

1.      You will be able to better discern and stand against worldly lies. Col. 2:8

2.      Col. 2:23 - the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement …

3.      1 Tim. 6:20 - avoid worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge.”


I.         What the World Believes

A.      Barna Survey (1991)

1.      “No such thing as absolute truth”. 66% of Americans agreed: 72% of 18-25 year olds, 59% of 55+ year olds.

a.      "Truth is whatever you believe."

b.      "There is no absolute truth."

c.      "If there were such a thing as absolute truth, how could we know what it is?"

d.      "People who believe in absolute truth are dangerous."

B.     Barna Survey (March 2009)

1.      Only 34% believe that moral truth is absolute

a.      Not much difference between 1991 and 2009

b.      What has that said for the way parents have raised their children during the last 20 years?

2.      Only 9% have a “biblical world view.”*

C.     “Biblical World View”

1.      Believing that absolute moral truth exists;

2.      The Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches.

3.      Satan is considered to be a real being or force, not merely symbolic.

4.      A person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or do good works.

5.      Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth.

6.      God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today.

D.     Barna: “Why It Matters”

1.      “Barna’s research has discovered that there are unusually large differences in behavior related to matters such as media use, profanity, gambling, alcohol use, honesty, civility, and sexual choices.”

2.      “Barna concluded by noting that the lack of movement in the worldview status of adults reflects the fact that children are not provided with the basic ability to think in ways that correspond to foundational biblical teachings.”

E.     Proof Is In The Pudding

1.      I asked group of teenagers/college age students: “What is Truth?”

2.      None were able to answer the question.

3.      When I pressed one student no definitive or conclusive answer was given.

4.      The group realized the need to be able to concretely understand biblical fundamentals.

II.       What the Bible Says

A.      What is Truth?

1.       Truth is what we must conform to based upon the character, will or revelation from God.

a.      Love is true because God’s character and motives are all based upon such. 1 Jn. 4:8-11

b.      Lying is sin … because God cannot lie. Heb. 6:18

c.      The world is flat? … no. Isa. 40:22

d.      Jesus is “the truth” whom must conform to. Jn. 14:6; Rom. 8:29

B.     Truth Begins with God

1.       Jesus, the express image of God (Heb. 1:3; Matt. 1:23) claims to BE “the truth”. Jn. 14:6

2.       Therefore – Because God is the source of truth, we must conform our lives to His will if we hope to have salvation. Jn. 8:32

III.      How Christians Should React

A.      We must decide

1.       From the beginning. Gen. 1-3

a.      Believe God or a lie. Gen. 3:1-5

2.       Even today. Rom. 1:20-25; 2 Thess. 2:8-12

a.      That Jesus is the Christ. 1 Jn. 2:21-27 (4:3)

b.      He was born in the flesh. 2 Jn. 7-11

B.     Choose Whom You Will Believe

1.       Jesus – “He who believes and is baptized will be saved.” Mk. 16:16

2.       The world – No need to believe … no need to be baptized. Deception of men.


A.      Conforming to Christ (Truth)

1.      We move from 1) accepting to being convicted, 2) from doing to doing with conviction.

a.     It is when we become convicted that our lives are transformed. Rom. 12:1-2

b.      Because of our convictions we cannot help but speak and move … to God’s glory.


Glory to God in the church by Christ Jesus
Franklin Church of Christ