Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Truth and Truthiness

I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice. ~Jesus

In 2006, editors of the Oxford American Dictionary chose truthiness to be their “Word of the Year.” James Emery White says of the term (made popular by comedian, Stephen Colbert):

The idea behind truthiness is that actual facts don’t matter. What matters is how we feel, for we as individuals are the final arbiters of truth. Truthiness is the bald assertion that we not only discern truth for ourselves from the facts at hand, but also create truth for ourselves despite the facts at hand (“Christ Among The Dragons,” p. 24).

The novelty of the word is gone but truthiness remains.

“Hands up, don’t shoot”? Truthiness.

American men wage war on American women? Truthiness.

Jobless Muslims hijacked a religion of peace? Truthiness.

Tax & spend Democrats vs. Big-government Republicans? Truthiness.

You get the picture.

What Francis Schaeffer called “true truth” is harder to get at nowadays than government employee e-mails. But truthiness is nothing new. Nearly 2,000 years ago Pontius Pilate asked Jesus Christ, “What is truth?”

What he meant by this we may never know. But we do know this: Jesus is absolutely trustworthy. He tells us the truth. Truthiness has no part in Him. Jesus says as a matter of fact—not opinion: “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

Christ offers truth; the world truthiness. Which do you prefer?