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quid est veritas?

May 13, 2018

quid est veritasquid est veritas

  Those three words were uttered by Pontius Pilate to Jesus in a mocking manner just before he washed his hands and condemned Jesus to death while knowing there was no basis for the conviction. The Latin translates to “what is truth” and he uttered those words to the man who claimed to be the truth. That last statement is not quite right–Pilate uttered those words to the Truth.

  In his book “Jesus Shock” Dr. Peter Kreeft summed it up like this: “Pilate’s skeptical sneer “What is truth?” was addressed to Truth Himself, standing there right in front of his face. The world’s stupidest question was three words; God’s profoundest answer was one Word.” 

  I love that quote, it is concise and straight to the point.

  There is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes) Pilate questioned truth thousands of years ago and today we live in a world where subjective truth and subjective relativism seem to rule the lands. People are still asking the same question.

  Subjective truth simply means that whatever is true to one person may not be true to another, there is no universal truth because everybody has their own version of the truth, while subjective relativism means any action is moral if a person approves of the action.

  This is simply not true: first of all the statement that nothing is universally true is a paradox because that statement itself could then not be true. But the fact is there is only one truth (and this goes for all issues) and there are universally accepted morals which all people are expected to follow. 

  People who do not accept these truths are afraid to accept them because they want to believe the highest authority is man and they do not want to consider the possibility that they might have to answer to a higher power.

  In their most extreme form subjective truth and subjective relativism would lead to anarchy. These philosophies will eventually lead us into a free for all where anything goes, chaos, so there has to be a steadying force.

  Some would say that governments are that steadying force but governments are instituted by man and are subject to the same folly of man which got us to this point in the first place, therefor there has to be more.

  This brings me back to quid est veritas: While Pontius Pilate was mocking Jesus I think it is a question which everybody should ask if they have not already. Instead of accepting the truth as you believe it to be, search for the truth as it is. 

 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8 NIV)

  Many people are unhappy in this world because they are missing something, and I think many people understand they are missing something in their lives but they do not know what it is. They try to fill this emptiness with earthly treasures but still find life empty. To them I say knock on that door and see where it takes you, you might be surprised at the fulfillment you receive.

  Some people are afraid to knock on that door because they just might discover truth is not what they thought it was (or wanted it to be) but I would say to them, do not be afraid (I read somewhere that “do not be afraid” is mentioned 365 times in the Bible, making it a daily verse to live by) because you just might find the “rest in your soul”  you have been seeking (See Matthew 11:29)

  “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”  (Lao Tzu)

  Take that step, knock on the door, because Jesus gave us the answer: “I am the way, the truth, and the light.”  And when you accept this “the truth shall make you free.” (john 8:32 KJV)

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  1. May 15, 2018 2:23 pm

    “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Cor 2:14
    Like you discuss, Pilate was ‘blind’ to this “spiritual reality” – that the personification and incarnate TRUTH was standing beside him in the form of Jesus – who had way more ‘authority and power’ than himself, but he was oblivious to that fact (his arrogance and pride was akin to his sin nature). Where Jesus displayed meekness (Matthew 11:29) even though He could’ve call upon endless power ~ which he put aside to do the will of his Father.
    People today would rather believe in ‘space or dimension aliens’ than God, because they aren’t ‘pure’ like God is. How people ‘instinctively know that’ is a study of its own! Sensationalism, euphoria and high imagination to the lost is considered ‘freer’ than their ‘preconceived ideas’ about God, much less knocking on His door!
    Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
    Appreciate your thoughts here Steve, that ‘Truth’ is more important to our “being” than we realize, even after we’ve been ‘saved from damnation’! [By believing God and His provision for us: saving us from our sin nature and paying the debt accrued to our acct.]
    The ‘virtue’ we gain by believing Truth makes us whole and complete IN HIM spiritually (Christ Jesus) unto Eternal Life.
    2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
    Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

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    • May 15, 2018 6:49 pm

      Excellent points! You made an interesting note about Pilate with Jesus having more authority than Pilate and it reminds me of when Pilate basically says to Jesus “do you know who I am?” Of course those weren’t his exact words but he was telling Jesus he should be respected because he could set Jesus free, but of course Jesus reminded Pilate he would have no authority if it wasn’t handed down from above. (That could make an interesting topic for another post.
      I also like your comment about the meekness of Jesus. When he was being asked why he couldn’t save Himself I have thought that if it were me (don’t take that the wrong way) I would have come down from the cross just for a minute to show I could, but of course that is because I am thinking with human emotions.

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      • May 15, 2018 9:31 pm

        Thanks, glad you liked the comments 🙂
        Pilate’s ‘authority’ handed down from above, good point. In Luke 4 the devil tells Jesus that he has “the authority” to give him or whosoever he chooses.
        Luke 4:6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
        The ‘fame, fortune and glory’ is enticing to ones who desire it ~ human nature to be ‘thought of highly’.
        [It’s said that many entertainers and celebrities have gotten popular via the devils empowerment △.]
        I think if you had God’s power and knowing you’d respond the way Jesus did too.You’d see the evil intentions and envy of sin ladened men/women for who they were (blind, deaf & dumb). You’d know those you were dying for and those (the goat and tares) that didn’t belong in your fold (not dying for), serving the purpose to provide the ‘needed payment’ to wipe the slate clean.
        If only we ‘saw and thought’ that way more in the “here and now” (having the mind of Christ)! those human emotions would be seen for what they are: temporal & vanity.
        Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him [Truth], and stablished in the faith [substance/quality of Truth], as ye have been taught [by the Holy Spirit], abounding therein with thanksgiving.
        Christ will return more to our ‘understanding’ of reclaiming & restoring what was stolen and lost! 💥⚡️


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